Hispanic Art Scene Art Blog
by hispanic_arts , February 27, 2012—12:00 AM
RE: The WE ARE YOU PROJECT POETRY READING SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012 from 3:00-6:00 PM WILMER JENNINGS GALLERY AT KENKELEBA 219 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (212) 674-3939
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The We Are You Project Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 7 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm is free and open to the public. NEW YORK CITY: As part of the WE ARE YOU PROJECT inaugural exhibition of Latino Art, a Poetry Reading will be presented on Saturday, April 7, 2012 and will feature poems related to the We Are You Project. The Reading will be moderated by Dr. Carlos Hernandez, President of New Jersey City University, who will also introduce the eight presenters. The poets include Alan Britt, Carmen D. Lucca, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Gabriel Navar, Duda Penteado, Dr. George Nelson Preston and Carmen Valle. After the Poetry Reading, Dr. Jose Rodeiro, Coordinator of Art History at New Jersey City University, will provide a brief art historical overview of the mission of the We Are You Project.
Alan Britt (aka "El Britto") is an internationally celebrated author of a dozen books of poetry, including his acclaimed 9/11-related text entitled, Alone with the Terrible Universe. Britt, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, teaches Creative Writing at Towson University in Maryland. Carmen D. Lucca, President of the Association for Puerto Rican-Hispanic Culture, as well as producer of New York City's Rafael Hernandez Music Festival and the Alma Sublime Danza Concerts, will read her poems. Her awards include the Palma Julia De Burgos and a Silver Medal from the Academie des Arts, Sciences et Lettres, Paris, France. In 2005, the Brazilian poet-painter, Duda Penteado coined the term "We Are You" when he simultaneously created a painting and a poem with that title. He will be reading his famous "We Are You" poem. In addition, world-renowned poet, visual artist, and performance artist, Raphael Montanez Ortiz will address current immigration issues in both his poetry and performance-piece. Ortiz is distinguished Professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He founded and was the first director of the El Museo Del Barrio in New York City. Plus, his art is included in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many more. Californian, Gabriel Navar, a prominent Mexican-American artist-writer will read his We Are You prose-poems. Over the last ten years, many of Navar's poems were set to music by University of Florida composer Dr. Paul Basler. Beat Generation poet, Dr. George Nelson Preston, Professor Emeritus at the City College of New York, CUNY, and Founding Director of the Museum of Art & Origins in New York City will read from his works that have appeared in several books and anthologies. Carmen Valle, who teaches Latin American literature at City Tech, CUNY, is an author of short stories; a novel Tu version de las cosas, and nine books of poetry, including Trashumante and Haiku de Nueva York, Carmen Valle will read from her own work and that of Pablo Caviedes.
Within the walls of the Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba on Saturday, April 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, the poets will read amidst Latino paintings and prints that mirror the artistic mission of the We Are You Project, which is to provide a comprehensive, dynamic, and diverse insight into the current state of Latino socio-cultural, political, and economic conditions. Together, the poetry recital and the art exhibition reveal the struggles and triumphs of Latinos in the 21st Century. These issues are reflected in both the poems that will be read and in the works of thirty-three prominent contemporary Hispanic artists, whose trans-cultural pan-Latino roots derive from a dozen Ibero-American heritages, including Mexico, Puerto-Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Portugal. Most importantly, each of the We Are You poets and artists are concerned about the current state of Latino "Civil Rights" This is evident in the socio-aesthetic aspirations of both the above-named eight We Are You poets and the exhibiting cadre of We Are You Project visual artists, which include: Jose Acosta, Efren Alvarez, Nelson Alvarez, Willie Baez, Josephine Barreiro, Hugo X. Bastidas, Monica S. Camin, Priscila De Carvalho, Jacqui Casale, Gerardo Castro, Pablo Caviedes, Carlos Chavez, William Coronado, Maritza Dava____la, Rosario D'Rivera, Fernando Goldoni, Roberto Marquez, Raphael Montanez-Ortiz, Elizabeth Jimenez Montelongo, Hugo Morales, Lisette Morel, Gabriel Navar, Julio Nazario, Jimmy Pena, Joe Pena, Duda Penteado, Mel Ramos, Rolando Reyna, Jesus Rivera, Jose Rodeiro, Marta Sanchez, Sergio Villamizar and Raul Villarreal. The Poetry Reading, exhibition, and other events are free and open to the public. Poetry Reading: Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm 6:00 pm Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 6 pm or by appointment Gallery Location: 219 East 2nd Street at Avenue B
For further information about the show and the related events, please contact Corrine Jennings at Kenkeleba Gallery (212) 674-3939 and/or visit the project's website at: www.weareyouproject.org.
Kenkeleba programs are made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and supported, in part, by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous friends.