A Conversation between Jody Wood and Dionisio Cruz,
Moderated by Rubin Foundation Artistic Director Sara Reisman
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6 – 8pm
The 8th Floor, 17 W17th St.
Jody Wood, In the Black Box (Looking Out), 2016. Two channel video.
Dionisio Cruz is a bilingual, bicultural social worker. He has created, developed, and directed programs with populations of all ages, from the very sick to the very healthy, at venues from community-based organizations to hospitals including St. Vincent’s, where he coordinated an AIDS program. He is rooted in a tradition of empowerment through education, information, and mutual respect, grounded clinically in family therapy and systems theory. He has consulted for The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) in Syracuse, NY. He is currently Director of Social Services and clinical coordinator at a NYC homeless shelter for people over 50 with mental and physical challenges. He has also played percussion for theatre, dance classes, and art installations for over 45 years.
Jody Wood is an artist whose work is time-based and performative, utilizing video, installation, performance, and community organization to engage with socially charged content. Primarily focusing on transitional experiences of death, trauma, and social isolation, she aims to unpack and meaningfully interpret these issues by working one-on-one with members of her community. Wood has been supported by organizations including Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The first iteration of Choreographing Care was supported by the Esopus Foundation.She was a participant in the 2014 Open Engagement Conference at Queens Museum, and has presented collaborative community-based projects in NYC at El Museo del Barrio and in Seoul, South Korea at Temporary Space Artist Residency, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, One-Circle Community Theatre, and the Senior Welfare Center of Seoul. Wood is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pace University.