On September 12, 2019, a crowd of 109 joined Morris Arts at the free opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s twenty second exhibit entitled Expresiones Latinx I. Curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, PhD, and Will Suarez, MFA, this 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, showcasing 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, theatre, food, history, installations and other creative disciplines from August through November 2019. The events will take place in venues across Morris County, publicized via members’ websites, newsletters and social media as well as via The Collaborative’s calendar of events, online at https://artsandculturecollaborative.org, www.facebook.com/latinxconexiones and https://www.instagram.com/latinxconexiones/.
Expresiones Latinx I focuses on the themes of Nature/Environment; Dreams; Barriers; Love; Dance; Music; Sports; and The Streets. It complements related themes (such as Home, Family, Memories, Places, Religion, etc.) highlighted in Expresiones Latinx II, also curated by Butera and Suarez and opening on September 18, 2019 at the Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station.
For the Gallery at 14 Maple, the Exhibition Committee and curators selected works created by 21 artists (paintings, watercolors, mixed media, prints, photographs, digital art and collage) for display at the Gallery, a distinctive space located on the 3rd floor of the LEED certified “green” building at 14 Maple Ave., Morristown.
The exhibit features works by the following artists: Luis Alves (South Orange), Josephine Barreiro (Springfield), Gregg Bautista (Metuchen), José Camacho (Montclair), Marcela Claros (Glen Rock), Santiago Cohen (Jersey City), Carlos M. Frias (Bloomfield), Luz H. Gallo (Towaco), Juan C. Giraldo (Paterson) , France Garrido (Weehawken), Luis Jesús Martínez Piar (Mine Hill), Maria José Navas-Espinal (Madison), David Oquendo (Landing), Walter F. Rodriguez (Budd Lake), Nancy Saleme (Brooklyn)/Patricia Cazorla (Brooklyn), Will Suarez (Bloomfield), Jhoan Sebastian Tamayo (Jersey City), Raúl Villarreal (Gainesville, FL), M. H. Yaghooti (Jersey City) and Layqa Nuna Yawar (Newark). Their artworks reflect each artist’s unique vision and mode of expression filtered through the lens of the Latinx experience.
“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!”
Here are some PHOTOS from the opening reception:
Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges support for this exhibit, with partnership
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.