Nicolás Estevez’s solo exhibition”PERFORMING THE BRONX and other home-based actions”opens on october 7th 2015 at Casita Maria
PRE-EXHIBITION EVENT: PERFORMING THE BRONX: A Gentle Act of Men in Hunts Point with ARTHUR AVILÉS and NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ Saturday, September 26, 2015, 11 AM
Location: starting outside of 861 Manida Street Bronx, NY 10474
EXHIBITION DATES: October 7, 2015 – January 7, 2016
ARTIST RECEPTION: Wed., October 7, 2015, 6 – 8 PM
Casita Maria is proud to present Bronx artist NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ’s solo exhibition “PERFORMING THE BRONX and other home-based actions,” curated by Christine Licata. Representing a survey that spans the last 10 years of his interdisciplinary work, the show includes ephemera, video and photographs from his in-progress and past projects. Estévez’s practice relies on performance as both a methodology and analytical tool to investigate, challenge and in some cases, preserve and celebrate, the socio-political practices of everyday experiences. He explores the common roles and rituals that shape our identities as both individuals and as part of the collective scenarios that define culture and society.
The main title of the exhibition, “PERFORMING THE BRONX” comes from his recent, on-going project, supported by an Arts Fund Grant from The Bronx Council on the Arts, of the same name. For this body of work, Estévez is collaborating with Bronx-based community leaders and visionaries whose life-long dedication to the borough have shaped its history and culture.
Also as part of the exhibition, on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 6 – 8 PM, Estévez will be in conversation with internationally renowned artist Papo Colo for a talk on Becoming Puerto Rican. During their exchange, Colo will embody the “Mystifarian,” a persona that reinterprets the allegories and myths of society as well as represents a citizen within his “Pangea Art Republic.” Colo will be streamed live into the gallery from his mobile art lab: The Hawk. Together they will discuss Puerto Rican culture, customs and beliefs in New York / The Bronx.