Born in Argentina, Magdalena Marcenaro has lived in New York City for more than a decade. Working with photography and mixed media, Marcenaro forms deeply textured, often ferocious, narratives joining nostalgic images with sudden, emotional moments. Her aim is to inspire dialogue about personal experience and prompt a thoughtful pause in the roller coaster of life. Her work, often deeply textured, exposes vulnerability joined with sudden ferocity, and nostalgia linked to sudden joy.


Macenaro toys with both popular and religious iconography through photography, silkscreen, oil pastels, collage, and spray paint, with an eye to giving each piece an organic, poetic end form. Topics included beauty, consumerism, and romance, all connected by a desire to provoke conversation between different cultures and question the false ideas espoused in an overloaded mass media market.

 

There is power in the both juxtaposition of media and juxtaposition of individual pieces in Marcenaro’s oeuvre. Marcenaro has shown in Buenos Aires, New York and Miami, including her solo exhibition at Gowanus Print Lab, group shows at the Scope Foundation, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and The Urban Folk Art Gallery. Some of her commissioned murals clients include The Nu Hotel , The Vault – Miami and Gowanus Print Lab.

In 1916, as a flood of new workers for Flint’s automobile factories caused housing shortages, the directors of Flint’s Board of Commerce formed the Civic Building Association. The association had built 133 houses on four hundred acres of farmland by December 1917, when a slump in the automobile industry and World War I slowed construction.
 
After the 1918 Armistice, General Motors Corporation agreed to complete the project. The Dupont Corporation, General Motors’ controlling shareholder, organized the Modern House Corporation and added 280 acres and constructed 950 homes in less than nine months. At the peak of construction, Dupont employed forty-six hundred people. Postwar house prices ranged from $3,500 to $8,000. A typical home had five or six rooms, a slate roof, an open porch and a basement. Curved streets, planned park areas and tree-lined boulevards added to the attractiveness of the community.

 

Today, the Civic Park Neighborhood Association is striving to bring back this neighborhood after years of neglect.