Around Town Events
Exhibitions by Mexican-Born, Award-Winning Artists at The Morris-Jumel Mansion
WHAT: "Women Unbound" by Andrea Arroyo and "George Washington Revisits Washington Heights" by Felipe Galindo. WHEN: Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15 from 4pm-6pm (Free and open to the public.) Exhibit on view: September 15, 2012 through January 7, 2013. Visiting Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm. WHERE: The Morris-Jumel Mansion. 65 Jumel Terrace (West 160-162 St.,) New York, NY 10032. T. 212-923-8008 email@example.com
“Women Unbound” Inspired by the inhabitants, cultural history, art and artifacts of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, artist Andrea Arroyo created original works integrated with the historical objects and furniture in the Museum's collection. These works create a conversation between the past and the present, and allow for connections to be created between the female experience of Mary Morris or Eliza Jumel and the contemporary viewer. Arroyo has been exploring notions of identity, gender, class and social prejudice throughout her career. In her project “Women Unbound” she investigates how women navigated life within the boundaries of late 1700s and early 1800s society. For the artist, the stories of the women who inhabited the mansion mirror the struggles of women in contemporary society, who have to defy social norms and prejudice in order to achieve their personal goals. The pieces are executed in a variety of media, including paintings, artist’s books, sculptures, mixed media and installations.
“George Washington Revisits Washington Heights” Felipe Galindo found inspiration for his project from the history of the neighborhood; Washington Heights is an area where the Battle of Harlem Heights took place and where George Washington (based at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in 1776) commanded the nation's troops during the Revolutionary War. Galindo’s project presents an imaginary visit from America’s First President to the present-day neighborhood that bears his name. Influenced by historical imagery from the 18th century, the artist creatively interweaves the past and the present in a series of whimsical images, creating a unique world in which George Washington interacts with locals, explores the vicinity, learns about modern customs and ultimately enjoys the amazing mixture of cultures in Uptown Manhattan.
About the artists: Andrea Arroyo’s work is exhibited, published and collected extensively around the world. President Clinton selected her as the Clinton Global Citizen Award Artist. Additional honors include: 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award, Groundbreaking Latina in the Arts Award, Official Artist of the Latin Grammys, Outstanding Latina of the Year, Woman of the Week, Women in the World Foundation, New York City Council Citation Award for Achievement in Art, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Awards, Puffin Foundation Award, Harlem Arts Alliance Award and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant. Her works are featured in numerous public collections, including The Library of Congress, The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, The New York Public Library, The University of Richmond Museum, The National Museum of Mexican Art, and in private collections in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Europe, and Japan. Arroyo’s work has been published extensively (The New Yorker, The New York Times,) and continues to be featured by national and international media (CNN, NBC, NY1, Univision, CW11, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Women’s eNews, Women in the World, the Associated Press and EFE, among others.) For more information about the artist please visit www.andreaarroyo.com
Felipe Galindo (Feggo) is a fine artist, illustrator, cartoonist and independent animator. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Nickelodeon, Mad Magazine, Narrative, Barron's and others worldwide. Galindo has held numerous individual exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His animations have been featured in TV programs such as MTV’s Liquid TV, Reel Thirteen and Sí-TV as well in numerous film festivals and cultural institutions worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. He has received grants from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, the New York Council for the Arts, and the US/Mexico Fund for Culture of the Rockefeller Foundation. Additional awards include: Porto Cartoon Festival, Portugal; United Nations Correspondents Association Award; Greek Ministry of Culture; San Antonio Cine Festival and Omiya Festival, Japan. He is the creator of the celebrated project Manhatitlan, which includes works on paper, animations, and the book Manhatitlan, Mexican and American Cultures Intertwined (Pinto Books, 2010.) And the author of No Man Is a Desert Island - Cartoons by Felipe Galindo-Feggo (Pinto Books, 2012.) For more information about the artist please visit www.felipegalindo.com