3 Can’t Miss Art Exhibits This Week

Lead Photo: Photo: Joe Conzo
Photo: Joe Conzo
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Welcome to 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.

Anchor: An Exhibition Centered on the Photography of Hiram Maristany

When the radical Puerto Rican organization the Young Lords were demanding access to health care and affordable housing on the streets of East Harlem in the late 60s and 70s, a man named Hiram Maristany was documenting it. Maristany grew up in East Harlem taking pictures of everyday life and eventually the political protests of the Young Lords. Anchor, the exhibit at Hunter’s East Harlem art gallery, is showing several of Maristany’s unpublished photographs along with new work created by six other contemporary artists including Nicole Cohen, Selena Kimball, Miguel Luciano, Steven Perez, Saul Williams, and Caroline Woolard. The show will also include scheduled workshops and performances by these artists, which you can find more about here. This show gives you a chance to brush up on your Latino political history– one we rarely hear about – so head over to Hunter’s East Harlem gallery and visually educate yourself. The show will be up through June 13th.

Hunter East Harlem
The Silberman School of Social Work Building
2180 Third Avenue
(at 119th Street)
New York, NY 10035

Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso: Musculatura Viva

The work by Francisca Castillo Pedroso is of muscular men and women with bulging bodies. These figures were adhered to the wall of her home with pieces of scotch tape carefully spaced around the perimeter of the figures. Cuban artist Castillo Pedroso cannot hear and has severely limited communication skills due to living an isolated life on the island with little to no services and resources. You can see her works at Christian Berst Art Brut through May 31st.

Christian Berst Art Brut
95 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002


An all-photography show at the City Museum of New York aims to show the evolution of hip hop through work by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper. New York City is where hip-hop was born, a scene that included DJs, break dancing and, of course, rapping. These photographers witnessed people like Afrika Bambaata, Rock Steady Crew, and Run DMC in their infancy and documented it. Hailing from a family of activists and Latin musicians, Joe Conzo in particular was dubbed to be “the man who took Hip Hop’s Baby Pictures” by the New York Times. You can see the progression of hip hop from its humble beginnings to the global phenomenon it is today through photographs on display until September 13th.

City Museum of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue,
NY, NY 10029