Category Archives: Gallery

On view now through February 25: Visiones / Visions

This weekend is the last opportunity to catch Word Up volunteer Juliana Torres Forero’s art exhibition. We hope you can make it!

Observar con el ojo de adentro. Profundizar en el instante. Colores, trazos, movimientos que van moldeando la naturaleza de una visión, de un paisaje intuido, adentro, se construye. Imagino teologías del presente: las formas aparecen como una ofrenda al tiempo.

To observe with the inside eye. Deepen in the moment. Colors, traces, movements that molds the nature of a vision, an intuitive landscape, inside, you build it. I imagine theologies of the present:forms appear as an offerings to the moment.

Juliana Torres Forero is a poet, translator, teacher, and Word Up collective member. Originally from Colombia, Juliana presents “Visiones,” some of her paintings from her time in New York City, in an exhibition on view till February 25.

Juliana Torres Forero: Visiones/Visions
On view through February 25, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032


November 2 – SELF: self portraits by the Lantern Arts Collective

SELF: self portraits by the Lantern Arts Collective
A new art exhibition at Word Up Community Bookshop
November & December 2017

Opening reception, with short films by the LANTERN ARTS COLLECTIVE and VIVIAN DUCAT: Thursday, November 2, 5–7pm 

The Lantern Arts Collective unites artists of diverse backgrounds and experience who live in Lantern Community Services supportive housing buildings. Members of the groups meet on a weekly basis to explore a variety of media, guided by Chantal Heijnen, Sonja Rohde and Emily Sharp. Their work was recently displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery as part of Arts to End Violence. The Lantern Arts Collective also presented their work in the 2017 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll. A collaborative piece they created, Block Party, was featured in the 2016 Community Partnership Art Show at the Museum of Modern Art.

To celebrate the opening of this new exhibition, we’re screening two short films examining portraits and their curation.

Stonefaced is a documentary short about the architect, author, photographer, and professor Robert Arthur King, who is obsessed with gargoyles. As Robert walks around the New York City capturing images, he muses on these curious figures embedded in our city’s great architecture. Stonefaced is produced and directed by Vivian Ducat, whose other credits include producing, directing, and writing the documentary feature All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, and more than 20 long-form documentaries for broadcast. Vivian spent the first part of her career in London, working for the BBC, and has also produced and directed interactive media short films, touchscreen kiosks and digital exhibitions for many New York City–based institutions, including the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center and the New-York Historical Society. Vivian lives with her family in Washington Heights, where she is the co-chair of the Riverside Oval Association, an organization dedicated to the greening of the area west of Broadway between 155th and 158th Streets and the development of a sense of identity for the area.

Self > Selfie is a short film exploring the ways we curate our images for public consumption, and examining what our screens fail to capture and communicate about life experience. Self > Selfie was made in collaboration with Lantern and teaching artist Kerry Downey, in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art Community Partnership Program. Since 2007, MoMA’s Community Partnership Program has been working with nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout New York City to create new ways of accessing MoMA’s collection and resources. As a multidisciplinary video artist, Downey is interested in finding creative ways to explore our contemporary relationship to media and technology.

August 30 – Leslie Jimenez & Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez’s Thursday Exhibit: Works on Paper

Leslie Jimenez & Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez/FEEGZ
Thursday Exhibit: 
Works on Paper
August 31–October 31, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

Thursday Exhibit brings together collective mates Leslie Jimenez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, two local artists, in a collaborative effort to share their work with the community. A selection of their mostly black-and-white drawings on paper about the neighborhood will be on display at Word Up Community Bookshop. Using simple elements such as line and contrast – with materials such as pen, marker, thread, tape and spray paint – these artist aim to capture snapshots of their relationships with Uptown Manhattan. In addition, a mural will be drawn by the artists inside the space before the opening, and will remain on view throughout the exhibition.

Leslie Jimenez makes art about the people and places of the neighborhood she calls home, which has become a great source of daily inspiration during morning walks with her daughter. In her practice, Jimenez explores the relationships children develop with public spaces, and the power of representation, by depicting parents as the humble heroes of the neighborhood. In her series Uptown Humble Heroes (a series of stitched drawings), she honors and celebrates the life, the work, and the diversity of Upper Manhattan residents.

Caribbean New Yorker, Atheist on some days, Non Theist Agnostic on others, Liberal, Socialist, Agitator, Ethical Polyamorist, Marijuana Advocate, HS dropout, GED holder, Autodidact, Educator, Debater, white people fearing, All people loving, LGBTQ allying, Hip Hop, Sneaker, Comic and Sci-fi loving Dominican Puerto Rican Interdisciplinary Artist born on a military base in North Carolina in 1976. Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez a.k.a FEEGZ, Figaro & Firo173 has exhibited taught and spoken in dozens of institutions nationally and internationally, really. NYC since 82.


Leslie Jimenez y Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez/FEEGZ31
Una exhibición para un jueves: Obras en papel
de agosto–31 de octubre, 2017
Recepción de apertura: jueves, 31 de agosto de 2017 | 6:30-8:30pm
Librería comunitaria Word Up
2113 Avenida Amsterdam (en calle 165)

En Una exhibición para un jueves Leslie Jimenez y Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, miembros del mismo colectivo, colaboran para compartir su trabajo con la comunidad. Se trata de una selección de sus dibujos en papel sobre la ciudad, en su mayoría  en blanco y negro, que serán exhibidos en la librería comunitaria Word Up.  Utilizando elementos sencillos, tales como línea y contraste – con materiales tales como pluma, marcador, hilo, cinta, y pintura con spray – estos artistas buscan plasmar instantáneas de sus relaciones con el Alto Manhattan. Además, un mural que también formará parte de la exhibición, será dibujado por los artistas dentro del espacio antes de la apertura..  

Leslie Jimenez hace arte sobre las personas y los lugares del barrio, al que ella llama su hogar, lo cual se ha convertido en una fuente de inspiración regular durante sus caminatas diarias con su hija. En su práctica artística, Jimenez explora las relaciones que los niños desarrollan con los espacios públicos y el poder de la representación al retratar a los padres como los héroes humildes del barrio. En la serie “Héroes humildes del alto Manhattan” (una serie de dibujos de puntada), ella celebra y honra la vida, el trabajo, y la diversidad de los residentes del Alto Manhattan.

Neworkino caribeño, ateo algunos días, No-teísta agnóstico otros días, liberal, socialista, agitador, poliamoroso ético, defensor de la marihuana, Abandonó la escuela secundaria, titular del GED, autodidacta, educador, polemista, le tiene miedo a la gente blanca, ama a todo el mundo, aliado de la comunidad LGBTQ, amante del Hip Hop, los tenis, comics y Sci-fi. Dominicano y Puertorriqueño, artista interdisciplinario nacido en una base militar en Carolina del Norte en 1976. Carlos Jesús Martínez Dominguez, alias FEEGZ, Figaro y Firo173 ha expuesto, enseñado y hablado en docenas de instituciones a nivel nacional e internacional, de verdad. En Nueva York desde el 82.

Nov 13 to Jan 13 – Gaga Pa’l Pueblo Gallery Exhibit



“Gagá pa’l Pueblo takes place every summer on Sundays in the Anne Loftus Playground on Dyckman Street as well as other places in the Heights and beyond. Gagá pa’l Pueblo is an all-out celebration of Afro-Dominican identity that welcomes, engages and entrances all who take part in it.” -Uptown Collective

We will be displaying photos from these traditional gatherings at Word Up through January 13, 2016 with an opening reception November 19th, 2015
with live performances by the Gaga group.

1 Alcibiades Garcia
2 Rafael De Los Santos
3 Jose Guichardo
4 Felix Ramirez
5 Radhames Morales
6 Narciso Polanco

Gaga Pa’l Pueblo Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY

July 16 – Word Up Gallery – “En Route” by Greg Nuñez & Cecilia Tavarez

July 16 - En Route

Join us for the opening of En Route, a new art exhibition by local artists Greg Nuñez and Cecilia Tavarez!

In this series of new works, two New York artists explore their relationship to elements of nature and take us on a journey to their earthly roots. Assemblages and paintings invite viewers to consider ideas about primal elements of nature and to question: Can we dissolve illusions of separation and reclaim our alliance with the natural world?


Gregory Rafael Nuñez
There is a kind of shape shifting inherent in life, such as the rising and receding life cycles of ecosystems. Through animal archetypes Greg Nuñez explores these evolving versions of reality. He is interested in the spaces where these shifts intersect internally and externally and how they can sometimes reflect psychic and energetic mutations.

Greg was born in Washington Heights, New York City. Throughout his life, his family has lived and traveled between their two home countries, Dominican Republic and the United States. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design/The New School. He went on to earn an M.A. in Art Education from the City College of New York and has been teaching art in public schools for 16 years. He currently resides in Inwood and continues to create artworks in painting, drawing and mixed media.

Cecilia Ines Tavarez
Her source of inspiration for this new body of work comes from a love of nature as well as her travel experiences in Hawaii and Peru where she did volunteer work at various retreat centers. She has been exploring her interests in indigenous cultures and traditions, shamanism, spirituality and has been doing her own healing work with plant medicines, which has had a big impact on her work.

Cecilia is a rediscovered artist, who is a native New Yorker, raised in Washington Heights and is of Dominican descent. She began her formal art training at the High School of Art & Design, has taken coursework at Fashion Institute of Technology and studied abroad at Altos de Chavon, Parsons in Dominican Republic. Presently, she is attending CUNY City College and working on earning her B.A. in Studio Arts.

“En Route” Gallery Opening
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY