Hunter East Harlem Gallery and Hi-ARTS present “What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection”
View Exhibit: June 26 to September 14, 2019
“What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection” is a group exhibition placing works by seven New York City-based contemporary artists alongside selections of objects from former New York Department of Sanitation (NYDOS) worker Nelson Molina’s Treasures in the Trash Collection.
For over 30 years, Nelson Molina was assigned the NYDOS route from 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues in Manhattan. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact. As 40,000 objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection housed inside the MANEAST 11 sanitation garage on 99th Street and First Avenue.
Most of the discarded items in Molina’s collection were found in and around his local neighborhood of East Harlem, and “What is Here is Open” seeks to engage in a dialogue on the past, present, and future identity of this community.
Curators: Alicia Grullón and Nelson Molina
Featured Artists: Tomie Arai, Coronado Print Collective (Pepe Coronado, Leslie Jiménez, and Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez), Dominique Duroseau, Maria Hupfield, and Shellyne Rodríguez