Founded in 2012, Gallery at the Center’s mission is to show artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center's key areas of interest, including immigration, citizenship, national formations, labor, public space, race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity.
The Raging 70s is a stunning photographic exhibition that features twenty black and white images of Latino public figures, significant events and everyday life.
The collection highlights one of the era’s most talented photographers, Bolívar Arellano. Born in Ecuador in 1944, Arellano arrived in New York City on May 12, 1971 to work as a photojournalist for Associated Press and El Tiempo newspaper. In 1974 he began freelancing for the El Diario La Prensa, among other newspapers.
The current exhibit is drawn from El Diario La Prensa’s 5,000-image collection, which was recently donated to the Latino Arts and Activism Archive, a joint project of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity (CSER) and Race and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. The collection includes the work of over a dozen photographers and spans from the 1970s to the present.
The Gallery’s inaugural exhibit took place on October 17, 2012 with Superheroes, Dulce Pinzón's photographic tour de force in which she pays homage to Latino immigrants that withstand difficult labor conditions in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper. The exhibit featured a twelve-image sample from “Superheroes,” a series of portraits of superhero-clad Mexican and Central American immigrants in New York performing their jobs.
“Superheroes: Latino Immigrants Who Make New York”.