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CUNY in the Bronx: Las Casitas Archives Opening Reception

  • Wednesday, November 04, 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Atrium at Hostos Community College, 475 Grand Concourse at 149th Street., “A” Building.

Las Casitas Archives Opening Reception and exhibit is held in conjunction with the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos and Bronx Culture Trolley. The centerpiece of Las Casitas Archives will be the documents, photographs and wall texts exhibited at the seminal Casitas Exhibition curated and produced in 1991 by Betty Sue Hertz and Bill Aguado of the Bronx Council on the Arts. The exhibit opened at the Smithsonian Institution and went on to be be exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts; later, an updated version was exhibited at the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture and Syracuse University. New York’s casitas, reproductions of Puerto Rican working class homes, have been a vital expression of Afro-Puerto Rican culture in the diaspora, places where migrants from the island have re-created a piece of the island culture through music, dance and vernacular architecture.

Before or after this event feel free to view small exhibits located in the library “Life and Times of Congressman Jose E. Serrano” and “Hostos Arts and Culture Program Presents.”

CUNY in the Bronx is a series of events that will guide the uninitiated between Bronx Community College, Lehman College, and Hostos Community College to illustrate Bronx’s rich intellectual legacy. Come and gain a deeper understanding of this overlooked yet vital area of New York City as well as learn more about CUNY’s role in enriching the lives of Bronx residents. 

The series consists of public lectures and events in October 2015, including a collaborative digital exhibit entitled Bronx 100, which highlights archival material from the archives at Hostos and BCC documenting CUNY’s impact on higher education in the Bronx. This series is co-sponsored by the Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Lehman College and the Bronx Tourism Council.

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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