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Past Exhibits at El Taller: 2013




Take Me To The River


On exhibit from December 6 to January 6, 2014

Common Grouncs The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "Take Me To The River" a photography exhibition by artist Evelyn Palmer.

This collection offers such remarkable and varied perspectives that viewers will be surprised to learn it is a deep exploration of a single subject-a small stream in the Catskill Mountains. The abstract images evoke figures or landscapes not expected from this environment, and, though most of them depict areas of only a few square inches, they appear to have come from a much broader field of view. Because of the way they capture texture, color, light and movement, many of the photographs resemble paintings.

The artist's intention is to encourage others to look beyond surface appearances and experiences to discover life's meaning and beauty. The exhibit is presented in support of breast cancer patient care and research.

Presented by Bernardo Palombo

COMMON GROUNDS: Coffee inspired art from around the world


On exhibit from November 6 to December 2, 2013

Common Grouncs The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "COMMON GROUNDS - Coffee inspired art from around the world" an exhibition of traditional and contemporary art created by artists from Colombia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and the US.

Showcasing a remarkable collection of artworks, this exhibition aims to increase awareness of the economic, political, environmental and social impact of the coffee trade in communities around the world.

The exhibition features works in an assortment of styles, including meticulously detailed oil paintings by artists from the Mayan villages of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, as well as humorous, conceptual and political works in drawing, collage, photography, ceramic and animation created by a group of twenty international artists based in New York and Berlin.

Participating Artists: Mariano Chavajay, Gregorio Coche, Antonio Coche Mendoza, Angelina Quic Ixtamer, and Jose Antonio Pur González (Guatemala,) Alexis Duque, Lina Puerta (Colombia,) Scherezade García (Dominican Republic,) Klaus Bortoluzzi, Uli Brahmst, Felix Carl, Esther Dorit Fritzsche, Denise S. Puri, Annette Stieger, Tamara Trölsch (Germany,) Andrea Arroyo, Felipe Galindo (Mexico,) Teresa Carvallo (Peru,) Patricia Cazorla, Luis Lara Malvacias, Beatriz Helena Ramos, Nancy Saleme (Venezuela,) Stevenson Estimé and Kay Gordon (USA.)

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

CHILE VIVE! - Historical Posters from the Popular Unity Government (1970-73)


On exhibit from September 23 to November 2, 2013

Chile posters The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present CHILE VIVE!, Historical Posters from the Popular Unity Government (1970-73).

This exhibition coincides with the 40th anniversary of the military coup in Chile on September 11, 1973, and includes eighteen posters featuring rarely seen as well as well-known images that represent a period of remarkable change in the region.

The images, created by a group of artists who worked in a variety of styles, range from joyful scenes in full color, to striking 2-color compositions. Their vivid use of contrast evokes the significance of the political transformation of the period. Some of these images became iconic and have been inspiring for others working for social justice in Latin America. Selections from this collection were exhibited at Princeton University in 1973 and the set will become part of the permanent collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles.

Curated by Andrea Arroyo and Carol Smith.

Three Americas -- Holly Wood, Gioconda Rojas and Juan Raúl Machaca de Aquino


On exhibit from August 16 to September 15, 2013

Three Americas The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Three Americas featuring the works of Holly Wood, Gioconda Rojas and Juan Raúl Machaca de Aquino.

Three Americas shows three viewpoints about painting from Peru, Costa Rica and New Mexico. The styles of the 3 artists are very different but they hang together in a solidarity of soul. "We have shown in a group on several occasions, including the prestigious ArteAméricas in the Miami Beach Convention Center," says Wood "and we feel our work goes well together."

Holly Wood's painterly cartoon surrealism reflects her unique, slightly demented, humorously dystopian visions of life on this planet. Having emigrated as a young adult from Brooklyn, NY to Santa Fe, NM, her work reflects the collision of the urban and edgy with the influence of the rich cultures and vast, sentient landscapes of New Mexico and Old Mexico right next door.

Gioconda Rojas, of San José, Costa Rica shows in Miami and Santa Fe, among other places. Her serenely elegant, Zen-like abstractions also manage to make sophisticated and delicately pointed observations. In this show, her work functions as a kind of Zone of Tranquility between the rowdier visions of Wood and Machaca de Aquino.

Juan Raúl Machaca de Aquino is from Arequipa, Peru. He is a fast-rising star in South America, and shows in Miami and Mexico as well. From his roots in the ancient traditions of the Altiplano, his work bursts into the now; with representational elements exploding into pure color and energy.

Wood comments, "El Taller is a fascinating place. It's in a landmark Art Deco building that was the last functioning Automat restaurant in NYC. It is a vibrant community center and one of the best venues in the City for live music from around the globe. The Grady Alexis Gallery in El Taller had its inaugural show 30-odd years ago, and one of the neighborhood artists who donated work for that show was Frank Stella. I think that's pretty cool."

"I HAVE A DREAM - 50 Years of Change": Art Exhibition and Reading Series

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic speech.

On exhibit from July 24 to Aug 10, 2013

I Have a Dream The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "I HAVE A DREAM - 50 Years of Change" an juried exhibition and reading series featuring the work of thirty local visual artists and writers.

The events celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic speech through the exploration of hope, freedom, diversity and social justice across the Americas.

Artworks include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, digital and mixed media works by a group of diverse artists that utilize a range of literal, abstract and lyrical approaches to the subject.

Participating artists: Yael Ben-Zion, Paula Berg, Caroline Blum, Felipe Galindo, Vita Giorgi, Irene Greenberg, Sylvia Hernandez, j. maya luz, Julian Kaiser, Martin Kozlowski, Jessica Maffia, RoughAcres/RL McKee, Nancy Quigley, David Reisman, Myra Resnick, Moses Ros, Nancy Saleme, Desi Sanchez, Lola Stanton, Pei Sun, Seena Sussman, Yasuyo Tanaka and David Terry. Martin Luther King Jr. historical documents also on display.

Literary works include poetry and prose by: Anthony Cody, Michelle d'Costa, eDuRuth, Araceli Esparza, Karina Eleven Lopez, Nancy Ruffin and Purvi Shah.

The Graphic Canon, World literature through art and comics


On exhibit from June 10 to July 17, 2013

The Graphic Canon The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present "The Graphic Canon, World literature through art and comics" an exhibition featuring original paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media works from the celebrated 3-volume trilogy, where contemporary artists and illustrators re-imagine great works of literature from around the world.

Participating artists include: Andrea Arroyo, Benjamin Birdie, Shawn Cheng, Seymour Chwast, Chandra Free, Sandy Jimenez, Peter Kuper, Ellen Lindner, Rebecca Migdal, Robert Sikoryak, Bishakh Som & Lauren Weinstein. The exhibition is curated by Andrea Arroyo, in collaboration with Seven Stories Press.

Praise for The Graphic Canon:
"The Graphic Canon is absolutely the most ambitious book I've picked up this year." - Newsday

"These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination." - New York Times Book Review, Editor's Choice

"Easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers." NPR

"The Graphic Canon, Volume 3, selected as one of the best books of the summer by PW..." (more)

"Russ Kick brings it on home - to the home library - with style." Austin Chronicle (more)

SAY YES: Students from Say Yes To Education


On exhibit from May 13 to May 31, 2013

Say Yes to Education The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Say Yes! an art exhibition featuring the work of students from The New York City Harlem Chapter of Say Yes To Education. - The works in the exhibit include paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces created by a diverse group of seventh-grade students, produced under the mentorship of artist Felipe Galindo, in collaboration with Say Yes To Education, an organization that provides support to at-risk children and their families, enabling them to graduate from high school, accomplish post-secondary educational success, and achieve meaningful life goals, including giving back to their communities.

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

Women Inspired


On exhibit from March 18 to April 30

Women Inspired In celebration of Women's History Month, The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Women Inspired, an art exhibition featuring twenty-one local and international members of Professional Women Photographers.

The show features compelling photo-based works by a diverse group of artists who approach a variety of personal, social and aesthetic topics through a wide range of media, including film, digital, alternative processes, photo collage, and mixed media.

Participating Artists: Terry Berenson, Irma Bohorquez-Geisler, Claude DeBacker, Elisa Decker, Kat DiStefano, Adele Epstein, Judit German-Heins, Danielle L. Goldstein, Fredda Gordon, Catherine Kirkpatrick, Susan Kuhlman, Kathy Leistner, Trish Mayo, Joan Pearlman, Laurie Rhodes, Linda Sandow, Beth Portnoi Shaw, Yvonne Shortt, Joan Tedeschi, Carol Ward, Jackie Weisberg.

Curated by Andrea Arroyo

Infinite Regions: Hiroko Ohno, Diana Schmertz, Iliana Emilia Garcia


On exhibit from February 4 to March 2, 2013


Infinite Regions Exhibit The Grady Alexis Gallery at El Taller Latino Americano is pleased to present Infinite Regions, an art exhibition featuring the work of three diverse artists that approach the concept of space literally, poetically and philosophically, to create works in painting, collage, printmaking, photography and drawing. The event is being curated by Andrea Arroyo.

Iliana Emilia Garcia (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) works in printmaking, drawing and photography, exploring the idea of heritage and homeland. Garcia received a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in St. Francis College, NY; Centro Cultural de España, Santo Domingo, DR; Howard Scott Gallery, NY; Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, NY and the Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo, DR.

Hiroko Ohno (Tokyo, Japan) creates intensely rich paintings using traditional Japanese pigments and modern materials. She has a BFA and a MFA from Musashino Art University and her work has been exhibited in Sanagi Fine Arts, Desbrosses Gallery and Kalart Gallery. She received the Meguro Gajoen Art Prize and the Ryushi Kawabata Exhibition Award.

Diana Schmertz (New York, US) explores systems people create in order to organize what is perceived in the world around them. Her paintings have been exhibited in K.B, Gallery, the Russ Berrie Gallery Space, and the Saratoga Art Center. Schmertz has masters in Art Therapy and Art Education from the College of New Rochelle. Her work She has received grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Irvington Education Foundation.

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