Choreographing Care: A Conversation between Jody Wood and Dionisio Cruz, Moderated by Rubin Foundation Artistic Director Sara Reisman

Choreographing Care: A Conversation between Jody Wood and Dionisio Cruz,
Moderated by Rubin Foundation Artistic Director Sara Reisman

Thursday, July 21, 2016
6 to 8pm

Jody Wood,  In the Black Box (Looking Out),  2016

Jody Wood, In the Black Box (Looking Out), 2016

Multimedia artist Jody Wood and social worker Dionisio Cruz discussed the direct and indirect effects of the overburdening of social workers, the intangible aspects of care and empathy, and the need for self-care in the caregiving community. The conversation centered on Wood's Beauty in Transition (on view in the exhibition In the Power of Your Care), her film project In the Black Box (Looking Out) which features Dionisio Cruz, and a series of workshops entitled Choreographing Care. Due to many factors such as the increased bureaucracy of care institutions and decreased salaries, constraints on social workers are becoming tighter, and secondary trauma is simply attributed to the 'cost of caring' while recent studies have shown that social workers and caregivers often experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


Dionisio Cruz is a bi­lingual, bi­cultural social worker. He has created, developed, and directed programs with populations of all ages, from the very sick to the very healthy, at venues from community-based organizations to hospitals including St. Vincent’s, where he coordinated an AIDS program. He is rooted in a tradition of empowerment through education, information, and mutual respect, grounded clinically in family therapy and systems theory. He has consulted for The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County (La Liga) in Syracuse, NY. He is currently Director of Social Services and clinical coordinator at a NYC homeless shelter for people over 50 with mental and physical challenges. He has also played percussion for theatre, dance classes, and art installations for over 45 years.

Jody Wood is an artist whose work is time-based and performative, utilizing video, installation, performance, and community organization to engage with socially charged content. Primarily focusing on transitional experiences of death, trauma, and social isolation, she aims to unpack and meaningfully interpret these issues by working one-on-one with members of her community. Wood has been supported by organizations including Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The first iteration of Choreographing Care was supported by Esopus Foundation. She was a participant in the 2014 Open Engagement Conference at Queens Museum, and has presented collaborative community-based projects in NYC at El Museo del Barrio and in Seoul, South Korea at Temporary Space Artist Residency, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, One-Circle Community Theatre, and the Senior Welfare Center of Seoul. Wood is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pace University.