Exhibition Opening: The Heights / El Alto Printmaking Project

THE HEIGHTS / EL ALTO is a commissioned portfolio of prints that asks visual artists who are longtime residents of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—of Washington Heights/Inwood today.



Dió-genes Abreu

Jerise Fogel

Reynaldo García Pantaleón

Alex Guerrero

Inju Kaboom

Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez

Rosa Naparstek

Gregory Rafael Nuñez

Sky Pape

Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux & Virginia Ayress Moreno

Dister Rondon

Rene De Los Santos

Elizabeth Starčević

Rider Ureña

Cindy Vasquez


About The Heights/El Alto Printmaking Project

Washington Heights/Inwood has been the site of immigration—and attendant real estate turmoil—ever since Mannahatta was purchased from the Lenape in what is now Inwood Hill Park. For decades, urgent conversations have taken place around housing, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, city infrastructure and preservation, and displacement and change—dialogues that became all the more constant leading up to the ratification in 2018 of the City's plan to rezone Inwood. The Heights/El Alto contributes an artistic response to this neighborhood-wide—and citywide/nationwide/global—issue.


The first exhibition will be on view at Word Up Community Bookshop through January 2019, then will be presented at spaces around the neighborhood and city thereafter. Additional artists will be added prior to the second exhibition.


The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.


Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032