On April 1st, 2015 the BxArts Factory hosted its closing reception for their INNUENDOS Art Exhibit. Artists from the Bronx, and community residents joined with the greater New York City and surrounding communities to celebrate. Our host for the evening was the fabulous Yolanda Rodriguez. Ms. Rodriguez’s welcoming smile greeted attendees. Attendees had an opportunity to see the exhibit and share in a wonderful food buffet with assorted wines and beverages. INNUENDOS celebrated with a standing room only audience. Several times additional chairs had to be brought in to accomodate everyone. It was evident the closing reception and event were well planned with care given to each detail.
First on the program was a panel discussion featuring female artists from the exhibition. Artists shared inspiration and insights into their work. This made for an interesting and lively discussion between panelists and audience members.
The panel discussion was followed with a multi-media production featuring Sharon Lee De La Cruz and Rena Anakwe titled A Manifesto Against The War on Mother Nature: Part One. This performance explores the current state of humanity through a digitally rendered narrative utilizing: animation, video, original and sampled compositions and dance.
“A Poetic Narrative Birthed From The Stuff My Mother Gave Me” , was performed by Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. and accompanied by Jazz Saxophonist and poet Sahji. Theirs was a passionate performance and well received by attendees.
Anthony Rosado presented a powerful performance titled “mi mama me dijo to call for Universal Humyn Love in these united states of AmeriKKKa”. This solo presentation is Anthony’s testimony as a queer man of color inherently afflicted by lies embedded in the Pledge of Allegiance. Following obstructed rebellion of the pledge. – BxArts Factory
Anthony says, “I divulge ways my mother taught me forgiving, unconditional love.” He followed his performance with an invitation for audience members to join him in dancing, and we did! What a wonderful and joyous ending!
Thank you, BxArts Factory for an incredible evening of discussion, dance, poetry and spoken word performance and music. INNUENDOS: The Voices of 10 Bronxite Women was produced by BxArts Factory and curated by Yolanda L. Rodriguez and Yelaine Rodriguez. INNUENDOS the book is available for sale on blurb. To learn more about BxArtsFactory http://www.bxartsfactory.org/blog
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