“Women With Wings” Outdoor exhibition by Andrea Arroyo
Brunch reception: Saturday, September 23rd, 11am-1pm (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11am-1pm.)
Exhibit on view through October 31, 2017.
Locations and viewing hours: Maggie’s Garden (564 West 149th St. NYC 10031.) Viewing hours: Mon 12-2pm; Wed 3-5pm & 6pm-sundown; Thu 2-4pm; Fri 10am-2pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm (and by appointment.)
And Friendship Garden: (499 W. 150th St. New York, NY 10031.) Viewing hours: Mon 11am-1pm & 5-7pm; Tue 11am-1pm & 6-8pm; Wed 9am-1pm & 3-5pm; Thu 11am-1pm & 3-5pm, 6-8pm; Fri 11am-1pm & 4-8pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm (and by appointment.)
More info: www.andreaarroyo.com and https://www.nyrp.org/green-spaces/events/women/
“Women with Wings” is an exhibition by award-winning artist Andrea Arroyo, presented by New York Restoration Project and featuring a series of site-specific artworks in two cherished gardens in Harlem.
With these works, Arroyo celebrates female achievements and struggles, drawing inspiration from Native American women as well as from historic and contemporary immigrants, who make upper Manhattan a most vibrant community today.
“Women with Wings” creates a multi-level conversation bridging local culture, nature and history and connecting the past and the present in a celebration of everything female.
Each piece is executed in mixed media and repurposed materials, and is integrated within the natural environment of plants, grass and other garden elements.
Artworks include “Maggie’s Pearls of Wisdom”, a piece executed in mixed media, integrated with a Magnolia tree and inspired by the legacy of Maggie Burnett, beloved Harlem resident and founder of Maggie’s Garden, and “Women in Movement” a piece featuring multiple women silhouettes on multiple wheels hanging as mobiles, from light posts in the Friendship garden.
Arroyo has been exploring notions of identity and social justice throughout her career. For the artist, the struggles of the women in history mirror the struggles of women in contemporary society, who defy social norms and prejudice in order to achieve their goals.
About the artist: Andrea Arroyo is an award-winning artist with an extensive trajectory; her work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the New York Public Library, among others. Honors include: Global Citizen Award Artist, Clinton Global Initiative, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award; Groundbreaking Latina in the Arts; Official Artist of the Latin Grammys; Art in Embassies Program of the US Department of State; Empire State Arts Alliance Award; Harlem Arts Alliance Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and multiple awards from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Puffin Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Commissioned works include projects for the International Museum of Women, The New York Botanical Garden, The New York Women’s Foundation, the Morris-Jumel Mansion and El Museo del Barrio. Her permanent art can be seen in a New York subway station, two New York Public Schools and other public spaces. Ms. Arroyo’s work has been published extensively, including in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune and has been the subject of over one 150 features in the international media.
For more information visit: www.andreaarroyo.com