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.
Sian Ka’an is México’s largest federally-protected reserve and it gathers a lot of trash. So much trash, in fact, that artist Alejandro Durán has been able to gather, separate and color code it to his liking in elaborate staged installations that he photographs and sometimes transports to galleries. The phrase Sian Ka’an is a Mayan word meaning “gift from the sky,” but although, Duràn can make the refuse into beautiful rainbow images, the trash is not a benign offering to the natural environment. The work hopes to inspire an worldwide acknowledgement of the waste our communities create in hopes that we can find new ways to waste less. You can see Duràn’s work at Hunter College’s East Harlem gallery until February 28th of next year.
Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery
2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY 10035
Artwork by Uruguayan artist Lucia Franco will be on view for an exhibit titled “Atrapasueños” (dreamcatcher in Spanish). Franco makes colorful illustrations of adventuresome girls interacting with elements of the natural world and indigenous imagery. The designs are playful as if capturing an innate understanding or curiosity about the romantic characteristics of nature. You can attend the reception from 7 to 10pm Tuesday, December 16th.
170 Tillary Street, Suite 105
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This is the last week to see “Beetles,” a sculpture by Bolivian artist Maximiliano Siñani at Museo del Barrio that connects two Volkswagen Beetles by their wheels. After manufacture of the model in Germany ceased in 1980, production of Beetles mainly took place in Mexico, where seas of the cars were made and distributed across Latin America. The two beetles used in the sculpture are from 1972 and 1974 and Wednesday, December 17th, will be the last day to see them.
Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029