Artist Talks: Willie Stewart, Mengxi “Althea” Rao and Anatar Marmol-Gagné

Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Artspace, 50 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510

Artspace’s 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence discusses his exhibition Willie Stewart: VIDEOS in the Project Room. We will also meet our 2019-20 Artists in Residence Mengxi “Althea” Rao and Anatar Marmol-Gagné.

6-6:10pm – Willie Stewart, film screening
6:10-6:25 – Willie Artist Talk
6:25-6:45 – Q + A with the audience
6:45-7pm – presentation by Anatar
7-7:15pm – presentation by Althea
7:15-7:30 – Q + A with the audience
7:30-8pm – mingling


After graduating from The Cooper Union in New York, Willie Stewart went on to do his MFA at Yale University which he completed earlier this year. Solo exhibitions include “Grande Ole Opera” at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY (2017), “House on Fascination Street” at Motel, Brooklyn (2016), “Runners” at Seed Space, Nashville, TN (2016), “Six Flags Part 2” at 41 Cooper Gallery, New York and “The Love You Withhold is the Pain that You Carry” at Kijidome, Boston, MA. Since 2017 Stewart has been represented by Moran Moran Gallery, Los Angeles.
MengXi “Althea” Rao calls herself a cultural facilitator. She creates social engagement models to facilitate open and playful conversations around topics that are traditionally associated with shame and negativity, such as inherited privilege, mental illness, gender and sexuality.  Her works empower individuals and help them find reconciliation with their cultures and selves. Originally from China, Althea trained in journalism and film, holds an MFA from Temple University, and was most recently a Halcyon Arts Lab Social Impact Fellow in Washington DC, where her work was featured in the By The People festival. During her residency, Althea will work on a project that explores cross-generational pelvic health through the merging of cutting-edge technology, music, play and collaboration. 
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Anatar Marmol-Gagne holds a Masters of Fine Arts in University of Connecticut’s renowned Puppet Arts program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts  in English-Creative Writing from Hunter College, NY.  During her residency, she plans to meld her background in art, dance, writing, fiber and fabrication with her training in puppetry to create an immersive installation that tells the story of DREAMers.  Anatar trained at the National Puppetry Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center, taught children’s puppet workshops, performed in puppet slams and festivals at venues such as Dixon Place in NYC, and curated and founded the Pinned & Sewtured Puppet Slam in New Haven.