Pictured Above: “Carnival” by Hector deCordova

Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport will host the opening of its spring 2024 exhibition “Heritage and Home: Latin American Artists of the East End / Hogar y herencia: Artistas latinoamericanos del East End,” this Friday, March 22.

The exhibit features more than a dozen East End artists of Latin American descent, and explores themes of social and cultural heritage and the idea of what we call home. Included artists range from the established nonagenarian Greenport painter Hector deCordova to young artists who have recently immigrated to the North Fork from countries such as Cuba and Guatemala.

The range of artistic media is equally extensive. Painting, sculpture, textiles, film, and mixed media are all featured. The exhibition also dismantles the divide between fine and folk art, with the inclusion of Mexican Alebrijes sculptures, a Guatemalan piñata, and Ecuadorian-American puppetry that tells stories from various Latin American countries.

Some works address the trauma or memory of immigration, while others focus on celebrating familial and cultural lineage. What tends to unite the works is the sense that “home” can travel with us, and be more places than one.

Seen together, the pieces in Heritage and Home / Hogar y herencia attest to the vibrancy of Latin American art and culture on the East End of Long Island.

Floyd Memorial Library is at 539 First Street in Greenport. The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display until 5 pm on May 12 (Mother’s Day), and related events will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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