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Current Exhibitions

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July 13 - August 21, 2022

Medicina de Amor (Love Medicine) is a solo exhibition of recent work by Gerardo Dexter Ciprian. Working with archival material, hand-me-down objects, oral histories and folklore, Ciprian mines the ephemera of the Dominican diaspora and broader immigrant imaginary as a source of wisdom, mystery and resilience.  


At once personal and allegorical, the exhibition draws on a vast wealth of personal stories, riddles, and superstitions the artist has archived over the years as well as objects and images with special significance in the Dominican immigrant imaginary. Jabon de cuaba—an iconic soap in D.R. used for everything from washing your body to cleaning dishes—is reconstituted into ghost doubles of bricks from the artist’s Bronx childhood home; hand-me-down furniture passed down from the artist’s grandparents is transformed into lanterns that seem to magically light themselves, a reference to the prevalent blackouts in the Caribbean nation. The works are never circumscribed to any one time and place, and often play on a tension between opacity and legibility—a proxy for the indeterminacy of the shifting ground beneath migration and the inevitable fading of intergenerational memory.

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April 6, 2022 - September 4, 2022

Starting at the young age of fifteen, Brooklyn born photographer Jamel Shabazz identified early on the core subject of his lifelong investigation: the men and women, young and old, who invest the streets of New York with a high degree of theater and style, mixing traditions and cultures. Despite following a celebrated tradition of street photography that includes Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, it is to his credit that Shabazz has been one of the first photographers to realize the joyous, infectious potential of youth culture in neighborhoods such as Red Hook, Brownsville, Flatbush, Fort Greene, Harlem, Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Grand Concourse section of the Bronx. A formidable archive of New York’s communities in the outer boroughs, this exhibition pays homage to Shabazz’s illustrious career of over forty years documenting the vibrant interaction of New Yorkers with their neighborhoods.

 

Events

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Wednesdays, July 13 - August 10 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Explore the differences between performance and other types of poetry during free Wednesday night workshops led by nationally-known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller, and poet Bobby González. Free and open to everyone! Drop-ins are welcome!

 

Please register for free HERE

 
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Thursday, August 11, 2022 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM

The Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme, HAPPY. General admission is $15 and can be purchased on The Moth's website HERE

 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us for an open mic night hosted by nationally-known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller, and poet Bobby González to celebrate the culmination of this summer's Spoken Word 101 workshop series! 

 

RSVP is not required to attend. Open Mic Night is free and open to everyone. Walk-ins are welcome!

 

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Saturday, August 20, 2022 | 2:00-3:00 PM

To mark the closing of Medicina de Amor—solo exhibition of recent work by Gerardo Dexter Ciprian—Cuando el Rio Suena, es Porque Piedras Trae will feature an extended version of the eponymous short film featured in the exhibition and a live performance by the artist. The film draws on Ciprian’s family VHS records and other archival footage to unearth the ephemera of the Dominican diaspora and broader immigrant imaginary. The live performance borrows its title from one of the most recognizable bachatas from the Dominican Republic by Raulin Rodriguez. Inspired by the prevalent blackouts during Ciprian’s childhood in the Dominican Republic, the performance recreates the sense of intimacy and closeness they experienced when the family would gather around the flame of a candle to share stories of wisdom, mystery and resilience.

 

To register for this upcoming performance, please click HERE

 

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Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM

Join us for a day of art making, music and celebration as well as the debut of Abigail DeVille's oral history space capsule project, where a sculpture taking the form of a space capsule outfitted with sound recording equipment will be used to collect and share personal stories and alternative narratives of the Bronx.

 

This program is a partnership between Andrew Freedman Home, Festival of New York, and artist Abigail DeVille for the upcoming exhibition Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavens opening in October, 2022.

 

Register HERE to attend Family Day. 

 

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Sunday, August 28, 2022 | 1:00 PM

Join us for the closing conversation between artists Jamel Shabazz and Derrick Adams that will trace the history of Jamel's photographic practice, exploring how the work has been shown and received, both locally and internationally. Focusing on key pieces of Shabazz's, the conversation will celebrate the significance of Jamel Shabazz: Eyes on the Street, highlight an ongoing engagement with contemporary visual culture, and the impact his work had had on Adams' work over the years. 

 

Please RSVP for this free conversation, HERE