Mexico/Staten Island

July 15, 2017 @ 11:00 AM – September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C&G)

General admission to the Newhouse Center is $5 ($4 for students/seniors, free for Snug Harbor Members), and summer hours are Wed-Sun, 10 AM-5 PM.

Opening Reception: July 15, 2:00 -4:00 PM | Free admission

The photographs of this exhibit are part of Irma Bohórquez-Geisler’s ongoing social documentary series, “Simple Moments of an Emerging Presence.” The 35 silver gelatin portraits of the fast growing Mexican immigrant population of the Staten Island community were curated by Professor Edward J. Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, New York University. The Consulate General of Mexico, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Celebrate Mexico Now! Festival presented this photo exhibit at the gallery Octavio Paz from October 2016 through June 2017. The photographs show family traditions and simple moments of daily life at home, in stores, on the street, at work and at church.

Irma Bohórquez-Geisler is a photographer, educator, biologist, traditional craftsperson, and Founder, Artistic and Program Director of the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Staten Island, established in 1992. She was featured on The NY Times/Lens Blog 6/15/2016, “Mexicans in New York: Traditions and Turning Points.” Featured at opening night of New York City’s Photoville Battle of the Boroughs 2016, representing Staten Island. Her photographs have been exhibited at several contemporary art galleries and museums and published in numerous newspapers. Councilwoman Debi Rose conferred on Irma the “Staten Island Women Who Preserve History” award. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Entomology from Oxford University.