SoMad has curated a roster of artistic talent to create original works at Moynihan and host open workshops across the visual & literary arts. Centered on the artists’ longstanding incorporation of Moleskine into their practices, the events and installations will breathe artistic life into the new flagship space and create lasting memories with archival works on paper.
Opening Event with Keith Lafuente
February 8, 6-8pm
Join us for our upcoming opening event featuring fashion looks handmade by Keith Lafuente. Keith assembled illustrated pages into two incredible garments, displayed in front of Moleskine screens with custom limited edition journals available for purchase. Celebrate NYFW by joining us for this event Thursday February 8th at Moynihan Train Hall.
Opening Event November 16, 2023 with David Aliperti, Anderson Osman, and Eva Nelson
SoMad’s Artist in Residence David Aliperti in collaboration with Anderson Osman and Eva Nelson will create a work of art during the Moynihan Flagship opening event.
Born into a family of mystics in the South American Atlantic Forest, David Aliperti was raised knowing nature as divine. This deep connection with the environment has always been a core tenant of Aliperti’s art, manifesting as sculptural naturalistic forms akin to cellular structures expanding to interconnected ecosystems. Working with clay has enabled Aliperti to intellectualize his place in time, and process cycles of life, death, and duration.
During the opening, the artists will make a work of art in a performance of creation, reimagining through mixed media, computer generated imagery, paint, collage, and drawing on Moleskine screens, a time when the artists’ representation preceded any definitive scientific photographs of naturalia, inspired by a Darwinian style of naturalistic documentation.
Performance Art January 12 & 13, 2024 with Doménica García
Creativity is a holistic practice that requires a harmonious balance between mind and body. In her durational performance piece, interdisciplinary artist Doménica García contemplates on the creative practice. Doménica rearranges a collection of 200 Moleskines throughout the flagship store as she explores the various ways her body can interact with them. The performance is meant to emphasize moments of play, inviting the viewer to think beyond the realm of possibility before returning to the creative process with pen and paper.
Gallery Opening January 18, 2024 with Anthony Padilla
Gallery Opening Event on January 18, 2023, from 6-8 pm with Antony Z Padilla. Join us for a gallery opening event featuring visual artist Anthony Z Padilla as part of our ongoing collaboration with Moleskine at their flagship Moynihan Train Hall location. Featuring site-specific and original artwork, this evening will be an intimate opportunity to meet the artist and connect with the SoMad community while enjoying cheese and wine. Attendees will have the opportunity to collect one of 62 limited edition notebooks hand-painted by Anthony.
Anthony Z Padilla is a Native American oil painter based in Brooklyn, NY. In his recent work, he explores the complexity and chaotic elements found in nature. Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, Henri Rousseau, and Wassily Kandinsky, Anthony’s work depicts minimalistic and overwhelming close-ups in the kingdom of nature where flora and fauna are sovereigns. Anthony’s artwork highlights "the abstract and surreal qualities of our natural world by using the elements found in nature, specifically the jungle, as a means to do so." His paintings are forbidden invitations to enter the glorious, yet hazardous, realm of nature in which humanity does not seem to belong. Self-taught, Anthony built his reputation through a meritocratic approach.
Portrait Sitting January 25 & 26, 2024 with Chris Rodriguez
Chris's workshop will feature a freeform, intuitive portrait sitting with watercolors, as well as a participatory sketchbook and tons of art supplies with which visitors can get creative and play.
Maria Christina Rodriguez is a mixed media multi disciplinary artist whose Filipina heritage and nineteen years in NYC inform her eclectic practice. She likens her artistic multiplicity tohalo-halo, a popular Filipino dessert that pulls together illogically complimentary ingredients into unexpected harmony. From illustration, to painting, prop fabrication, set design, and candle making, Chris embodies experimentation across her practice.
Starting with her jewelry line Arms and Armory that launched at Misshapes and was featured in Heatherette’s FW 2006 show in Bryant Park, Chris began her creative career as creative director of Screaming Mimi’s and a founder of downtown party Six Six Sick where nightlife culture intertwined with creative community.
As Director of Art at SoMad, Chris is concept lead on programs across the arts.