A Cultural Hothouse in an Unlikely Locale

A Cultural Hothouse in an Unlikely Locale By David Gonzalez New York Times City Room Blog The notion of popular art must have seemed like a really hard sell in the South Bronx 30 years ago. The blight all around was the least of it. Fact is, what usually passed for objets d’art in apartments […]

Students Investigate Local Issues Through Service Learning

The final bell rings at the George Wingate Educational Campus, home to four Brooklyn public schools, and a handful of ninth-grade students trickle into a classroom for their after-school service-learning class on a rainy spring afternoon.

The students quickly settle into seats, and their teacher, Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, pulls up a chair alongside them to begin the session. The class is in the midst of conducting an urban investigation, a unique, local service-learning project that asks students to confront challenging issues within their community to gain fuller understanding and become more engaged citizens.

I Have a Basement Apartment. Now What?

A group of students from Hostos Community College’s Now Program also set out on a project that focused on some illegal housing, the result of their work I HAVE A BASEMENT APARTMENT. NOW WHAT? can be seen tonight (August 7th) AT THE CENTER FOR URBAN PEDAGOGY. You even get a comic book as a parting gift! READ ON!

Class Consciousness

Taraneh Fazeli on Night School for Artforum AN ANECDOTE FROM THE ART WORLD, though it could as easily have been a hostage scene from the sausage factory in Tout va bien, left on the cutting-room floor: Attendees at a panel discussion in Berlin are pooled together in a room with a television, on which the proceedings are […]

Making it in New York Immigrant Artists at the 60 Wall Street Gallery

Twenty artists from eleven nations. “Making It,” the current exhibition at Deutsche Bank’s 60 Wall Street Gallery, features works by participants in the 2008 NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, demonstrating that New York continues to have an immense attraction for the international art community.

Immigrants Make Strides in NY Art World

Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, a Puerto-Rican conceptual artist, does not sell his work by the Metropolitan. Rather, he came to New York City because of a six-month mentoring program sponsored by the New York Foundation of the Arts.

Art as Resistance

By: Marie-Theresa Hernández, PhD for DREAM ACT – TEXAS   “A banana from my country can travel easier than me” says Benito Banana (alias Hatuey Ramos-Fermin) . Conceptual artist Hatuey Ramos-Fermin puts on a banana suit to accentuate how bananas have no problem at security points. How is this Resistance? When you see Benito Banana, it makes you laugh, and then you […]

Guiding Hands Help Immigrant Artist Connect

Something about the man in the banana costume appealed to Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga. Maybe it was the sign he wore that read, “A banana from my country can travel easier than me.” Maybe it was the fruit-wearer’s free-spiritedness as he paraded in his peel through public places. Or maybe it was the Latino roots they shared.

Nuevas voces en la fotografía

En el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico estará desde el 9 de julio al 13 de agosto de 2006, la muestra: ‘Nuevas Voces en la Fotografía’. En la exhibición participaron: Alia Farid Abdal de Kwait, Victor Rafael González de Nueva York, Hatuey Ramos Fermín de Santo Domingo, Yianitza Febles, Pablo Guardiola, Lara Reyes Cruz y Gerald Silva de Puerto Rico.