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BCA’s Longwood Art Gallery Announces
the January 29th opening of
“OTHER, Other… High Visibility”
NYC’s Nathan Cummings Foundation Gallery

The Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, the contemporary art center of the Bronx Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce the exhibition Other, Other…High Visibility at the Nathan Cummings Foundation Gallery, located on the 14th floor of 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY. Other, Other…High Visibility is funded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation. Viewing is made by appointment ONLY by calling 646-485-1284.

Other, Other… High Visibility, curated by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, is the second half of a two-part exhibition celebrating the excellence of the Urban Artists Initiative (UAI) grantees for the years 2007-2008. OTHER, OTHER…, the first exhibition, was presented at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos in June 2008 in conjunction with panel discussions revolving around issues of demographics, cultural policy and diversity within class. The show’s focus was the degrees of otherness and sub-categorization within the classification of “Other”. Similarly, the exhibition addresses the issues related to cultural justice within the greater funding community; that is, the lack of access to resources and funding for artists of color.

The opening reception for Other, Other… High Visibility will be held on Thursday, January 29th, from 6:00-8:00pm, at the Nathan Cummings Foundation Gallery located on the 14th floor of 475 Tenth Avenue in New York City. The evening will include a live performance by vocalist and 2007 UAI recipient Samita Sinha, a composer, performer, writer and educator, trained in North Indian classical vocal music.

A panel discussion for Other, Other: High Visibility is scheduled on Thursday, February 5th, from 6:00-8:00pm, also at the 14th floor gallery. The panel entitled, Issues of Class and Diversity within the Contemporary Funding Process for Artists of Color, will focus on the culture, class, access as well as other social factors that may unintentionally preclude support for artists, representing communities of color. The panel will be coordinated by Ted Berger, Urban Artist Initiative Director, and moderated by Alvan Colon-Lespier, Managing Director of Pregones Theatre. The exhibition, itself, will be on view at the gallery through April 17, 2009.

By definition, the word “other” implies anything that is secondary to what is the presumed primary. Such a distinction arose both in the nature of an award such as the UAI grant and the complex themes of identity classification that showed up in the work of the winning artists.

The Artists of Other, Other… High Visibility take unique steps in addressing identity while remaining true to formal art practice. The show features work by Jae-Hi Ahn (installation), Desiree Alvarez (prints), Nayda Collazo-Llorens (video), Nicole Frocheur (photography), Takashi Horisaki (installation-mixed media), Duron Jackson (drawing) , Fay Ku (watercolor) , Charles Lilly (painting) , Gordon Sasaki (installation) , Xaviera Simmons (video), Claudia Vieira (installation), Kako Ueda (ink),  Dylan Williams (oil on canvas), Margaret Drue Williams (screenprinting) and Chin Chih Yang (photography).

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is a New York-based curator and interdisciplinary artist whose works have been included in group shows at El Museo del Barrio, Exit Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo de Arte de Rico, and MOCADA. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University, an AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology (CUNY), and is the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career. As an interdisciplinary artist, she has created costumes, illustrations, installations, mixed media, murals, paintings, performances, poems, and videos to address and explore the complexities of feminism, personal narrative, and Puerto Rican and Nuyorican culture. The focus of her work remains on her heritage as a Puerto Rican woman and addresses the climate of Latinas in society.

The Urban Artist Initiative NYC (UAI/NYC) Fellowship is a consortium project that aims to strengthen the support and infrastructure for artists of color in New York City. The consortium includes the Asian American Arts Alliance, Association of Hispanic Arts, Harlem Arts Alliance, Queens Council on the Arts, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. It is sponsored by the Bronx Council on the Arts. In 2008, fifty fellowships totaling $100,000 were awarded to artists living in the five boroughs. UAI/NYC is a city-wide cross-discipline grant program that has been developed for NYC artists who self identify their heritage as African, Latino, Asian or Native American, embracing the diversity that exists within diverse communities. This exhibition highlights the visual arts and media works of both grant cycles

This exhibition is made possible with funds from The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Longwood Gallery receives support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts-Visual Arts Program, the AG Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation and Krasdale Foods, Inc.


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