Reports of art scene’s death are exaggerated

Artists say change defines their relationship with Mott Haven
Hatuey Ramos Fermin sits in the most famous apartment in Mott Haven, recording a podcast called “South Bronx Filter.”
Fermin is the current tenant of Apartment 3A at 309 Alexander Avenue, which housed the Blue Bedroom where for two years his friend Blanka Amezkua displayed the work of contemporary artists who agreed in exchange for the show to offer a workshop or discussion in the neighborhood.

Barri-o-rama Hatuey Ramos Fermín

El artista plástico puertorriqueño Hatuey Ramos Fermín caminó por todas las calles de El Barrio en la ciudad de Nueva York tomando fotos de cada uno de los sitios donde se puede comprar productos frescos para cocinar en la casa. Esta travesía y documentación son parte de una exhibición que comienza el viernes, 3 de junio en Taller Boricua y lleva por nombre Barri-o-rama.

Conversation Series Launches in Mott Haven

A local artist has developed a new way for people all over the country to stay on top of what’s happening in the Bronx.

From artist Blanka Amezkua’s former Bronx Blue Bedroom Project on 309 Alexander Avenue, fellow artist and friend Hatuey Ramos Fermin has developed a monthly podcast for Bronx residents and others nationwide to enjoy.

A Tightly Knit and Diverse Arts Scene Grows in the Bronx

Artist and educator Hatuey Ramos Fermin moved to the Bronx in 2007 to jump-start his career in New York after completing his studies in the Netherlands. An enticing mix of affordable housing and teaching opportunities lured Fermin to the South Bronx. Four years later, he has yet to leave.

Drawings by Mexican Artist, Aurelio Del Muro On Display

Coqui Mexicano, who is not just a restaurant in Melrose but a local cultural institution, will be hosting, “Drawings From the Story, “¿Un Anhelo?” – Aurelio Del Muro.” The exhibit is curated Hatuey Ramos -Fermin who is a self-described multimedia artist.

Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Battle Draws Fresh Voices

Last week, fifteen Bronx high school students added their voices to the volatile mix of dialogue over the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory, a former National Guard ammunitions warehouse in the Bronx.

Dispatching Art In Real Time

On speaking with Fermín, he explained to me his early encounters of using cab services when he arrived in the Bronx. These encounters initiated his idea for Transmit-Transit.

A Playful Take on Serious Matters: The Center for Urban Pedagogy

By Rebecka Gordan for [ polis ] blog: Collecting my thoughts after six months as an architectural reporter in New York City, one of my most memorable encounters was undoubtedly with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). I wrote three articles on this Brooklyn-based organization, two in print and one online. What makes this non-profit so special is the wayContinue reading “A Playful Take on Serious Matters: The Center for Urban Pedagogy”

Los taxis de NY que no son amarillos en Diálogo Digital

La vida de un taxista. Cuántas veces alguien se detiene a pensar en la cotidianidad de ese conductor (o conductora) que lo lleva de un sitio a otro. Cómo es su oficio un día cualquiera, el domingo “día familiar” por excelencia. Hombres y mujeres que pasan -a menudo- hasta 18 horas con el trasero entumecido recibiendo direcciones de todos. Del centro de transmisión, de los clientes que cambian de parecer cuando el aparato móvil se lo indica: “No, mejor déjame en la otra calle, perdona…”

Review and Interview with Hatuey Ramos Fermin

BY Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga for his blog

Puerto Rican publication, Dialogo Digital ran a review and interview of “Transmit-Transit” Hatuey Ramos Fermin’s first solo show in NYC that I curated. The article presents an in depth interview with Hatuey regarding the development and concepts behind the exhibition currently on exhibit at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos in the Bronx.

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 apartmentsContinue reading “A Cultural Hothouse in an Unlikely Locale”

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 areContinue reading “Class Consciousness”

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 youContinue reading “Art as Resistance”

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.