March 16, 2011
SUNY Empire State College Metro Gallery Features “Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York,” by Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA
Opening Reception and Artist Panel March 22
"Detras de la oreja" - Miguel Luciano
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – March 16, 2011) – The SUNY Empire State College Metro Gallery will host a reception and artist panel discussion on Tuesday, March 22, to mark the opening “ Manifestaciones,” a print portfolio of 12 pieces by Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, a printmaking collective of artists of Dominican descent who live and work in and around New York City. The panel is at 5:30 p.m. and the reception for the exhibit will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Metro Gallery, on the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Center at 325 Hudson Street (entry on Vandam), New York, NY 10013, in Soho. The opening events are open to the public at no charge. To register for the opening, please visit Alumni events or call Tara Maldonado at 646-230-1278.
The exhibition runs from March 9 through April 28.
“Manifestaciones,” DYPG's first group project and exhibition, features 12 prints -- one by each of the member artists, published in a limited edition of approximately 20 prints. Using a variety of printmaking techniques, the pieces explore the individual artist’s perspective on the theme of Dominicanidad (Dominican identity).
“It is my honor to welcome ‘Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA,’ to the Metropolitan Center,” said Dean Cynthia Ward. “This exhibition expands the Metropolitan Center’s outreach to the active cultural community of Dominican New Yorkers. As an open public institution, we endeavor to provide the education that allows our students to thrive as individuals, as members of communities, as active citizens and as agents of change. Our mission is enhanced by linking to communities around the city, state and world.”
"El Reggaeton del Bachatero" - Moses Ros-Suárez
Empire State College Associate Professor of Visual Art Betty Wilde-Biasiny explained the importance of the exhibition: “The opportunity to exhibit ‘Manifestaciones’ comes at an exciting time in printmaking, that is, when artists have begun to freely combine and mix printmaking methods and to include digital processes to further expand the language of printmaking.”
Wilde-Basiny is one of three internationally renowned art historians and scholars who have provided curatorial essays for the exhibit, the others are E. Carmen Ramos and Graciela Kartofel, both independent art curators and art historians specializing in Latin American and Latino art.
Headed by Pepe Coronado, the artists of the collective are: Carlos Almonte, René de los Santos, Iliana Emilia Garcí a, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Scherezade García, Alex Guerrero, Luanda Lozano, Miguel Luciano, Yunior Chiqui Mendoza, Moses Ros-Suárez and Rider Ureña.
"Intrepido" - Pepe Coronado
About Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA
Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA (DYPG) is a printmaking collective of 12 artists of Dominican descent who live and work in and around New York City. DYPG's mission is to advance the state of contemporary Dominican American graphic arts through a rich and varied collaboration, creating prints using a variety of techniques from the traditional to the latest and most innovative, and to broaden the public’s knowledge of modern Dominican culture through exhibitions, lectures, and workshops.
About SUNY Empire State College
Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.