Photo: Malcolm Pinckney
Artworks by 20+ artists on display through November 10, 2022
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, NYC Parks today announced the opening of Las Flores de mi País, now on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Presented by NYC Parks’ Latino Society, in collaboration with NYC Parks’ Arts & Antiques division, the exhibition features artworks by more than 20 artists that explore interpretations of Latinx culture through imagery of native flora.
“After 35 years of representing and supporting the agency’s Hispanic and Latino staff, NYC Parks’ Latino Society is excited to present its first gallery show and highlight the work of nearly two dozen artists,” said NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa. “We are proud to add to the Arsenal Gallery’s amazing lineup of free exhibitions with Las Flores de mi País, which celebrates the artistic and creative talents of New York City’s Latinx community.”
Artists responded to a call for submissions with interpretations on the theme through photographs, paintings, mixed media, and more. Works use botanicals as inspiration, symbols, historical references, and in textile designs that reflect a culture or tradition. The individuals participating in the exhibition include: Alexa Maldonado, Carlos Mateu, Cazrola & Saleme, Daniel Delvalle, Ilse Abril, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sofia Llanes, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, Lola Sandino Stanton, Maria Fernandez, Suzanne Pemberton, Cecile Chong, Daniele Frazier, Giannina Gutierrez, Kathia Regalado, Yannina Taboada, Maryte Mercado, Alexandria Nazar, Allicette Torres, Salvador Andrade, and Zoila Andrea Coc Chang.
Las Flores de mi País (“The Flowers of my Country”) is on view through November 10, 2022. A free virtual exhibition tour and discussion will be co-hosted with GreenThumb on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 6 p.m. RSVP here.
NYC Parks’ Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, wildlife, New York City parks and park history. It is located on the third floor of Parks’ headquarters in Central Park on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information on the Arsenal Gallery, visit nyc.gov/parks/art.
The NYC Parks Latino Society was founded in 1987 to unify and represent NYC Parks’ Latino/Hispanic community. The society provides support, counsel, and mentoring for Latinos/Hispanics in the agency and acknowledges their many contributions to NYC Parks and the city as a whole.