Food Material: Lucia Hierro and Bianca Morán

For the fourth installment of this series, artist Lucia Hierro connected with Active Cultures’ former curator Bianca Morán to talk about the genesis of the series of work in which Lucia reimagines traditional art historical references, from Dutch still lifes to Spanish bodegones. Hierro reinterprets and reinvigorates these forms within the context of diaspora and community, with pointed critiques about access, colonialism, and capitalism. Lucia and Bianca discussed the formative experiences that shape Lucia’s work and the ways that food and meals function as language and symbols of community within her practice.

About the Artists

Bianca Morán
Bianca Morán (she/hers) is a curator, educator, and writer based in New York and was previously the Curator of Public Programs at Active Cultures. A former K-16 educator in Los Angeles, her work is deeply informed by her training in culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy. Her research interests include history,...
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Lucia Hierro
Lucia Hierro was born in New York City and 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,...
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About the Series

Food Material is a series organized by Active Cultures’ former curator Bianca Morán that explores how foodways provide a window into our most fundamental beliefs about cultural expression, equity, environmental sustainability, and ourselves. 

In the ongoing series Food Material, artists and food practitioners share ingredients and material on their minds and in their lives, diving deep into their histories and meaning today. These conversations in the studio (and sometimes kitchen) often include friends and special guests, addressing how ingredients can take us from cooking-in-quarantine to questions of scarcity or accessibility, as well as the confluence of food and art-making.


Food Material was made possible in part through the generous support of the Active Cultures Board of Directors; Founders Circle members Mehran and Laila Taslimi; and the Wilhelm Family Foundation.

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DATE: November 9, 2020



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