Category Archives: Gallery

November 21 – Word Up Fall Comix Show

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Experience work by a new crop of cartoonists from our Nonfiction Comics Class, taught by local cartoonist Ellen Lindner! We will be opening this new exhibit in the Word Up gallery space with a party and zine reading. Topics this time include surviving cancer, subway etiquette, our current political situation, how to grow avocados, a tale of chronic pain, and the continuing story of a woman living with HIV in 1980s New York—plus much more. There will be simultaneous Spanish interpretation of this event available.

This event is free and refreshments will be served.

Thanks to LMCC and the New York Department of Culture for their generous funding of this class and this event.

Thursday, November 21, 2019
7–9pm
Word Up Fall Comix Show – Opening and Zine Reading
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
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June 20: Launch: Stories I’d Tell A Million Times

Love comics and graphic novels? Please join us in celebrating the launch of the Word Up Summer Comics Show, featuring work from the recent Word Up class, Stories I’d Tell A Million Times: A Nonfiction Comics Class at Word Up Community Bookshop.
The fun starts at 6:30 with free refreshments, a zine reading a a chance to meet the artists! The zine reading will be translated into Spanish for those who are interested.
Stories I’d Tell A Million Times: A Nonfiction Comics Class at Word Up Community Bookshop, taught by Ellen Lindner, is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
Launch: Summer Comics Show
Thursday, June 20, 2019
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032
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April 19: Opening: Printing Hudson River—a show by Inju Kaboom

Exhibition Opening
Friday, April 19, 2019
6:30–8:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

Inju Kaboom’s Printing Hudson River show comprises the full series of prints she produced for El Alto/The Heights, which was a group printmaking project commissioned by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria.* Each print in Inju’s series—created using suminagashi, ebru, and marbling printing techniques—was unique in execution and result. Alongside the full series, Inju will be hosting public workshops to demonstrate the techniques; stay tuned for more information on the workshops and artist talk to come. 

Printing Hudson River will be on view through May 19.

Inju Kaboom’s Printing Hudson River

The print series I have produced for El Alto represents a lifetime spent in Washington Heights. The act of printing off the river represents the un-curated and un-gentrified freedom the park still affords the people at the park. Each print represents the unique and totally original nature of a neighborhood bound by the diversity of cultures and communion of natural public spaces like the Hudson River.

Marbling is a printmaking technique produced especially for bookmakers. In Europe, it was used as end papers for hardcover books that designated a unique signature for the publisher. In Japan, it was prized as an authentication technique for highly sensitive royal documents. Each print is unique but comes from the same batch of water and ink pool.

While the diversity of the neighborhood has shifted and changed with time and the big tide of gentrification inevitably reaches The Heights, one thing I have always experienced as an equalizer, has been the riverbank at George Washington Bridge Park. I grew up watching the Puerto Rican Liberation Army practice drills by the river, right next to actors practicing mime routines for workshops at Juilliard. There were no shortages of older semi-retired men from a rich tapestry of diverse backgrounds; Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, China, Upper West Side; fishing, crabbing and kayaking on the riverbank. Families from Russia to Mexico making their own unique take on BBQ. I once watched a Cuban family bury a small pig into the sand with some coal—a full day’s worth of digging and cooking but at sunset what a feast! For most families like my own family, our vacation was usually a stay-cation, spent on a stolen weekend, people watching and communing with other families at the riverbank where the city seemed just a fingertip away.

I have this great memory of my grandmother visiting one year from South Korea and we spent the whole day foraging for edible greens all along the park. I remember feeling both embarrassed and completely fascinated by how much free food there was everywhere—she showed me how to harvest mulberries from all the trees along the river—she went home and made everything from wine to preserved jellied candies. If she were still alive, I would have shown her how to wrap her wonderful mulberry candy onto marbled paper for the holidays.

—Inju Kaboom


* The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and was made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

February 2 – The Heights/El Alto Artists’ Conversations

Artists with work in Word Up’s current exhibition The Heights/El Alto will gather for conversations about their works and the neighborhood changes that inspired them.

Dió-genes Abréu, Inju Keum, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Cindy Vasquez, Jerise Fogel, and Reynaldo García Pantaleón.

(More artists may be included as schedules allow.)

The Heights/El Alto is a commissioned portfolio of prints that asks visual artists who are longtime residents (15+ years) of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—of Washington Heights/Inwood today. EXHIBITION ON VIEW THROUGH FEBRUARY 3.

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FEATURED ARTISTS:
Dió-genes Abreu, Jerise Fogel, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Alex Guerrero, Inju Kaboom, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Rosa Naparstek, Gregory Rafael Nuñez, Sky Pape,Mary Ely Peña-Gratereaux & Virginia Ayress Moreno, Dister Rondon, Rene De Los Santos, Elizabeth Starčević, Rider Ureña, Cindy Vasquez

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About The Heights/El Alto Printmaking Project
Washington Heights/Inwood has been the site of immigration—and attendant real estate turmoil—ever since Mannahatta was purchased from the Lenape in what is now Inwood Hill Park. For decades, urgent conversations have taken place around housing, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, city infrastructure and preservation, and displacement and change—dialogues that became all the more constant leading up to the ratification in 2018 of the City’s plan to rezone Inwood. The Heights/El Alto contributes an artistic response to this neighborhood-wide—and citywide/nationwide/global—issue.

The first exhibition will be on view at Word Up Community Bookshop through January 2019, then will be presented at spaces around the neighborhood and city thereafter. Additional artists will be added prior to the second exhibition.

The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

The Heights/El Alto Artists’ Conversations
Saturday, February 2
4-6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

December 16 – Exhibition Opening: The Heights / El Alto Printmaking Project

The Heights/El Alto is a commissioned portfolio of prints, and group exhibition, that asks visual artists who are longtime residents of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods in New York City to capture, reflect, represent, interpret, and/or process the changing population and landscape—in all its economic, social, and civic complexity—of Washington Heights/Inwood today. Washington Heights/Inwood has been the site of immigration—and attendant real estate turmoil—ever since Mannahatta was purchased from the Lenape in what is now Inwood Hill Park. For decades, urgent conversations have taken place around housing, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, city infrastructure and preservation, and displacement and change—dialogues that became all the more constant leading up to the ratification in 2018 of the City’s plan to rezone Inwood. The Heights/El Alto contributes an artistic response to this neighborhood-wide issue.

The Heights/El Alto is organized by Realengo Studio and Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, and is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

Exhibition Opening: The Heights / El Alto Printmaking Project
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

6:30-8:30 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032