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.

Rodriguez Calero: Urban Martyrs and Latter Day Santos

This is an exciting exhibit centered around a Nuyorican collage artist who has never gotten a full museum survey. Rodriguez Calero’s work is striking in that it uses a technique that makes colors and textures pop while centering on some portrait. There’s something about a painting that stares back at you that makes it eerily appealing. Calero uses religious iconography as well as surrealism and medieval motifs in her works. This show is one of five that centers on women artist retrospectives. The show will open this Wednesday, July 22nd

Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10029

The Young Lords in New York

This exhibit is part of a city-wide project between Loisaida, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Museo del Barrio on the Young Lords in New York. The Young Lords were a social organization similar to the Black Panthers who were dedicated to bettering the social, political and health environments for Puerto Rican and Latino children in communities around the U.S. This show focuses on their influence in New York and highlights projects like their free breakfast program, their garbage offensive and their conversion of the First Spanish Methodist Church of East Harlem to the People’s Church. The show will have copies of the Young Lords newspaper ‘Palante,’ photography by Hiram Maristany, works by Antonio Martorell, Domingo Garcia and Marcos Dimas. Contemporary artists Coco Lopez, JC lenochan, Miguel Luciano, and Shellyne Rodriguez will also be showing commissioned work.

Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10029

1040 Women of the Young Lords

Photo credit: Michael Abramson, Untitled (Iris Morales, Denise Oliver, and other Young Lords), c. 1970

If it’s not a feminist movement, the work done by women in political movements and groups tend to get diminished or left out altogether of the historical record. This event aims to highlight the work done by women in the Young Lords Party in relation to women’s rights. In the 1970s, a women’s caucus was formed within the Young Lords Party that ended up publishing a newspaper focusing on women’s issues and oppression called La Luchadora. They wanted to fix the sexism and machismo within the party and soonafter the party wrote a position paper and “is the only comprehensive position on the subject of equality and women of color of any ethnic nationalist organization of the period.” WOW. Please go. It’s at 6:30pm to 9pm Thursday July 23rd.

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, New York 10456