The Gallery Space at Wagner, in partnership with NYU Steinhardt, the Latino Studies Program at NYU, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), is proud to join in the celebration of NYU’s Latino Heritage Month with the opening of  FolkloRican: The Art of Pepe Villegas, our second exhibition of the 2010-2011 season.

Renowned multi-media artist Pepe Villegas presents us with a ten-piece collection of oil paintings that delve into an intriguing archive of personal and cultural memories referencing his Puerto Rican upbringing. Ranging from striking representational and semi-representational portraiture to abstract and symbolism-rich canvases, this highly evocative criollista sampling is deeply rooted in cultural pride, introspective contemplation, and national nostalgia.

The event will feature live music by percussionist and NYU Steinhardt masters candidate Carson Moody and is cosponsored by NYU Wagner’s Alliance of Latino & Latin American Students (ALAS), the Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), and the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC).