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June 7, 2021 to January 2, 2022 | South Gallery, Balcony Gallery

Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs

Marginal Costs is the first solo museum exhibition of artist Lucia Hierro (b. 1987). Hierro’s practice, which includes sculpture, digital media, and installation, confronts twenty-first century capitalism through an intersectional lens. Appropriating imagery that ranges from commerce to art history, Hierro’s choices manifest her own multidimensional experience as a Dominican American New Yorker. With a studio methodology steeped in Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and European still life painting, as well as her own biographical circumstance, Hierro’s work surveys power, individuality, and opportunity specific to the communities she orbits. Lifting visual matter off the street and media outlets, she expresses subjective storylines that speak to the elasticity of identity—a symptom of our hyperkinetic present. Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition spans work from three distinctive series: recent and new sculptures from the Mercado (Market) series, 2014–; the debut of the Gates, 2021–; as well as her most ambitious wall mural to date—both specially commissioned by The Aldrich.

This exhibition is organized by Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart and will be accompanied by the artist’s first museum publication.

Born in New York City, Lucia Hierro received a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2010) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2013). Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, all in New York; Casa Quién, Santo Domingo; the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, Sean Horton (presents), Dallas Texas and most recently a solo show at Primary Projects. Residencies include: Yaddo, Redbull Arts in Detroit, Fountainhead Residency, Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Market program, and Casa Quién. Her work is part of the JP Morgan Chase art collection, Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, the Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Rennie collection in Vancouver. Hierro lives and works in New York.


Virtual Artist Talk: Lucia Hierro

Artists Lucia Hierro and Joiri Minaya in conversation from December 14, 2021.



Generous support for Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs is provided by The Coby Foundation, The Amadeo Family, The Jacques & Natasha Gelman Foundation, The O'Grady Foundation, Sonia Attkiss, Diana Bowes and James Torrey, and Mary Lou and Jeffrey Shafer. Additional support is provided by Kasia and Greg Kay. The catalogue for Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs is generously supported by the Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown Publications Fund.

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Top image: Lucia Hierro: Marginal Costs (installation view), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, June 7, 2021 to January 2, 2022, Courtesy of the artist and LatchKey Gallery, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella