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.
Carlos Javier Ortiz | We All We Got
The reception for ‘We All We Got’ by photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz is this Saturday January 24th from 6 to 9pm. He’ll be showing work produced over a 7 year period, illustrating the tragic consequences of gun violence on American families, particularly from the recent surges of violence in Chicago. Ortiz is a highly talented and recognized photographer who has published work in major publications like the New York Times and Ebony magazine and even has photos in the Library of Congress. Ortiz’ work exposes the tragedy but also gives a visual life to the circumstances, environments, and daily lives of Americans whose situation often gets ignored.
Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Avenue (@ 151st St.)
Bronx, New York 10451
Pulp Drunk: Mexican Pulp Art
From about 1960-1975, Mexico was creating images for pulp paperback novels that blended violence, erotica and plain absurdity. These images run the gamut – containing aliens, robots, dinosaurs and all sorts of strange characters in bizarre situations. For instance, one cover depicts a maid walking in on a sexy blonde in a pink dress passed out on the floor surrounded by small green men. In another, a clown strangles a woman in a red leotard as a man benching weights watches nearby. The show reveals an obscure slice of pop culture history that comes from Mexico. It’s unlike most things in the Chelsea gallery scene, so check it out for its novelty. The opening reception is this Friday January 23 from 6 to 9pm.
529 W 20th st. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
Santero: by Jorge Valdes
Cuban artist Jorge Valdes aka JAVA will be showing his sculptural works at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn this week. His work makes allusions to the Caribbean syncretic religion Santeria, and references a time when supplies for works were scarce. Valdes composes his work out of material found on the streets using crushed china, cans and discarded metal and wood in his sculpture pieces. The gallery is open this Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6pm, so stop by the gallery in Clinton Hill just south of The Pratt Institute campus.
334 Grand Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238