January 18, 2016

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School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Denise Treizman, Half Moon Fence, 2015. Metal, clay, spray paint, sand, 30 x 61 x 46 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

An exhibition of work by Latino graduates of SVA’s MFA Fine Arts program,curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado of El Museo del Barrio.

[email protected] brings together two New York institutions: El Museo del Barrio and the School of Visual Arts. Founded by artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz and local activists, parents and teachers in East Harlem, El Museo del Barrio’s original mission was to support the art and culture of Puerto Rico. By the early 1970s that mission expanded to include all of Latin America and Latino communities in the Unites States. The work on view in [email protected] explores the aesthetic and thematic affinities of these different but like-minded communities. In the words of curator Aranda-Alvarado: “At various stages of their careers, the artists in the show act as contemporary anthropologists gathering objects or inspiration from the urban landscape, engaging with issues around migration and the body, exploring space and architecture, tradition and craft.”

Participating artists include Manuel Acevedo and MFA Fine Arts alumna Soledad Arias (2002), Vladimir Cybil Charlier (1993), Guido Garaycochea (2015), Alejandro Guzman (2009), Erik Shorrock Guzman (2003), Elisabeth Jobim (1992), Elan Jurado (2012), Cynthia Rojas (2003), Diana Santiago (2008), K.C. Tidemand (2015), Denise Treizman (2013), and Juana Valdes (1993).

There will be a panel discussion in the gallery with curator Rocio Aranda-Avarado and artists Manuel Acevedo, K.C. Tidemand, Denise Treizman and Alejandro Guzman on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 7:30pm. Reception co-sponsored by El Museo del Barrio, and will include a raffle of exhibition catalogs provided by the museum and SVA Galleries.


SVA’s MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. The program’s main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

SVA’s MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the MFA Fine Arts website at and to call or visit the department prior to applying. To arrange a visit, please email [email protected] or call T 1 212 592 2500.

El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations and educational programs. The museum is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Admission is suggested. For more information, visit, and connect with the museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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