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uptown: nasty women/bad hombres
June 13 – November 5, 2017

As part of its participation in the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University’s first Uptown triennial project, El Museo del Barrio presents an exhibition of artists living or working in Northern Manhattan. El Museo’s UPTOWN: nasty women/bad hombres presents the work of artists engaging with the legacies of sexism, racism, homophobia, the power of the media, and violence in various ways. In many cases, the artists explore these issues by evoking poetry, symbolism, and metaphor or exploring particular forms of artistic practice associated with rupture or bearing witness as a form of social protest. Some invoke gendered or radical forms of art making for their purposes. Collage, documentary photography, poetic narratives, sculpture, working with found objects or materials and animation are all methods enlisted by these artists to create works that deal with various timely social and political issues.

Feature image: Nari Ward, Swing (2010), shoe tips, car tire, shoe tongues, rope, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.