‘Nasty Women/Bad Hombres’: Determination and Daring at El Museo del Barrio | Highbrow Magazine

BY Sandra Bertrand

Tu Afro No Cabe En La Foto Art: Alex Guerrero

Tu Afro No Cabe En La Foto Art: Alex Guerrero

When El Museo del Barrio decided to launch uptown:nastywomen/bad hombres, an exhibit of artists living or working in Upper Manhattan’s El Barrio, Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood, they didn’t take the challenge lightly. These artists are individuals whose works engage with the cultural legacy of sexism, racism, homophobia, the power of the media, healthcare or the lack thereof, our natural environment, and violence. But does that make them or the work “nasty” or “bad” as the exhibit’s title suggests?

After a careful viewing of the show, I’d vote a resounding “no.” What I did discover in multidisciplinary works whether collage, documentary shorts, photography, painting, textile work or video was a mixture of determination and daring, tenacity and tenderness—even an occasional dose of whimsy. Only a hint of rage seethed under the surface of the occasional piece. And, to be expected, youthful passion was present in broad strokes.

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