Within Lisa Alvarado’s (b. 1982, San Antonio, TX, lives Chicago) paintings, shamanistic tradition collides with a critical inquiry of cultural appropriation and assimilation. The repeated motifs found in her work are often sourced from the history of spiritual and sacred traditions of invisible cultures. Alvarado is a visual artist and member of Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, who has exhibited and performed in cultural events and institutions including Szalon, Reva and David Logan Center Gallery, University of Chicago (2014); Eastern Daze Festival, Ghent, Belgium (2014); Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago (2014); Cave12, Geneva, Switzerland (2014); Doug Aitken’s Station To Station (2013); The Traditional Object, Soccer Club, Chicago (2013); Sant’Anna Arressi Jazz Festival, Sardinia, Italy (2013); Café OTO, London (2013); Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Montreal (2013); Face the Strange, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2012); Estrada, Poznań, Poland (2012); Henry Miller Library, Big Sur (2012); The Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music Festival (2012); Nuit Blanche, Guelph International Jazz Festival (2011); Issue Project Room, New York (2010) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design with Theaster Gates (2010). She has also performed with Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi in The Black Monastic, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2014); Revealed, in James Turrell’s Skyspace, Stonescape, Napa Valley (2013) and 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012). Alvarado is currently in The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, curated by naomi beckwith and dieter roelstraete, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2015). the exhibition will travel to the institute of contemporary art (ICA), University of pennsylvania, opening September 14, 2016.