M. TONY PERALTA’S "ROLOS & ICONS"

Some people go to art events to solely support the artist or gallery at hand, some people for the complimentary drinks, but me? I go to be moved.  M. Tony Peralta’s Rolos & Icons stands for much more than just popular Latina figures in colorful hair accessories. It is a humanizing movement meant to reimagine feminine standards, but more importantly cultivate likeness in the reflections of these grandiose, culture-shaking women.  Celia Cruz is no longer the sugary Afro-Latina who I used to spend long afternoons with accompanied by my grandparents. Now she’s the Afro-Cuban singer with just as much soul as I feel after dancing “Usted Abuso” before galletas con guayaba with my mother.  Thanks to exhibits like this and that of The New York Botanical Garden, Frida Kahlo is no longer the Mexican artist best known for painting herself abstractly. Now she’s the Mexican artist who paints herself because it is how she copes with being both physically impaled during a freak accident, and being emotionally impaled by her mistreating, visionary lover.  I am Celia Cruz.  I am Frida Kahlo.  I am Linda Carter.  I am even Dora The Explorer. I am a powerful Latina with an ardor to make a dent in my culture. Are you? Me in my cornrows and Frida Con Rolos tee at Afro Punk Brooklyn, August 2015 Rolos & Icons at 103 Allen Street on the Lower East Side from Thursday, October 29 through Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Some people go to art events to solely support the artist or gallery at hand, some people for the complimentary drinks, but me? I go to be moved. 

M. Tony Peralta’s "Rolos & Icons" stands for much more than just popular Latina figures in colorful hair accessories. It is a humanizing movement meant to reimagine feminine standards, but more importantly cultivate likeness in the reflections of these grandiose, culture-shaking women. 

Celia Cruz is no longer the sugary Afro-Latina who I used to spend long afternoons with accompanied by my grandparents. Now she’s the Afro-Cuban singer with just as much soul as I feel after dancing “Usted Abuso” before galletas con guayaba with my mother. 

Thanks to exhibits like this and that of The New York Botanical Garden, Frida Kahlo is no longer the Mexican artist best known for painting herself abstractly. Now she’s the Mexican artist who paints herself because it is how she copes with being both physically impaled during a freak accident, and being emotionally impaled by her mistreating, visionary lover. 

I am Celia Cruz. 

I am Frida Kahlo. 

I am Linda Carter. 

I am even Dora The Explorer.

I am a powerful Latina with an ardor to make a dent in my culture. Are you?

 

Rolos & Icons at 103 Allen Street on the Lower East Side from Thursday, October 29 through Wednesday, November 4, 2015.