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by hispanic_arts , May 19, 2011—08:28 AM
World Famous Dominican Artist Ada Balcacer Lecture at CUNY
On May 17, 2011 CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, I had the honor of attending a lecture by World Famous Dominican Artist Ada Balcacer. She was speaking on contributions of Dominican Artists in New York to National Development in the Dominican Republic.
Pictured to the right Ada Balcacer at CUNY Dominican Studies Institute.
Ada Balcacer, one of the most prominent Dominican artists and gallerists educated in the Dominican Republic's Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes as well as the Arts Students League of New York, Parsons, etc.. Master Balcacer came to prominence in the 1960s as part of the "Arte y Liberaci_n" (Art and Liberation) cultural movement connected to revolutionary movements of the period. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world and she has influenced generations of artists at home and abroad.
In her native Dominican Republic, Master Balcacer is known not only as a great artist but also as an advocate of women's issues. She has worked tirelessly to promote the arts among women of all social classes, founding Mujeres Aplicadas a la Industria (MAI), a women's co-operative whose members produce a wide range of arts and crafts.
A renowned curator, Master Balcacer founded the ABRO Gallery in Miami, which specializes in art by emerging and established Dominican artists.
Ada Balcacer started the lecture with how artists are able to tell stories, communicate emotions, etc with their works. Ada also talked about ideas, timing, change, and vision, the need for individual artist to take charge and put change into action. She talked about broad World contexts and how art has to be original. Why artists need to associate with one another. Why artists need to create futuristic art, but not forget lessons learned from the past. Why the individual artists need to be the spark for the creation of new art. Why artists need to mobilize and create something new. Ada also talked about the extended Nation and how Dominicans in New York and in Dominican Republic need to work together. She said artists need to use invention, technology and discovery to create a contemporary art. Ada also mentioned the need for artists to realize who they are and what they want to say with their art. The theme Nation and working together was also very important in the lecture and mentioned several times. At the end there was a question & answer session that was very interesting and informative.
I would like to thank Dr. Ramona Hernandez the Director of CUNY Dominican Studies Institute for inviting Ada Balcacer to New York to give this lecture. To Ada Balcacer I would like to say Thank You! The lecture was very informative, next time I hope you will also have an exhibition of your work so everyone will be able to see the magnificent, powerful and beautiful art that you create.
Cuban American Artist & Journalist, Jose Acosta