PAST EXHIBITIONS

THE VISUAL VOICE OF THE SALSA GENERATION BY IZZY SANABRIA

October 20 - November 22, 2016

A survey of the artistic career of one of the Salsa Generation's Most Prolific Artistic Visionaries, Israel "Izzy" Sanabria. Mr. Sanabria is a cultural icon whose work throughout the 1970s helped promote and illustrate the look of the New York latin sound through his numerous album covers, posters, and promotional designs. Izzy is also known for hosting salsa, a show akin to Soul Train and his publishing of Latin N.Y. Magazine. He is widely recognized as Mr. Salsa, a multidisciplinary artist, writer, actor, dancer, photographer, publisher, and philosopher whose contributions endure to this day. The exhibit showcases Sanabria's work which encapsulates an important period of music, politics, and culture in its seminal years.

A ROSE IN SPANISH HARLEM BY SANDRA FABARA AKA LADY PINK
Curated By Carlos Mare

June 16 - July 30, 2016 | Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays 2:00-7:00pm

Hi-ARTS Gallery is proud to present A Rose in Spanish Harlem featuring the works of Sandra Fabara aka Lady Pink, renowned painter, muralist, educator and iconic figure in the world of fine art, graffiti, and street art. This exhibition displays prints, paintings, and woodcuts that illustrate varying stages of her creative output over the past several years. Both fantastical and surreal, Lady Pink braids both a lived life and imagined life into her paintings. Often choosing the female figure or her name as a landmark she constructs narratives around femininity, solace, empowerment, and belonging into her works. Featured alongside her work will be the canvas work of students from the 2016 Black Book Master Class.


NYCASITAS BY MARTHA COOPER
curated By Carlos Mare

March 24 - May 28, 2016 | Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday And Saturday 12:00-6:00pm

 

Hi-ARTS Gallery presents NYCasitas featuring photographer Martha Cooper's seldom seen 1980's images of casitas, small Caribbean style homes found in Puerto Rico that were recreated on vacant lots throughout the city. Cooper's photos shot in Spanish Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, capture the resilient Puerto Rican communities that built these casitas and gardens for social gatherings, birthdays, domino games, cookouts and performances. 


MI GENTE: SPANISH HARLEM IN THE 80'S BY JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ 
Curated By Carlos Mare

September 24 - December 15, 2015 | Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1-6pm

Photographed entirely in NYC’s famed El Barrio, Spanish Harlem from 1985-1990 this marks the first time acclaimed documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez has exhibited these works in his beloved community. With this deeply moving series of photographs he forces us to remember a time before today’s newfound gentrification, a time before cafes and artistic bohemia, a time where poverty, high crime, drugs and a fledgling AIDS crisis held a community hostage. Rodriguez who beautifully captures the humanity, joy and love of his subjects by embedding himself intimately within many families’ lives and the community affords us an honest testimony of what it was like for those who lived through such perilous times.  


THE SAGA CONTINUES BY ENRIQUE 'PART ONE' TORRES
Curated By Carlos Mare

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 2:00pm-6:00pm, Free

PART ONE (Enrique Torres) has the reputation of being one of the early graffiti style writing pioneers that created some of the most brilliant art works on New York City’s subway trains. Returning to his native Spanish Harlem The Saga Continues surveys his work over 3 decades including drawings, paintings, and his treasured black books. This exhibition also features 14 student art works from a scholarship based class called Black Book Master Class, this is taught in partnership between PART ONE and Alice Mizarchi.


REFLECTIONS: NYC BY ALICE MIZARCHI

This interactive installation by Alice Mizarchi in conjunction with Andrea Assaf performance piece 11 Reflections on September. The installation is focusing on conversations post 9/11, Reflections: NYC is a multimedia collaborative installation created by Alice Mizrachi that questions “What changed for you after 9/11?” In conjunction with Andrea Assaf’s play at La MaMa this found object installation engages community through participation. As audience members interact with the piece, they will be asked to contribute their responses to the perimeter of the installation. As the community responses grow so will the aura around it. 


THE ART OF MAKING DMC RELEASED EXHIBITION BY DARYL "DMC" MCDANIELS
Curated By Carlos Mare

With strong contributions to the art community and a long history of working with Hi-ARTS, Mare139 is a perfect fit as their new curatorial director. Famous for being an integral member of NYC’s subway graffiti’s golden age, Mare139 uses art as a tool to depict cultural identity, diversity, and freshness, which he will use to align this same expression to highlight Hi-ARTS unique programming. Mixing graffiti and sculpture, Mare139 was in the Art in the Streets exhibit at MOCA, is a Scholar-In-Residence at NYU, a US State Department Cultural Ambassador for Urban Arts and is on the Advisory Board for Cornell University Hip-Hop Archives. Hip-Hop pioneer and icon, Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, is bringing his love for comics with Darryl Makes Comics set to unveil at New York’s Comic Con.


INSIDE OUT MI GENTE/ OYÁTE KIŊ ART PROJECT

Hi-ARTS is proud to present the photographer and social activist JR’s Inside Out Mi Gente/ Oyáte kiŋ Art Project, A global project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art. In partnership with Inside Out, Hi-ARTS, First Peoples Fund, and the Pine Ridge Heritage Center, the Inside Out Project will focus on two communities Spanish Harlem in New York and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Following behind the worldwide participation of JR’s Inside Out activations, Hi-ARTS and its partners will have two principle photographers: Willi White in Pine Ridge and Peter Pabon in Spanish Harlem will capture the portraits. Each photographer has roots in their respective communities and will engage locals to sit for portraits of themselves that will be installed both in public and gallery settings. We encourage your support and participation for a unique global art campaign that puts you and your community in front of the camera.


WE LIVE HERE, TOO & THE CITY IS MY PLAYGROUND

Hi-ARTS presents two groups of artists exploring the city in radically different ways. Both blend form and medium to explore the relationship of the community and the individual to home and space. Together, these works speak to the larger narrative of the “US” and the “I” in the context of neighborhoods and their perpetual transformation.

With We Live Here, Too, Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo (Housing is a Human Right +Sandy Storyline), share first person stories of what home means to the residents of El Barrio/East Harlem. For Hi-ARTS, Michael and Rachel will be collaborating with Gabriel Specter. 

In The City is My Playground, Nicola Cher Geismer (NCG) turns regular street objects (lampposts, doorways & walls) into spontaneous sculpture that takes a playful approach to the city (her hometown of London & NYC) while building strength and tone. For Hi-ARTS, NCG will be collaborating with photographer Laurie Markiewicz and visual artist James "BlusterOne" Alicea.