A Community Project by
Anna Adler, Corinne Cappelletti and Julia Rooney
REMAP was a collaborative project involving meditation, recipe sharing, and map-making with homeless and formerly homeless community groups. Facilitated by artists Anna Adler, Julia Rooney, and Corinne Cappelletti (alumni of the 2014 Engaging Artist Residency) and funded by a seed grant from More Art, REMAP consisted of workshops held July through December 2015. REMAP aimed to trace the often invisible journeys and stories of transient populations in NYC through visual art, movement, and cooking. The goal was to generate a creative dialogue and exchange between the homeless and the homed through the process of mapping. This Open Session was held at Jefferson Market Library in New York City, December 2015.
A Panel Discussion with Legacy Specialists
This panel discussion featured artist-archivists Antonia Perez, Julia Rooney, and Rose Nestler in conversation with Metropolitan Museum of Art Sculpture Conservator Kendra Roth. The program explored each artist’s own work, and how the artist’s voice can play a role in shaping their legacy.
This event was part of the fourth season of the ongoing CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted by Pratt Institute in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.
Produced by John Alexander of Crook & Nanny Productions, this trailer introduces Rooney's ongoing project, paper paper. Footage includes installation of the exhibition at Kopeikin Gallery (Spring 2019); a conversation with John Walsh, former Director of the Getty Museum; and a public papermaking workshop held at the Art & Social Activism Festival (Fall 2019) organized by Nicholas Cohn.
This project is ongoing; media will be updated in the coming year when public workshops can resume.
Letter Writing as Proposition, the Importance of Touch, and Collaborative Making with
Julia Rooney and Maya Strauss
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, painters Julia Rooney and Maya Strauss continue to find ways of staying in touch at a distance by writing letters and sending each other works through the the mail. While graduate students at the Yale School of Art, Julia and Maya began their correspondence on the occasion of a dual critique. During this evaluation, each artist presented her work in a shared critique space, but before jumping into the crit, the artists read a selection of the letters with which each slipped under their studio doors from the past month. This experiment has lead to further correspondences between the artists, allowing each to carve out a contemplative space for meandering within one’s own thoughts. In this conversation, we talk about running/walking, keeping a journal, graduate study, and the importance of touch within painting.
This episode of the podcast PERSPECTIVES features a conversation between Samuel Shapiro, Julia Rooney and Alteronce Gumby reflecting on the past and present of painterly abstraction.
JULIA ROONEY INTERVIEWED BY
In this conversation with Jennifer Earthman, the artist describes the path that led her to abstraction, abstraction’s pervasive history, and its particular relevance today: “In today’s world where the fact/fiction dichotomy is especially fraught, abstraction offers a third option—a way of thinking that does not foreclose thought, at the same time that it does not evade the messiness of debate.” She also discusses her belief in the psychological resonance of color, particularly through certain juxtapositions.
JULIA ROONEY & SARA STERN IN CONVERSATION
Continuing their tradition of interviewing each other, the two artists discuss the medium of painting and its many lives; artistic research and source material; installation; and the pervasive influence of social media.
ART AT HOME: A CONVERSATION WITH JULIA ROONEY
Caroline Tisdale speaks with painter Julia Rooney to discuss the exhibition she curated, Open House, and the effects of the pandemic on the art world.
Image by Chanél van der Merwe for Conversation X.