Welcome to Remezcla’s guide to the can’t miss Latino art openings and events in your city. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or
Future Funk Fashion: Antonio Lopez
Nuyorican fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez widened the representation of women of color in the high fashion world with his images of supermodels Grace Jones and Pat Cleveland, among others. He, along with his art director Juan Ramos, is credited with challenging beauty ideals by including racialized aesthetics in his work. Lopez was known for working closely with Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, and Andy Warhol, while partying at Studio 54 with the hottest supermodels of the 70s and 80s. His illustrations were published at top publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. Lopez’s daring illustrations of high fashion icons, fantasy shoe prototypes, instamatic photos, and more will be on view in a solo show at Museo del Barrio–the proper venue, given Lopez was raised in East Harlem. The show opens June 14th.
Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
This project aims to kickstart a discussion about the current global displacement crisis outside the frame of mainstream media. In the gallery, collective guerilla.art.mx is showing woodcuts and other works by Oaxacan street artist Yescka. They will also be speaking about their work with Syrian refugees in Europe and their approach to art as a means to facilitate social movements. Yescka will be collaborating with Kate Deciccio, Max Albee, and NURTUREart to realize a mural with students at MS136 in Sunset Park. The gallery opening will be June 11 from 7 to 9pm.
Open Source Gallery
306 17th Street,
Brooklyn, South Slope, NY
The Loisaida Center’s artist-in-residence Florencia Escudero, along with Brigid Moore, curated a film screening of New York artists who work in video. The artists are Richard Choi, Jake Davidson, Tiona McClodden, Brigid Moore, Cristina Tufino, Zulu Padilla, Julian Chams, Tommy Kha, Jordie Oetken, Itzel Alejandra Martinez, and Constanza Alarcón Tennen. There will also be performances by Camilla Padgitt-Coles and Tristan Pollack. Escudero spent a lot of time in the community gardens of the Lower East Side when preparing this curation of video artists, so expect a lot of nature-inspired works. The screening will be Saturday, June 11th at 8pm.
The Loisaida Center
710 East 9th street
New York, NY 10009
Robert Burle Marx
The Brazilian modernist Robert Burle Marx is getting his day in the New York art world with a solo show at the Jewish Museum. Working in the 1930s, Marx was a genius garden designer, but like most artists he dabbled in several mediums. He was a painter, sculptor, textile designer, jewelry designer and even a self-taught botanist and ecologist. Looking at his anti-symmetrical and expressive roof garden designs, you can see the influence of jazz and modernism. He was a true innovator and artistic visionary who made his mark on the Brazilian landscape. The show will be up until September 16th.
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY
Too Fly: Love Warrior
A new print series by Ecuadorian and NYC street artist Too Fly will be showing at My Plastic Heart in LES at the end of the month. Her limited edition prints named Free Spirit, Native Soul, and Freedom Dreamer will be on view as well as apparel and photographs of her aerosol murals across Latin America. Last year Too Fly helped produce one of the biggest pieces of art in Ecuador, a 131-foot by 26-foot mural. She’s also all about promoting fellow women artists and is a founder of Warmi Paint, a festival meant to gather and inspire female artists. Support her work and attend the opening Friday, June 24th from 6 to 9pm.
My Plastic Heart
210 Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002
The LAN, or Local Area Network, Project is about showcasing the work of millennial artists working in all mediums. Melanie Gonzalez, Kara Yancey, Hassan Malik, Mr. Ayobe, MAS, ML and Kate Youhyun Jang will provide the art while Uptown Ales pours the beers. The opening reception is Friday, June 11th, 2016 from 6 to 9PM and will have performances by Frac/King Koo and Tyler PSwitch Dow.
The Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
Bronx, New York 10459
Under the Cuban Sun
Cuba as resilient, vibrant, and everlasting is what this photography show captures in 42 vintage photographs taken from 1933 to 2007. “Too often the world has seen only Cuba’s crumbling cities and decaying automobiles, rather than the personalities and souls of the populous, not just in Havana but in its desperate rural outposts. Now we see seven decades that portray the real heart of the Cuban people,” says gallerist Spencer Throckmorton. Famed photographers Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jesse A. Fernandez, Alberto Korda, Leo Matiz, and Liborio Noval all have photos in the show. There will also be a range of iconic portraits of Fidel Castro and infamous portraits of Che Guevara taken by Hector Garcia and Rodrigo Moya. The show will be open June 16th to September 17th.
Throckmorton Fine Art
145 East 57th Street, 3rd Floor
New York NY 10022
Fencing in Democracy
With a certain Republican presidential candidate basing his entire political platform on assertions that he will build a wall between Mexico and the U.S., this exhibit comes at a pertinent time. The show brings artists, activists, architects, and other public intellectuals together to discuss the effects of border militarization, the faulty logic of manufacturing border walls, and how people are contesting the creation of border walls. Currently, 33 nation-states are erecting walls around the world, even though physical manifestations of borders have proven time and time again that walls are purely symbolic – in addition to being undemocratic. The show will be on view until July 30th.
291 Church Street
New York, NY 10013
Hector Arce-Espasas: Bread and Circuses
Ceramic booty sculptures bursting with tropical fruits and flowers are the centerpiece installation for the show Bread and Circuses. Brooklyn-based artist Héctor Arce-Espasas – who you may recognize as one half of the Rico Suave parties – creates both sculpture and paintings in his new show at Taymour and Grahne using images inherent to the culture of the Tropics. The title of the show, Bread and Circuses, is a reference to the Roman concept of assuaging the populace with food and entertainment in an effort to keep society calm and happy. You can see the show until June 22nd.
Taymour and Grahne
157 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013