The Morris-Jumel Mansion has announced the opening of a new exhibit “Portraits From My Community” by New Yorker cartoonist Felipe Galindo Feggo, featuring a selection of thirty mixed-media artworks portraying the people of Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood, on display through January 2nd.
The project celebrates the intertwining of cultures in Upper Manhattan neighborhoods, presenting a social commentary on the diversity, beauty, and resilience of longtime residents, newcomers, and immigrants. The artist re-purposes packaging materials ─ familiar objects we use and discard ─ to reflect on environmental issues, while honoring the everyday life and joy in our communities. Select works from the artist’s ongoing Used/Reused series have been previously exhibited at El Museo’s (S) Files Biennial, Philosophy Box Gallery, Mark Miller Gallery, and The Bronx Museum.
The museum will host a free exhibition open house on Saturday, October 16th from 1 to 4 pm and a free community art workshop, “Using and Reusing: Giving an Artistic Life to Discarded Materials,” on Saturday, November 6th from 1 to 2 pm with a rain date of Sunday, November 7th.
Felipe Galindo (a.k.a. Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including fine art, cartoons, illustrations, animations, and public art. Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, he received a BFA in Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Feggo has resided in New York City since 1983. His humorous drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Reader’s Digest, Mad, Narrative, International Herald Tribune, NACLA, INXART and numerous European publications. Galindo has held numerous individual exhibitions in the United States and abroad. He has received awards in the US, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Japan and The United Nations. Additionally, he has received grants from The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Puffin Foundation, The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and The Rockefeller Foundation.
He is the creator of “Manhatitlan: Mexican and American cultures Intertwined”, a project that features humorous works on paper, animations and a companion book. He created “Magic Realism in Kingsbridge,” a series of 4 large-scale, permanent public artworks in glass, for the 231st Street subway station in New York City, commissioned by the MTA-Arts for Transit Program. His books include Cats Will Be Cats (Plume/Penguin,) No Man Is a Desert Island and Manhatitlan (J. Pinto Books,) Washington: Back in NY, Taking Liberties, and Used/Reused, released to complement this exhibition (Now What Media.) For additional information visit his website.
Free exhibition open house: Saturday, October 16 from 1-4pm. Free community art workshop, “Using and Reusing: Giving an Artistic Life to Discarded Materials”: Saturday, November 6, 1-2 pm (Rain date of Sunday, November 7.)
Museum hours: Thursday to Sunday 11am – 5pm.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion is located at 65 Jumel Terrace, New York. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. For more information call (212) 923-8008 or visit the museum website.
Illustration: Coffee Shop VI by Felipe Galindo Feggo.