Artists with work in Word Up's current exhibition THE HEIGHTS/EL ALTO will gather for a conversation about their works and the neighborhood changes that inspired them.
In conversation will be Cindy Vasquez, Jerise Fogel, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Dió-genes Abréu, Inju Keum, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, and Sky Pape. (More artists may be included as schedules allow.)
THE HEIGHTS / EL ALTO is a commissioned portfolio of prints that asks visual artists who are longtime residents (15+ years) 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. EXHIBITION ON VIEW THROUGH FEBRUARY 3.
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.