Artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo invites you to look beyond the uniform and get to know the artists and experts who work in MoMA’s Department of Security. This audio playlist features personally meaningful stories about works of art from the officers who protect them every day.
Rosado-Seijo is an artist who uses collective processes to work with specific communities. When he was invited to collaborate with MoMA’s Department of Education as part of the Catalyst Program, he set out to tell visitors stories from voices they don’t typically hear. This audio playlist is the result of a collective effort driven by the nine officers involved in the project. Like Rosado-Seijo, they are artists themselves and their creative practices give them unique perspectives on the Museum and its collection. Join them to hear about how a modernist sculpture inspires graffiti, how being in uniform makes you feel invisible, finding self-love through daily visits to one painting, and other accounts from the front lines of the Museum.
To listen to Beyond the Uniform, download MoMA’s app, visit moma.org/audio, or pick up a device at an Audio desk in the Museum.
Download a location guide for a list of Beyond the Uniform audio stops, or pick one up at the Audio desk in the main lobby.
Please note that some of the works referenced in this audio playlist may not remain on view in the galleries throughout the duration of this project.
Chemi Rosado-Seijo is a socially engaged artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2002, he has worked with residents of the El Cerro community, a neighborhood south of San Juan, to present public art projects, workshops, and other community initiatives. In 2006, together with legendary skateboarder Roberto “Boly” Cortez, they inaugurated La Perla’s Bowl, a sculpture built with residents of San Juan’s La Perla community that functions as both a skate ramp and a pool. From 2009 to 2013, Rosado-Seijo organized exhibitions in his apartment in Santurce, creating a center for meeting and exchange in the Puerto Rican contemporary art scene. Since 2014 he has organized the annual La Perla Portrait Kite Festival, a community event for making and flying kites over the Atlantic coastline. His first solo exhibition in the US, Chemi Rosado-Seijo: Communities in Motion/Comunidades en Movimiento, opened at Georgetown University in January 2020.
José Colon aka HateOne/156 is a graffiti artist and style writer from Fort Greene, Brooklyn. His early development and imagination was heavily influenced by participating in the New York graffiti community of the 1980s. He is part of the famous "156Allstars" graffiti crew that was founded by international artist Jonone. Colon served in the Armed Forces and subsequently pursued an art degree through the GI Bill. He has worked as a Security Officer at MoMA for 21 years and is influenced in his style writing and graffiti by developments in modern and contemporary art. You can see his street art on Instagram @hate_156.
Chet Gold is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in the Bronx. His primary artistic focus has centered on painting and the art of rapping since the age of 11. After studying at "Fame" (LaGuardia High School of Art and Performing Arts), where he majored in art, he went on to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, receiving his BFA in fine arts with a focus on illustration. His employment as a security supervisor at the MoMA is framed as a “residency,” which allows him to use art, and in particular his art, as a way to love and support himself. Gold works with gold paint on mirrors, which acts as a visual affirmation. “I see myself in love, while challenging myself to live in my highest form. Being Gold is about being honest, in relation to my word, and with intentional actions to live a high integrity life no matter what I do.”
Rabbila Konock is a feminist and nature lover from Bangledesh. She finds creative expression in makeup art and taking selfies. She appreciates all forms of art and likes to learn about the diversity of the world through being friendly with the people she meets at MoMA.
José Martinez is an artist and hip-hop enthusiast from Harlem. A true artist at his core, Martinez is inspired by different styles from all over the world and various periods in history. The son of first-generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic, his inspirations and experiences gave rise to his very own aesthetic—one that truly embodies the essence of modern art. Follow him on Instagram @LovexMoneyxMusic.
Kevin Reid aka LuxuReid is a rapper and songwriter from Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He is an avid world traveler, and two of his favorite destinations are New Orleans and Aruba. His influences in life include his mother and father, born in Virginia and Trinidad and Tobago respectively; Jay-Z; and Childish Gambino. His other hobbies include screenwriting, watching movies, and being a brand ambassador for the clothing line @nofakeloveapparel. Make sure you get in tune with Reid and all his upcoming ventures on Instagram @_luxureid.
Eva Luisa Rodríguez is a Taina-made artist and feminist who embraces all aspects of art. From painting and music to poetry and drawing, she takes her experiences and creates her own forms of artwork. Find her work at http://arterodical.crevado.com.
Eric “Scottie” Scott aka ACRIME145ER is a style writer and graffiti artist from Harlem. His style-writer name, ACRIME, stands for Always Creating Raw Images Most Effective. He is a member of the style-writer team TMT (The Magnificent Team, The Midas Touch, Ten Million Tags, El Magnifico Equipo). Follow him on Instagram @studiedunderbrucelee.
Joseph N. Tramantano is a drummer, pencil-sketch artist, and voice actor. These are all hobbies from his past, which have gone beyond the “hobby” level. For monsters, metal, and ’80s mayhem, check it out on Instagram @c.h.u.d._ster.
Brian Wilson AKA Soigné Deluxe is a multidisciplinary artist. He attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and his performance art features otherworldly costumes that he designs and builds. He does synthetic polymer paintings of funtastical creatures that live in a world he created called ZUBENELGANUBI. He has created thousands of characters, and when he performs he brings his alien diva paintings to life. He is a cofounder and designer of POOPIDOODLE NYC T-shirts. He also does paintings and takes photos of interesting people, including his husband Brad, drag queens, nightlife personalities, and himself. Wilson would like everyone to laugh, move their bodies, enjoy this life, explore, and bask in fascination! You can view Brian's art and more on his Facebook page, The Soigné Deluxe Museum, and on Instagram @Briansoignewilson.