Artist Talk + Gaming

POSTPONED—Playing with Emotions: Risa Puno at Queen & Rook

April 5, 2024
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A photograph of the artist Risa Puno, a young woman with black hair, a warm colored blouse and grey jeans. Her recliner-like seat is made of green felted leaves.
Risa Puno, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Group Hug, 2024. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Please Note: This event has been postponed. Ticketholders will be reimbursed and notified when the event is rescheduled.

Games are at the heart of Risa Puno’s artistic practice. In Group Hug, Puno uses the strategies of games to examine complex ideas of care. Join the artist at Queen & Rook to learn about her unique game design process in which she explores personal and social problems through role play, teamwork, strategy, synchronization, and communication.

Cap off the evening with a friendly game of your choosing from Queen and Rook’s extensive archive in their new medieval-style location!

Organized in conjunction with Risa Puno: Group Hug.

Event Information

April 5, 2024
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Queen & Rook
123 South Street, Philadelphia, 19147


$30 Public | $20 FWM Members


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About the Artist

Born in the US and raised in Kentucky, Risa Puno is a sculpture and installation artist who uses interactivity and play to understand how we relate to one another. Transforming recognizable pastimes and games into metaphors for complex social interactions, Puno creates unexpected points of access that allow people to tap into feelings of nostalgia, desire, competition, comfort, or frustration. 

Puno has completed public art commissions for the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston (2018); NYC Department of Transportation (2013–2014), and an Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant at Rufus King Park in Queens. In 2019, Puno created the acclaimed interactive public art installation The Privilege of Escape as the winning artist of the inaugural Creative Time Open Call, New York. Puno has participated in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (2014), Franconia Sculpture Park, MN (2014); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2013); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2012); The Queens Museum of Art (2010); Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne (2010); MMX Open Art Venue, Berlin (2010); and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2009).  

Puno’s work has been covered by The New Yorker, NPR, Hyperallergic, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She studied art and medicine at Brown University and earned her MFA from New York University. 

About the Venue

Queen & Rook Game Cafe is Philadelphia’s #1 rated and award-winning board game cafe with a restaurant, bar, and retail game and puzzle store all rolled into one. In spring 2024, Queen & Rook expanded into a larger space at 123 South Street, accompanied by the introduction of an all-new retro video game arcade. With an enhanced entertainment experience, Queen & Rook provides options for families and gamers of all ages, with modern and nostalgic board games, video games, and a full restaurant and bar.

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Group Hug is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.