Check out Remezcla’s guide to the can’t miss Latino art openings and events in your city. 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.
This weekend is the closing of MAMI, a visual dedication to water deities of West and Central African spiritualities. The artists in the show – Salome Asega, Nona Faustine, Doreen Garner, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, MALAXA, and Rodan Tekle – created offerings to Mami Wata, a divine figure who is called upon for sexual and emotional healing, money, and various wisdoms. The entire show is an immersive experience that flawlessly links installations, sculptures, and video work are linked flawlessly with devotion and awe for the mystic elements embodied by the water goddess. This Saturday, September 3rd, will be Rude Gyal, the closing party hosted by arts collective Fake Accent. There will be a performance by Princess Nokia and a phenomenal lineup of DJ sets by D0UZE, Bambii, Tygapaw, Mursi Layne, and UNiiQU3. It’s your last chance to see the Mami Offerings, so don’t miss it.
2-19 Flushing Ave
Maspeth, NY 11378
Alonsa Guevara: Ceremonies
Alonsa Guevara’s paintings are filled with gleaming offerings of fruits, vegetables, and flowers as symbols of gratitude to the universe. The paintings show different points in the cycles of life, centering womens’ bodies surrounded by harvests of flora and fruits on sprawling canvases. In one painting, citrus, sunflowers, and melons envelope the body of a nursing woman and her baby as they smile. Another work shows a pregnant woman amid grapes, lavender, roses, and more oranges. The work is celebratory and asks the viewer to ponder fecundity, fertility, and the cycles of nature. The show is open now but a reception will be held on September 8th from 6 to 8pm. You can see it until October 1st.
Anna Zorina Gallery
533 W. 23rd street
New York, NY
Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight
Cuban artist Carmen Herrera, who is known for her minimalist, abstract paintings, has a solo show at the Whitney opening this month. It will focus on a 30-year span between 1948-1978. She was born in Havana, lived in Paris and, in 1954, moved to New York City where she still lives at 101 years old. At one time, Herrera was not given proper acknowledgement for being one of the first painters to exhibit purified forms of abstraction. In this show, we will see over 50 paintings, 3D works, and works on paper. The show opens September 16th.
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Os Gemeos: Silence of the Music
Brazilian street artists OS GEMEOS, also known by their birth names Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, have their first New York solo show this month. The show will be an installation with oil paintings, kinetic and audio elements, mixed media, and sculpture. The recognizable figures in their work, inspired by the people of the working class neighborhood in their hometown of Cambuci in Sao Paolo, are still very key elements in their art. OS GEMEOS are most well-known for their huge public murals in cities across the world, including their tribute to hip hop on 2nd avenue and 1st street in the East Village. The opening is September 8th from 6 to 8pm, and will be on view until October 22nd.
536 W 22nd Street
New York, NY
Sunlight: Alexi Torres
The oil paintings by artist Alexi Torres are portraits of Cuban nationals from his village of Bermeja. The paintings are made from black and white photos taken of the villagers and overlaid with decorative patterns. He would like the viewer to see the sitters as transcending the Cuban subject, to be seen as universal human beings. The show will be up September 8th through October 8th.
532 West 24th Street
New York, NY
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
This show was built on the concept that artists today have many jobs: create, curate, write, speak, document, critique, organize, begin, and the list goes on. In order to honor the multidisciplinary aspect of artists, this show brought together a group of people who manage artist-run spaces in South Florida. But instead of having them initiate a project together with all the aforementioned tasks, the curator of this show has the artists simply showing their work– whatever that may be. Artists include Naomi Fisher, Kristen Thiele, Robert Thiele, Francesco Casale, Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Francie Bishop Good, Michelle Weinberg, Sarah Michelle Rupert, Domingo Castillo, and Loriel Beltran. The show will be up until September 24th.
Open Source Gallery
306 17th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Breaking Ground: Redefining the Urban Experience
Bronx native John ‘CRASH’ Matos, known as one of the first to popularize graffiti in New York City, will show is work in Chelsea starting next week. This will be a show of canvas paintings that play with the notions of art on the inside versus art on the outside, and how the elements of street art and graffiti have influenced pop art since its beginnings. The opening will be September 8th from 6 to 8pm and will be on view until October 31st.
Joanne Artman Gallery
West 22nd Street,
New York, NY