‘Queenie’ female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s collection

See what we women have to say in ‘Queenie,’ an exhibition of female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection, at Hunter East Harlem Gallery, Tuesday – Saturday, March 21 – June 23, 2018.


The exhibition takes its name from, Queenie, a sculpture by Alessandra Expósito. She took a deer’s skull, a rather masculine symbol, and made it feminine with pink color and flowers. Why not?

The exhibition includes new commissions by Melissa Calderón, Alessandra Expósito, and Glendalys Medina.

The exhibition is organized by:

  • Arden Sherman
    Curator, Hunter East Harlem Gallery
  • Noel Valentin
    Permanent Collection Manager, El Museo del Barrio
  • Elizaveta Shneyderman
    Gallery Manager, Hunter East Harlem Gallery
  • Olivia Gauthier
    Gund Curatorial Fellow, Hunter College


There is a reception on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Artists in Queenie

One of the things that distinguishes many of these female artists is their focus on social issues. Many are inspired by issues of migration. Caribbean artists deal with the influence of decolonization on Caribbean life today.

Anonymous female artisans from Chile

Being Chilean of a certain age, gives one a survivor’s perspective.

Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera is an installation and performance artist who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1968. Her work revolves around issues of power and control.

Bruguera studied art at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Cuba has a very good arts education. She earned an MFA in performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bruguera is famous for her Untitled (Havana, 2000) which was recently on view at MoMA.


Margarita Cabrera

Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1973 and raised in the U.S. She earned her MFA from Hunter College. She now lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

Cabrera’s work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and other established museums.


Melissa Calderón

Melissa Calderón is a New York Puerto Rican. She has exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Queens Museum and other venues. She is active in promoting the arts in The South Bronx.


Maria Fernanda Cardoso

Maria Fernanda Cardoso was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1963. Cardoso earned a Masters in Sculpture and Installation from Yale University.

She has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art New York, Venice Biennale, Centre Georges Pompidou, Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, and other leading museums.

Cardoso currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.


Melba Carillo

Melba Carillo is a Cuban artist.

Marta Chilindron

Marta Chilindron is an abstract artist who was born in Uruguay in 1951. She creates work that invites audience participation and questions our perceptions of permanence and reality.

Chilindron earned a BFA at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. She lives and works in New York.

Alessandra Expósito

Alessandra Expósito is an Italian-Cuban – American artist who lives and works in Queens.

She earned a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Maryland, and an MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers in New Jersey.


iliana emilia garcia

Iliana Emilia Garcia was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1970. Her work most often is centered on chairs.

Garcia earned a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons.

Her work is in collections at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in the Dominican Republic and others.

She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Scherezade Garcia

Scherezade Garcia is a painter and printmaker who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1966.

She earned a BFA from Parsons The New School and an MFA from City College of New York.

Garcia’s work is in collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, and others.

She lives and works in Brooklyn, and teaches at Parsons School of Design.


Dulce Gómez

Dulce Gómez was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1967.

She studied art at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas. She spent time in New York City in a residency at The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

She turns found objects into painterly surfaces. Gómez is currently working on her MFA at the University of Caracas, Venezuela.


Cristina Hernández Botero

Cristina Hernández Botero is a painter and photographer who was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1977. She is inspired by pre-columbian esthetics.

Hernández Botero did her BFA at NYU.

Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera is a minimalist abstract painter who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1915. Herrera has lived and worked in New York City since the 1950s.

Herrera only became famous very late in her career in 2004. She has had recent exhibitions at Lisson Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Her work is in collections at the TATE Modern in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Carmen Herrera

Jessica Kairé

Jessica Kairé was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 1980. She is Jewish, and lives and works in Brooklyn. Kairé is co-founder and co-director of NuMu, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in Guatemala City, Guatemala.


Carmen Lomas Garza

Carmen Lomas Garza is a Mexican – American artist born in Kingsville, Texas in 1948. Her work references the everyday lives of Mexican – Americans.


Evelyn López de Guzmán

Evelyn López de Guzmán is a Op artist (optical illusions) who was active in the 1970s.

Anna Maria Maiolino

Anna Maria Maiolino is a Brazilian minimalist who was born in Scalea, Italy in 1942. She is Italian – Ecuadorian, but was raised in Brazil. She lives and works in São Paulo.

Maiolino just had a major retrospective at MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Glendalys Medina

Glendalys Medina was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was raised in The Bronx.


Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. When her father was imprisoned in Cuba, she was sent to Iowa.

Mendieta did her BFA and MFA at the University of Iowa. She won a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA grant in 1980.

Mendieta died in 1985.

Marina Núñez del Prado

Marina Núñez del Prado was a celebrated Bolivian sculptor. She was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1910.

Her home in Lima is now the Marina Núñez del Prado Museum. Núñez del Prado died in Lima, Peru in 1995.

Liliana Porter

Liliana Porter is an Argentine artist who lives and works in New York City. She was born in Buenos Aires in 1941.

Porter works in a variety of media. Her work is in major collections such as the TATE Modern, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many others.


Raquel Rabinovich

Raquel Rabinovich is Romanian – Jewish. She was born in Argentina in 1929. Rabinovich was a political prisoner under the Perón regime.

Today Rabinovich lives and works in Rhinebeck, New York.


Nitza Tufiño

Nitza Tufiño is a muralist who was born in Mexico City in 1949 and raised in Puerto Rico.

She studied art at the Academia San Carlos in Mexico City. Meeting Mexican muralist Alfaro Siquieros inspired her artistic direction.

Tufiño is a co-founder of El Museo del Barrio. She got a masters in Urban Affairs at Hunter College.


Hunter East Harlem Gallery

The Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Ave, New York, NY 10035
(at 119th St)
East Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday – Saturday: 12 noon – 5 pm

March 21 – June 23, 2018

For more information, visit www.huntereastharlemgallery.org


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