Student Spotlight: Nicholas Samuel Heskes
The Student Spotlight series aims to highlight the work of current MFA students, asking them to share thoughts on their practice by answering curated and peer-submitted questions. Nicholas Samuel Heskes is a student in the Visual Arts Program.
What themes or subjects are you currently addressing in your work?
In commemoration of El Diario/La Prensa's 100th Anniversary, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, officially announce a partnership with the newspaper to acquire the publication's photo collection for digitation, indexing, preservation, and inclusion in the library's Latino Arts and Activism Collection. As part of the partnership, Columbia and El Diario/La Prensa will launch four exhibitions at satellite locations throughout the city including, the King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University, Hostos Community College, CSER headquarters at Columbia University, and the Russ Berrie Medical Pavilion and Mary Lasker Building at Columbia University’s Medical Center organized by the university’s Office of Community Outreach and Education in the School of the Arts. Each venue will showcase a curated selection of photographic reproductions, newspaper articles, and front pages, thematically designed to highlight Latino social, cultural, economic, and political growth in New York City as seen through the pages of El Diario/La Prensa.
In The Headlines: Latino New Yorkers 1980-2001 is presented in partnership with El Diario/La Prensa, Columbia University’s Center for the Studies of Ethnicity and Race (CSER); the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Columbia University; Columbia’s School of the Arts and its Office of Community Outreach and Education; the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University; and Hostos Community College, with collaboration from El Museo del Barrio, and Bronx Council on the Arts. WNYC New York Public Radio is the proud Media Sponsor.
This exhibition is part of the series built environments, a curatorial initiative conceived by Columbia University’s Office of Community Outreach and Education in the School of the Arts to engage contemporary issues in fine art concerning aesthetics, value, difference and public space. As a term, built environments functions as a framing and rhetorical device to capture the ambition and goal of every artist. The term is also presented as a way to think about the sustainability of exhibition contexts that extend beyond the confines of the white cube gallery or museum space. And most directly related to the fields of architecture and urban planning within which the concept emerged, built environments marks the project’s location in Northern Manhattan and its exploration of alternative fine art exhibition north of 96th Street.
Please note that an evening Opening Reception for both exhibitions is slated for later this fall.