Panel (Tonight)—“Loisaida: Then & Now”


As part of the exhibition “La Lucha Continua / The Struggle Continues 1985 & 2017” (co-sponsored by The Loisaida Center and Artmakers Inc.) there will be a panel tonight (Wednesday, April 19, 6:30-8:00pm) at Loisiaida Inc., 710 East 9th Street, New York, New York. With participants Chino Garcia (CHARAS) and artists Maria Domínguez [see her mural “Sueño” above], Noah Jemisin, Kristin Reed, and Seth Tobocman, the panel will be moderated by Libertad Guerra, director of Loisaida Inc.

The 26 murals making up “La Lucha Continua / The Struggle Continues 1985 & 2017” (April 8 through June 30, 2017) addresses six political issues:  gentrification, police brutality, immigration, women’s issues, and opposition to U.S. interventions in Central America and apartheid in South Africa. This panel looks at Loisaida in 1985, the issues then of community concern, how these issues have changed or remained the same, and the challenges they present to the neighborhood today.

The murals were painted in 1985 on the Lower East Side (Loisaida) in the La Plaza Cultural community garden. This exhibition is more than an excavation of the past or an exploration of the social, political and cultural context in which the murals were created. It is also a lens aimed at today’s Loisaida [. . . while] directing the eye to the future.

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