‘Rutas de Nuestros Caminos. Routes of Our Paths’ to Open at Ki Smith Gallery

 

 

 

Jorge Luis Rodríguez, Circulo Concurro Esquinas (Circle with Four Corners) 1978/2022 in the exhibition ‘Just Above Midtown’ at MoMA in 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and Ki Smith Gallery

Ki Smith Gallery will open its doors to Rutas de Nuestros Caminos. Routes of Our Paths, a group exhibition highlighting some of the most exciting Puerto Rican contemporary artists in NYC! The gallery will be exhibiting a wide range of talent that includes legends like Jorge Luis Rodríguez and Marcos Dimas as well as undiscovered talents like Elsie Deliz and new stars in the community such as James Reyes. CAfED and Grandma Collective take us on a journey that shows Puerto Rican artists’ prolific and continuing impact in New York City. The gallery will be showcasing a collection of works including pieces made in the 70’s that were originally shown at the famed Just Above Midtown Gallery and have been exhibited at MoMA, as well as pieces finished this year in a studio in the Bronx. Rutas de Nuestros Caminos (Routes of Our Paths) gives a view into both the past and the future while celebrating the present.

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‘Flores de mi Pais’ to Open at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery in September for Hispanic Heritage Month

 

 

 

Artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, La Flor de Quisqueya, 2015; painted steel; 29″H x 31″W x 5″D. Image courtesy of the artist.

Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery will open its doors to the group exhibition Las Flores de mi Pais (Flowers of my Country) for Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning September 15, 2022. NYC Parks spans over 30,000 acres and is home to a biodiversity as rich and varied as the Latin American diaspora. In its first gallery exhibition, NYC Parks’ Latino Society, aims to represent the diverse communities that make up this great city.

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Artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez Presented with a Proclamation from the City of New York on December 22, 2021

 

 

 

Jorge Luis Rodriguez with ‘Growth’. Image courtesy of the artist.

Proclamations are historically issued in recognition of the importance of significant achievement within a community. So we were not surprised to learn that, before leaving office, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer would bestow a Proclamation of Achievement on artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez.

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Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the First ‘Percent for Art’ Installation, ‘Growth’ and artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez in Harlem Art Park ~ July 5, 2020

 

 

 

Image of Mayor Edward Koch who was the originator of the Percent for Art Program, along with Bess Myerson and the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at ribbon cutting for ‘Growth’ in 1985 in the Art Park. Image via New York City Percent for Art courtesy of the Artist

*A 2021 Update ~ Art Park will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary on Saturday, June 26th from Noon to 5:00pm with art, music and more.

On June 26th, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Percent for Art Program, and its first art installation, Growth, by sculpture artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Here are some wonderful images of the artist and Growth as it was being created, and a few thoughts on this historic occasion by the artist when we visited his studio in May, 2020.

Due to bad weather, the celebration has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 5th from Noon to 2:00pm. Stop by and meet the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at Art Park. Please remember to wear a mask. Social distancing will be in place.

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34th Anniversary of the First ‘Percent for Art’ Installation in NYC ~ June 26, 2019

 

 

 

Image via New York City Percent for Art courtesy of the artist

Did you know that since 1982, one percent of the budget for eligible City-funded construction projects must be spent on public artwork? It is known as the Percent for Art Law, managed by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

The first artist selected was Jorge Luis Rodriguez who unveiled his installation entitled Growth in the East Harlem Art Park on June 26, 1985. Come along as we celebrate the 34th anniversary of the first Percent for Art Installation

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Jorge Luis Rodriguez in Group Exhibition at Museo de la Antigua Marina Española

 

 

 

Zebra Bird by artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez in exhibition at the opening reception at Museo de la Antigua Marina Española, Puerto Rico

A new group exhibition at Museo de la Antigua Marina Española in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico celebrates the works of 102 Puerto Rican artists, including New York’s first Percent for Art sculpture artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Below, we share a few images from the opening reception, artist talks and interviews.

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