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State of The Art is 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.

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Raza con “A”: A Latina Artists Exhibit

An exhibit at NYU Wagner gallery is highlighting the work of four NYC-based Latina artists: Sol Aramendi, Andrea Arroyo, Maria Berrio and Rodriguez Calero. The four artists hail from Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico, giving us an idea of how expansive the term Latino really is. The pan ethnic and pan cultural Latino identity is by nature heterogeneous, and hopefully this show will give a glimpse of that while providing a space for the work of talented Latina artists. The work of Rodriguez Calero in particular uses an acrollage technique that blends mediums like collage, painting and printmaking, which conceptually seems appropriate. The work produced is fascinating and quite beautiful. Check out the photography, paintings and collage-work of all the artists at the opening reception this Tuesday, November 12th, from 6 to 9pm. Karachacha, NYU’s Afro-Peruvian ensemble, will also be performing.

NYU Wagner
The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue / Gallery Space

Graciela Iturbide

There is a famous picture of a Mexican woman with a crown of iguanas that is often referenced in the history of Mexican photography. That photo, ‘Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas’ was taken by Mexican photographer, Graciela Iturbide, who has an exhibit at the Throckmorton Gallery opening this Thursday, November 14th. Iturbide is well known for her photographs of Juchitán, an indigenous town in the state of Guerrero with powerful matriarchal aspects to their culture. However, her oeuvre includes photographs from travels to Italy, Spain, Madagascar and the United States. Photos of these travels will be included in this exhibit. The show will run until January 11, 2014.

Throckmorton Fine Art
145 E 57th St 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022

MEXTRANYC!

Grace Exhibition Space is holding an International Performance Art Festival featuring a performance by a few artists from Mexico City and others from NYC and Kentucky. Artists Pancho Lopez, Nina Yhared, Edgar Avila, Lopi LaRoe and Dima Strakovski will perform this Friday, November 15th, with doors opening at 9pm. The show is pay what you wish. “What the hell was that?” is a common reaction for some people who have never seen performance art. You might feel confused or weirded out. Some acts can be disturbing, others just strange or offensive. However in performance art, you’re guaranteed to walk away feeling contemplative. It’s a natural extension of the plastic arts and one that doesn’t get a lot of play. This is because capturing performance via technology can be problematic considering its authenticity of place and audience. Performance art has a unique ability to push the limits of imagination or force seemingly disparate concepts together through watching and feeling an act. I encourage art lovers to consider something new and go to a performance. Take your chance this Friday!

Grace Exhibition Space
840 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206