This special exhibition at Duckie Brown The Shop in the West Village features works by Chicano prisoners in prisons and penitentiaries in the American Southwest, who produce uniquely artistic drawings on cotton handkerchiefs.
Known as paños, these pocket-sized canvases are pictorial letters which carry messages from inmates to family and loved ones on the outside and to friends and associates within the prison system.
IF ART is a CRIME GOD FORGIVE me CAUSE these is MINE
Paño Drawings by Chicano Prisoners
May 3—31, 2018
Opening Celebration: Tuesday, May 15, 6–8PM
We presented 9 free screenings of NYSFERATU by Andrea Mastrovito which reached over 2000 New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Hudson Valley. The animated film featured Spanish, Mandarin, Ukrainian, and Arabic translations and was honored at the Rome Film Festival this November.
Our community programs served 50 recent immigrants and English language learners from Bay Ridge to Flushing (and hailing from over a dozen home countries from Yemen to Mexico) with film studies and writing workshops that used the symbol of the vampire to talk about xenophobia today.
Clean Labora new work of choreography by Brendan Fernandes in collaboration with Wythe Hotel cleaning staff, made visible the invisible migrant-powered labor force that supports our city.
Our Engaging Artists Fellows have worked directly with 450 community members in 4 boroughs around topics related to housing and anti-gentrification, to immigrant rights, and economic justice.
We expanded our team to include a new Artist & Community Programs Coordinator to broaden our ability to offer new professional development, education, exhibition, and project support opportunities to NYC artists and local communities, exemplified by the inspiring group show, Building Stories.
We have launched exciting new partnerships with social justice-focused organizations such as Safe Passage Project, Immigration Equality, and The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity,to name only a few.
If you believe in the work we do at More Art, we ask you to consider making a contribution before the year ends. With your help we can continue to bring high-caliber public art projects and meaningful cultural programs to you in 2018 and beyond. We are already hard at work! Your generosity will directly support the work we do, and will let us know that the effort we make every day is worthwhile.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Our most sincere wishes for a beautiful holiday season!
In honor of Andrea Mastrovito, the artist behind the film NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, More Art threw a Halloween Masquerade at The Box on Thursday, October 26th. The night was hosted by Miz Cracker, celebrated performer and writer. Performance by Marco Capelli, and live aerialists performing death-defying stunts.
To learn more about the film, please visit the project website.