State of the Art NYC: This Week in Latino Art

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Image: Joan Tarrago at Art Basel Miami

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. 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 three.


Museum Starter Kit: Open with Care

The original founder of Museo del Barrio, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, will help celebrate Museo’s 45th anniversary with an exhibit that revisits the value of museums as they serve and are served by their communities. Work by Montanez, who is known for his piano destruction concerts where he pretty much axes a piano, will be the first part of the exhibit. Other sections include a boxy jungle gym interactive piece by artist collective BroLab, and work by performance artist Papo Colo and photographer/filmmaker Perla de Leon. The last part of the show involves local people from El Barrio who will bring their artworks to be exhibited in the museum. Exhibit opens March 12 through September 6th.

Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue,
NEW YORK, NY 10029



Three international artists, Ricardo Cabret from Puerto Rico, Joan Tarrago from Barcelona and London-based artist Giuglia will show their work at ExitRoomNY opening this Thursday from 6-11pm. Ricardo Cabret blends his training in the arts, sciences and programming to create specialized paintings of deconstructed figures. Illustrator Joan Tarrago’s intricate black and white graphic works will be on view as well as the watercoloured inkings of Giuglia.

There will be musical performances by Pineapple Unicorn and Chopp and drinks at the bar. Have a fun time.

Brooklyn, NY

Art to Selves

Contrary to what might be seen as an an ego-obsessed millenial compulsion, the fascination with “selfie” pictures can be traced back to an old-school practice in the visual arts: the self-portrait. Artists Joy Episalla and Susan Silas both use the self-portrait as the medium to engage in feminist discourse about the body and its relation to age and death. A type of self-intimacy is recorded as Silas interacts with her bare body in a loving and gentle way. While, Episalla’s blur series and motion series are more a reaction to the loss of friends due to the AIDS virus. The exhibit is up until April 13.

Momenta Art