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Uptown Bateyes: Opening Reception

  • City College of NY Plaza West 137th Street New York, NY United States (map)

Uptown Bateyes: 
the old school, refugees, gentrifiers and hoods, plus Dominicans

From Juan Rodriguez to Le Petit Senegal we pay homage to the people and places in our lil corner of NYC.

Artists: Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez/FEEGZ and Pepe Coronado
Curated by Souleo

Join us for a reception and live art-making outdoors on the plaza. Light refreshments will be served. 

The word, batey (pronounced BAH-tay), derives from Taíno culture. Originally, it identified a sacred space used for celebrations and meetings. However, presently in the Dominican Republic bateyes reference impoverished shantytown camps used to segregate and oppress the country’s Haitian population. 

Referencing the duality of the word, batey, artists Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez/FEEGZ and Pepe Coronado address New York City’s race and class dynamics through a combination of prints, painting, and typography.

Presented in conjunction with Uptown, a new triennial surveying the work of artists who live or practice north of 99th Street, an initiative of the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University’s new Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Earlier Event: July 14
Gonbo Sessions
Later Event: July 21
Nights On Wax