re:tratos urbanos - Opening Reception

Co-presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
March 21, 2023
5:30pm - 8:30pm
The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, Rice Conference Room & Newman Reception Area, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

NYU Wagner is pleased to launch a new cycle of exhibitions at the Gallery Space at Wagner with the opening of re:tratos urbanos (urban portraits), our Spring-2023 show. Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni in commemoration of Women’s History Month, it features artwork by acclaimed Nuyorican painter and collage artist Rodríguez Calero (affectionately known as RoCa). 

This two-decade survey exhibit showcases RoCa’s signature acrollage and fotacrolé techniques. These two innovative processes fuse painting, printmaking, photography, and collage to spellbinding effects. The resulting pieces are bold, surrealist portraits that masterfully combine religious iconography, classical and Byzantine patterns, and elements of hip hop and street art.

Rodríguez Calero’s artwork is predominantly informed by her Puerto Rican heritage and the diverse communities that enrich New York City’s Lower East Side. The subjects of her canvases—often targets of prejudice and oppression within the urban and institutional spaces they navigate—emerge defiant, dignified, and richly soulful in her portraiture. 

re:tratos urbanos runs March 7 through June 23. It is co-presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and co-sponsored by New York University’s Association of Latinx Students & Allies in Public Service (ALAS), the Arts & Culture Network (ACN), and the Puerto Rican Student Association (PRÁ).

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Rodríguez Calero’s "UrbanHood II" (diptych); 48x72 in; fotacrolé mixed media on canvas; 2014.