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Panel Discussion

GEOMETRICALLY SPEAKING is a conversation about the role of geometry in the work of Freddy Rodriguez with Alejandro Anreus, E. Carmen Ramos and Freddy Rodriguez.


During the program, moderated by Deborah Cullen, Director & Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at NYC’s Columbia University, Mr. Anreus will touch upon the tradition of painting that Rodriguez comes from, how he subverts geometry and the significance of Julio Cortázar to his aesthetic, while Ms. Ramos will explore the relationships between Rodríguez’s art and his adoptive home of New York City.


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This public program, presented in conjunction with the exhibition

Freddy Rodríguez:

My Geometries 1970-2002

On view June 3 - August 5 , 2015

Longwood Arts Project, the visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, presents Freddy Rodríguez: My Geometries 1970-2002, a solo exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and mixed media works between 1970 and 2002, created by the Dominican-born, New York-based artist. The show is curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.

Freddy Rodríguez: My Geometries 1970-2002 is the first exhibition to chart the artist’s expansive and unique approach to geometric abstraction since his formative training during the apogee of Minimalism. While Rodríguez’s early work drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella and Mark Rothko—whose paintings he encountered at MoMA—his work soon came to reference historical, emotional and political subjects often deemed antithetical to pure formalism.

First comes the physical: the hard-edged abstraction of the 70s joins content in the form of human figures; sensual references to music, dancing and culture emerge. In the 80s, crisp geometric lines co-exist with fluid, loose brushstrokes. Sensuality again breaks through. The 90s see the historical and political take center stage: color and form combine with sugar, dirt, ground glass and peppercorns to evoke the European “Encounter” with the New World. Priestly vestments and slashed canvases reference the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. With the new millennium again comes the political: references to NY Magazine’s “Best Doctors” question the supposed expertise of the art establishment. This is not your average geometry.
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Born in 1945 in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Rodríguez moved to New York in 1963 in the midst of the political unrest following the assassination of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. He studied painting at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research with painters Carmen Cicero and John Dobbs. Rodríguez studied textile design at Fashion Institute of Technology where he created some of his earliest geometric abstractions. His work is in the collections of Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Newark Museum, the Queens Museum of Art and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, among others. Rodríguez is the subject of a forthcoming A Ver Revisioning Art History monograph written by Smithsonian American Art Museum curator E. Carmen Ramos and published by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

 

Rocio Aranda-Alvarado’s curatorial practice primarily focuses on Latin American, Caribbean, and Puerto Rican art at El Museo del Barrio where she’s been the curator since 2009.

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Photo Credit: Freddy Rodríguez, Untitled, 1971. Acrylic on canvas, 66"x 54"; Photographed by Jamaal Levine.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Opening Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley

Wed, June 3, 5-9pm

Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley

Wed, July 1, 5-9pm

Closing Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley

Wed, August 5, 5-9pm

Panel Discussion | Geometrically Speaking
Panelists: Alejandro Anreus, E. Carmen Ramos, Freddy Rodríguez
Moderator: Deborah Cullen
Wed, July 29, 6:30-8:30pm

This exhibition is made possible with funding from National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bronx Tourism Council, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., NYC Council Members Andrew Cohen, Andy King, Melissa Mark-Viverito and James Vacca and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.

 

 


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Longwood Arts Project is the contemporary art center of the Bronx Council on the Arts with the mission to support artists and their work, especially emerging artists and those from under-represented groups such as people of color and women. Longwood Arts Project hosts exhibits and public programs that provide opportunities for free and open dialogue on arts and culture.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos presents solo and group exhibitions of art produced in various media and through interdisciplinary practices that connect artists, communities, and ideas within and beyond the Bronx. Longwood's Project Room was created in 1991 to focus on Bronx and Bronx-based artists who present solo and experimental projects that aim to address issues of politics of identity, class, gender and urban and popular culture.



 
Benefactors
A program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, Longwood Arts Project  receives support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation,  Lily Auchincloss Foundation Inc. and the National Endowment for the Arts Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council of New York and the member ship of the BCA


Special thanks to Hostos Community College and the Center for Arts & Culture for their generous support of the exhibition program.

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