Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is proud to present Arte de La Borinqueñacurated by Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez, writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña,on view October 4, 2017 to January 6, 2018. Join us and meet the graphic novelist at the opening reception on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6-8pm at the Casita Maria Gallery. Wednesdays are auspicious days for collectors as they serve as a release date for new comic books and this particular day is the eve of pop culture convention, the New York Comic Con. For the exhibition, 35 La Borinqueña fine art prints will be on view, each created by a different professional comic book and animation artist. Prints will be signed and numbered with printing generously donated by London-based gallery: Art You Grew Up With International. We invite avid collectors and newcomers to the scene to pre-game for Comic-Con and to purchase affordable limited prints at $200 a piece (tax, shipping and handling not included). Proceeds from this exhibition will go directly towards Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery efforts in Loíza, Puerto Rico being led by the non-profit organization La Corporación Se Integra (COPI) based in Loíza, Puerto Rico.
Miranda Rodriguez will also be exhibiting original artwork from La Borinqueñacomic book, work from his recent exhibition at the Smithsonian, plus, videos from previous work with Casita Maria and interviews will be screened. Community engagement activities include presenting the work to hundreds of Casita Maria Youth in a series of short talks during after school program hours on Friday, October 27, 2017. An artist talk for the public will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6 pm. Miranda Rodriguez’swork is about inspiring Puerto Ricans from throughout the Diaspora to Puerto Rico. This exhibition reminds us all that we have the potential to be heroes, with or without capes.
Quote- Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez
“We look up to heroes. Our parents, our teachers, our leaders. Not all of our heroes wear capes. We’re living under difficult times here in the United States and on the island of Puerto Rico. With a debt of close to $120 billion, Puerto Rico is facing dire humanitarian issues. Children and their families are suffering. With the recent devastation of Hurricane Irma, 79 homes in the town of Loíza were left destroyed. I thought to myself, we need inspiration. Something, someone, that can remind us all of our innate superpower. The power to lift one another and give ourselves a hero. La Borinqueña is a comic book that is inspired by the Puerto Rican people who historically have never given up under all adversity we have and continue to face. Via this art exhibition, we will celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and the power of our people.”
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Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo's debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions, Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino non-profits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Pa'lante Siempre Pa'lante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series which received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. He is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl DMC McDaniels. www.somosarte.com
CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION is the first and oldest Latino charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.
Casita Maria expresses its gratitude from elected official Council Member, Annabel Palma for ongoing support of Casita Maria’s Education and Creative Arts programming and annual events serving over 1000, K to 12th graders. Thank you to Russell Singler of Art You Grew Up With International for donating the printing of artwork.