Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Monday, April 18
Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki Olivo)

About the Event

Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki Olivo)
Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM
Rice Cinema, Sewall Hall #301
Event registration below
*Warning, nudity and sexual content.

Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki Olivo) is a conceptual, performance and installation artist. Her work often draws on the emotional resonance of found objects and shared experiences, exploring love, mortality, power relations and states of being. Much of her recent work directly reflects her experiences transitioning and integrates the redistribution of financial support and exhibition opportunities from the art world to her community of Trans/GNC/2S + POC

Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki Olivo) lives and works in New York. She is the recent recipient of Toby’s Award, given every two years by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio. Recent solo exhibitions include “I’m Jade. I’m a trans woman trans womxn trans femme two spirit human being. Life feels long even though it hasn’t been all that long. A brain tumor surgically removed, getting divorced, losing my dad, brain tumor resurgence scare, starting hormone replacement therapy, experiencing sexual assault and rape multiple times and coming out as a woman. This exhibition is a roller coaster of the emotions feelings but also thoughts connections that happened over this span of time… only a little more than a decade. This exhibition covers the span of Puppies Puppies to Jade. It’s hard to get up each morning. My heart aches but I’m happy to be a woman. I’ll try my best to enjoy life even though society makes it difficult. From dust to dust I am but a speck on this planet and I wonder how to use this short life of mine. Trying not to let my trauma take over but still be kind to yourself Jade. This is the end of a decade • a new way of working coming soon. Sincerely, Jade Kuriki Olivo”, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland; BODY FLUID: BLOOD, Remai Modern, Sakatoon, Canada; PLAGUE, Halle für Kunst, Luneberg, Germany; Anxiety, Depression & Triggers, Balice Hertling, Paris, France; Executive Order 9066 (Soul Consoling Tower), Queer Thoughts, New York; Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany; Andrew D. Olivo 6.7.89-6.7.18, What Pipeline, Detroit, Michigan; Puppies Puppies, XYZ Collective, Tokyo. Her work was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the 9th Berlin Biennale and X Nicaraguan Biennale.


Rice University Spring 2022 Visiting Artist Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Center for African and African American Studies and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, with support from the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning.


Discounted parking at Founder’s Court. $5 flat rate, credit card required.

Directions & Parking

Entrance #1, or entrance #20

Nearest visitor parking lot:
Founders Court 
Lovett Lot


Sewall Hall
Rice Cinema, room 301