Andrea Arroyo Exhibits “Memories Interlaced”
at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center
November 22, 2013 – January 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 22, 6-8pm.
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm and by appointment.
The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032 (@ 165th St. Train A,C,1 to 168th St.)
Free and open to the public.
The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and EducationalCenter is pleased to present “Memories Interlaced” an exhibition by renowned artist Andrea Arroyo, from November 22, 2013 to January 10, 2014.
Arroyo’s exhibit marries the elegant historical venue with bright contemporary art. The female-centered works are placed amid the striking plaster garlands, cherubs, and marbleized columns of the restored Audubon Ballroom – the Thomas Lamb classic built in 1912 and the site of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965.
Arroyo uses garments collected from women in the community, such as a Mexican huipil and an Indian prayer shawl, -repurposed evocative personal items-, to examine notions of memory, belonging, and body image and to honor the resilience of the female spirit. The exhibit includes a painting of the Aztec goddess Coatlicue integrated with a hand-woven Mexican huipil; Ixchel, which depicts the Mayan Jaguar goddess integrated with a Guatemalan hand-woven skirt cloth; and Sarasvati, a work integrating the Hindu deity of the rivers and the arts with a silk wrap.
About the artist: Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning artist with an extensive trajectory. Her artwork is exhibited, published, reviewed and collected extensively and is in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Richmond Museum and The New York Public Library, and is in many private collections in the US, Mexico, Europe and Japan. Ms. Arroyo was selected by President Clinton as Global Citizen Award Artist, additional honors include 21 Leaders for the 21st Century; Groundbreaking Latina in the Arts; Official Artist of the Latin Grammys; Outstanding Latina of the Year; Woman of the Week, Women in the World Foundation; and the New York City Council Citation Award for Achievement in Art. She has received multiple awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Puffin Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Commissions include projects for El Museo del Barrio, The International Museum of Women, The New York Women Foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (glass art, Gun Hill Road subway station.)
Ms. Arroyo’s work has been published extensively, including The New Yorker, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune and has been the subject of over 150 features in the national and international media (including CNN, NBC, NY1-TV, Pix11-TV, The New York Times, Newsday, The New York Daily News, The San Francisco Chronicle and Univision.)
For more information visit www.andreaarroyo.com