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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Q. What are some of the things you love about living Uptown?

A: The feeling of being family is what I love about living Uptown. Everyone looks out for one another. Even if they are strangers, they consider themselves family. It is a blessing to be Dominican and living in Washington Heights. It’s home, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.



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BY Michael J. Feeney

Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News

A Washington Heights artist is using his work to encourage discussion about some touchy subjects in the largely Dominican upper Manhattan community – skin color, hair texture and self-esteem.

And it’s become one of the most-talked about and well-attended exhibits in upper Manhattan, organizers said.

M. Tony Peralta’s show – “Complejo” (Spanish for complex) – started as a project about former baseball slugger Sammy Sosa’s controversial use of cream that made his skin lighter.

Read more: Washington Heights artist’s work is ‘Complejo’ – and drawing raves.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

At the end of the day, art is nothing if it doesn’t inspire conversation and reflection. That, ladies and gentleman, is exactly what occurred yesterday at M. Tony Peralta’s Complejo exhibit held at the NoMAA Gallery. I took part in and overheard plenty of folks sharing their own personal stories of dealing with the absurd but very real “complejos” that are part of the collective experience of Latinos. The striking and deceptively simple images put together by Peralta were the catalysts for lively discussion during and after the show.

The exhibit was wonderfully curated by the Sound of Art, which made wise use of the entire NoMAA space to tell a storyline in parts. Each room built and added on to what came before. It seems that everyone in attendance took time to consume and digest each every piece and had their particular favorite that spoke to them.

The exhibit did a masterful job of showcasing relatable art. Art that stirs the soul, art that feels like you are a part of it, art that speaks to your individual narrative while simultaneously telling the story of multitudes.

You have until August 25th to take in this remarkable exhibit. Support the arts and artists in your community. Remember the motto, “Spread love it’s the Uptown way.”

 178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor (at 189th St.)
New York, NY 10040
info@nomaanyc.org | www.nomaanyc.org

Shout out to Tahiry, Juan Bago, Frank Nibbs and Eileen Z. Fuentes for their Instagram pics.

 I invite you to join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at ledblackNYC@gmail.com

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Complejo – M. Tony Peralta art exhibit from Ruben Henriquez on Vimeo.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Start making preparations now, clear your schedule, move things around if you have to but you are going to want to be in attendance at the Rio Gallery (Penthouse -10 Fort Washington Ave) on Saturday, August 6th from 7 – 10pm, trust me. That date is the unveiling of NYC Over and Under, a journey through New York City via the eyes and lens of photographer extraordinaire, Jay Franco. With the official after party at the swank and sophisticated Apt 78 (4447 Broadway), this will be one of the must-attend events of an already legendary Uptown Summer. Stay tuned for more on this can’t miss exhibit and remember “Spread Love it’s the Uptown way”.

NYC OVER AND UNDER from IamNYC on Vimeo.

Site: http://venti20vision.com/

Twitter: @_JayFranco

Official Exhibit Hashtag: #NYCOVERANDUNDER

FB: http://facebook.com/pages/venti20visioncom/

Click here for our Uptown Artist column on Jay Franco.

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iPhone loves NY Attitude

Opening Reception

Friday, June 17 6-8 PM

Photo-paintings and drawings by Antonio Lemos Muñoz.
(June 12 – July 17)
Yager Esthetics
130 Ft. Washington Ave. (at 165th St.)

Info: www.antoniomunoz.info | www.yagerplasticsurgery.com | 212.543.1700

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

New Harlem Glimpse by Dato Mio

Friday, June 17th 6 – 8 PM

The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway (between 165th & 166th Streets)

The good folks at the Shabazz Center will be highlighting the work of the absolutely engaging and provocative artist Dato Mio. ‘New Harlem Glimpse’ uses photography, mixed media, text and video to dissect and explore visions of Harlem’s past, present and possible future. Believe me, this is one exhibit you don’t want to miss from an artist you need to know about.

This exhibit is part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s (NoMAA) Uptown Arts Stroll. The full exhibit opens on Friday, June 17th and will continue in the ballroom until Monday, June 20th. It will continue in the lobby until the end of August.

For more info: theshabazzcenter.net/

Artist Site: saatchionline.com/profile/DatoMio

Artist Twitter: @Dato_Mio

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