Morris Arts will host a free opening reception for Expresiones Latinx I at the Gallery at 14 Maple’s 22nd exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.
Curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera and Will Suarez, this exhibit is one of two paired exhibits conceived as part of LatinX ConeXiones, a project of the nearly 30 cultural organizations in the Arts & Culture Collaborative.
The project showcases the arts and culture of Latinx artists in Morris County and other communities through more than 26 performances, fine art and craft exhibitions, music, dance, literature, poetry, theater, food, history, installations, and other creative disciplines through November 2019.
Expresiones Latinx I focuses on the themes of nature/environment, dreams, barriers, love, dance, music, sports, and the streets. It complements Expresiones Latinx II, also curated by Butera and Suarez and opening on Sept. 18=at the Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station. This exhibit more deeply explores themes such as home, family, memories, places, and religion.
For the Gallery at 14 Maple, the exhibition committee and curators selected works created by 21 artists who utilize paintings, watercolors, mixed media, prints, photographs, digital art and collage to express their art.
The exhibit features works by the following artists: Luis Alves of South Orange, Josephine Barreiro of Springfield, Gregg Bautista of Metuchen, José Camacho of Montclair, Marcela Claros of Glen Rock, Santiago Cohen of Jersey City, Carlos M. Frias of Bloomfield, Luz H. Gallo of Towaco, Juan C. Giraldo of Paterson, France Garrido of Weehawken, Luis Jesús Martínez Piar of Mine Hill, Maria José Navas-Espinal of Madison, David Oquendo of Landing, Walter F. Rodriguez of Budd Lake, Nancy Saleme and Patricia Cazorla both of Brooklyn, Will Suarez of Bloomfield, Jhoan Sebastian Tamayo of Jersey City, Raúl Villarreal of Gainesville, Fla., M. H. Yaghooti of Jersey City, and Layqa Nuna Yawar of Newark. Their artworks reflect each artist’s unique vision and mode of expression filtered through the lens of the Latinx experiences.
“This is a wonderful chance for people to learn more about how our Latinx neighbors are responding visually to their myriad experiences in the United States as someone who is a recent newcomer or someone with deep roots here,” said curator Ginny Butera. “Will Suarez and I are thrilled by the intensity of meaning that emerged from the colors, forms, subject matters and styles as we were looking at work by dozens of New Jersey Latinx artists. Come and be amazed.”
The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment, and will remain on display until February 12, 2020. Visit www.morrisarts.org or call (973) 285-5115 for additional information, including the exhibit catalogue which contains details and sale prices for all works. The Gallery at 14 Maple is a barrier-free facility. Individuals needing special accommodation should contact Kaity DeLaura at (973) 285-5115, x 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.