Calling uptown artists! The Ephemeral Arts Project

Display your work in one of NYC’s public parks! The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are accepting submissions for The Ephemeral Arts Project, a series of temporary art installations to be on display during June 2014. Submission deadline: 23 April 2014.

Display your work in one of NYC’s public parks! The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are accepting submissions for The Ephemeral Arts Project, a series of temporary art installations to be on display during June 2014.

"Unicorn Crossing" by John Cichon
“Unicorn Crossing” by John Cichon
In conjunction with NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll 2014, NYRP will host installations in Sherman Creek Park. Accepted artists will receive a $300 stipend, and work will be installed to coincide with Hike the Heights’s walking tour through Sherman Creek Park on 7 June. The project aims to create opportunities for artists from Northern Manhattan and beyond to engage with the varied landscapes and communities in and around Sherman Creek Park. The program is sponsored in part by Con Edison.

Interested artists must submit proposals electronically by 23 April 2014. Please read below for guidelines.

Guidelines

  • Preference will be given to site-specific work that engages with the social or ecological landscape of Northern Manhattan.
  • Installations must not damage the landscape.
  • Collaborations, interventions, performance or time-based work is welcome.
  • There are no specific size parameters.
  • NYRP will supervise the installation of all work and file any necessary permits.
  • NYRP is not responsible for damage caused by weather or vandalism.

"In the Eye of the Storm: A Tornado Installation" by Erin Turner
“In the Eye of the Storm: A Tornado Installation” by Erin Turner
Proposals must include:

  • Artist(s) contact information
  • Artist(s) résumé and/or vision statement (limit to one page)
  • Detailed description of the proposed work including:
    • specific dimensions
    • materials used
    • approximate time needed for set-up
  • Photos and/or sketches are preferred.
  • Include consideration of how the work will function in a public park, including potential damage to the landscape or public safety concerns (limit to two pages).
  • Examples of previous work (up to 5 images).

Project implementation details:

  • April 23: Proposals due
  • May 1: Acceptance notification
  • May 26-30: Installation set-up
  • June 7: Exhibition opening
  • June 28 – July 3: Installation break-down

Please submit proposals electronically by 23 April 2014 to Joanna E. Castro at 

More information:

  • 2014 Uptown Arts Stroll
  • Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance
  • NYRP and Sherman Creek Park
  • Questions about Sherman Creek Park? Contact Jordan Dyniewski, Director of Public Events, NYRP, at (212) 333-2552 or 
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100 años de La Doña: A Tribute to María Félix

To celebrate the l00th anniversary of the birth of Mexican actress María Félix, a muse for poets, musicians and painters, our three organizations will present two of her short films, a panel discussion and reception, as well as six of her films.

María FélixTo celebrate the l00th anniversary of the birth of Mexican actress María Félix, a muse for poets, musicians and painters, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, The Cervantes Institute and NoMAA will present two of her short films, a panel discussion and reception, as well as six of her films. This icon film actress, who refused to get caught up with the Hollywood lifestyle, was called “La Doña” by her critics and fans. She was beautiful, seductive and clever — a powerful combination!

8 April – Opening Night

Two film shorts will screen starting at 6:30 p.m., roundtable and reception to follow.
The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
27 E 39th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016
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Canasta de Cuentos Mexicanos, 1955 – Director: Julio Bracho
Chapter: La Tigresa – Edited version, 16 min., color, in Spanish.
Set in Cuernavaca (Mexico), La Tigresa (María Félix) enjoys riding horses, playing cards, and competing against men until she meets her match.

Reportaje, 1953 – Director: Emilio Fernández
Chapter: En un Hotel – 16 min. 23 sec., black & white, in Spanish.
La Doña and her real-life husband, Mexican actor and singer Jorge Negrete, as hotel room neighbors arguing their way to win a competition for a New Year’s Eve cover story of a newspaper.

Members of the roundtable:

  • Gonzalo Aburto, entertainment, arts and culture Editor, El Diario/La Prensa
  • Embajadora Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico in Nueva York
  • Sandra García-Betancourt, President & CEO, NoMAA
  • Carlos Gutiérrez, Co-founder & Executive Director, Cinema Tropical

Film Screenings

Film screenings start at 6 p.m. FREE and open to the public.
The Cervantes Institute
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

9 April

El Peñón de las ánimas, 1942 – Director: Miguel Zacarías
117 min., black & white, Spanish with English subtitles.
In a little town in Mexico, the rivalry between the families of Manuel (Jorge Negrete) and María Angela Valdivia (María Félix) for the control of a property known as El Peñón de las Ánimas prevents the love between the two young lovers. This was María’s first film with whom ten years later would become her husband.

Camelia, 1951 – Director: Roberto Gavaldón
110 minutes, black & white, in Spanish.
Camelia (María Félix) gives love another chance with a new, young and caring lover.

16 April

La Escondida, 1956 – Director: Roberto Gavaldón
105 min., color, in Spanish with English subtitles.
Set during the Mexican Revolution, a young woman (María Félix) has to make tough decisions after the man she loves is taken away. Years later, a series of events force her to confront her past. La Doña appears with one of her favorite leading men and friends, Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz.

Enamorada, 1946 – Director: Emilio Fernández
96 min., black & white, in Spanish.
A Zapatista General played by Pedro Armendáriz and his soldiers confiscate goods from the well-to-do locals in Cholula. He then sets his eyes on the beautiful girl, Beatrice, daughter of the wealthiest man in town. La Doña is awarded her second Ariel for Best Actress.

30 April – Closing Night

French Cancan, 1954 – Director: Jean Renoir
105 min., color, in French with English subtitles.
In one of the three films La Doña did in French, she plays “La Belle” Abbesse. Working along with her is Françoise Arnoul, who plays a naïve working-class girl in this exhilarating tale of a witty impresario, who makes the “French Cancan” all the rage while juggling the love of two women.

Tizoc, 1957 – Director: Ismael Rodríguez
110 minutes, Color, in Spanish.
La Doña plays a Mexican aristocrat who goes to the rural parts of the country and enchants a local indigenous man named Tizoc, played by the Mexican actor and singer Pedro Infante. Racial issues create a misunderstanding that effects them both.

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Gana Galindo

Felipe “Feggo” Galindo won the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest. “It’s a great pride to share it with everybody,” said artist.

By Robin Elisabeth Kilmer. Reprinted with permission from The Manhattan Times.

NoMAA Executive Director Sandra García Betancourt announces the winner of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest: Felipe "Feggo" Galindo. (Photo: Gary Santana.)
NoMAA Executive Director Sandra García Betancourt announces the winner of the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest: Felipe “Feggo” Galindo. (Photo: Gary Santana.)

Perhaps you’ve never seen a cello pushing a violin in a stroller, or a canvas walking a palette on a leash.

One look at Felipe Galindo’s design for the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Art Stroll, and you’ll be able to mark both off your list.

“I wanted to personify the arts, going on a stroll,” explained Galindo of his whimsically themed — and winning — poster.

Read the complete article on the Uptown Arts Stroll website »

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Keen craft and care: Women’s show celebrated at NoMAA

“Women in the Heights – Reflections on Creating” is the fifth annual show devoted solely to female artists. It is arguably NoMAA’s most ambitious offering to date. The show features the work of 25 female artists from a larger swath of Northern Manhattan.

Story and photos by Sherry Mazzocchi. Reprinted with permission from The Manhattan Times.

Women in the Heights 2014

Stained glass made of paper.

Match sticks with personality.

A man clutching his careworn face.

The work on display at the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance’s (NoMAA) current show is vast in both scope and originality.

“Women in the Heights – Reflections on Creating” is the fifth annual show devoted solely to female artists.

It is arguably NoMAA’s most ambitious offering to date. The show features the work of 25 female artists from a larger swath of Northern Manhattan. In addition to Washington Heights and Inwood artists, submissions were opened up to include women from Harlem and East Harlem.

“This has become a very popular show and people want to participate,” explained Sandra García-Betancourt, NoMAA’s Executive Director. “These artists are in tune with what’s going on outside the gallery and throughout the world.”

“Requiem” by Michelle Melo. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)
“Requiem” by Michelle Melo. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)

At the official opening this past Wed., Mar. 5th, dozens crammed into NoMAA’s gallery, inspecting the work.

One standout work by Inwood-based artist Katrin Roos is a series of small intricate drawings that also feature a pair of costumed matchsticks with painted faces. They are participants in the theatrical settings.

Roos’ inspiration came from hand puppets that artist Paul Klee made for his son. Her work plays with ideas of how size and different kinds of materials are valued. Art is often big and precious, she said, “but a little thing off of your clothing could have value if I put it in a piece of art to give it meaning.”

The main exhibit space is dominated by several large pieces; including Ashli Sisk’s Mister Baby. The rhinoceros painting is so large it can’t be contained within a normal frame. Sisk built a custom frame for it—an illusion to the challenges of humans encroaching on the habitats of wild creatures.

The triptych of paper stained glass, Open Windows, by artist Samantha Holmes, is an intricate play of light, transparency and devotion.

“It represents devotion, both in religious terms, but also an artist devoting time to her craft,” said Andrea Arroyo, the show’s curator.

Another show-stopping work by Sandra Vergara hangs in the main gallery. The untitled work is a close-up of a deeply lined man’s face held in his hand. The mottled skin, grimy nails and bloodshot eyes are a careful, stunning depiction of the darker side of the human psyche.

“Rice Dream Bowls” by Risa Hirsch Ehrlich. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)
“Rice Dream Bowls” by Risa Hirsch Ehrlich. (Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi.)

The finely executed Rice Dream Bowls series by Risa Hirsch Ehrlich was inspired a friend who didn’t eat dairy products.

A found object sculpture by Renata Stein tells a story of place, belonging and identity. The stand adorned with a gold aleph has sprouted branches at the top while pomegranates and dirt are stowed in shelves below.

Arroyo said that shows devoted to female artists are still necessary. “Women aren’t represented in museums and galleries—and society at large,” she said. “We have an income gap for women in the United States, so that tells you how the world needs to invest in and support women.”

NoMAA has sought to do its part. The organization has been providing space and community for uptown artists for the past half-dozen years. Its influence has grown, encompassing artists from larger parts of Manhattan. It is forming alliances with other cultural organizations and has even inspired the birth of places like Word Up.

“Most of those people met each other here,” said García-Betancourt.

Part of NoMAA’s mission is supporting and creating community of artist who work together. “We still have a ways to go. But this community really appreciates the artists,” she said.

Now uptown residents can find art in even the most unexpected places—beauty salons, bars and drugstores.

“It’s becoming part of our lives. That’s the beauty of this,” García-Betancourt said. “Hopefully we’ll get to the point where we can’t live without it.”

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Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 Poster Voting Party

NoMAA is pleased to invite you to attend the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest selection. The community will vote to select the winning design. Date: 10 March 2014, 6–8 p.m. EDT.

NoMAA is pleased to invite you to attend the Uptown Arts Stroll 2014 poster contest selection. The community will vote to select the winning design.

Join us for snacks and drinks along with an Open Mic with performances by Uptown artists.

Date: 10 March 2014, 6–8 p.m. EDT

Location: The Shabazz Center, 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Poster Contest Finalists

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