Z is for Zigzag: Directions around Northern Manhattan

Z IS FOR ZIGZAG: Directions Around Northern Manhattan
October 1, 2016 - August 27 2017

Explore the ideas of community, history, and home, in our group show, that featured site specific installations by local artists Lucia Hierro, Robert Pruitt, Freddy Rodriguez, and Fernando Tamburini. A platform for presenting intersecting perspectives across the Museum’s immediate community of Northern Manhattan, Z is for Zigzag, presented visual narratives that employed bold patterns, shapes, colors and unrestricted lines that immersed visitors in a series of unpredictable landscapes and encouraged our children to imagine a familiar setting in endless ways.


Lucia Hierro is a Dominican American conceptual artist born and raised in New York City, Washington Heights/Inwood, currently working in the Bronx. She received a BFA from SUNY Purchase (2010) and an MFA from Yale School of Art (2013). She has exhibited in group shows at the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance in Washington Heights, Neuberger museum, the N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Brooklyn, NY and Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Robert A. Pruitt makes drawings and sculptures about the complexity of black identity by combining contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics. He layers Science Fiction, Hip Hop, comic books, and black political and social struggles into layered portraits of his friends and community. Robert has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Studio Museum Harlem, the 2006 Whitney Biennial and various other museums and artists spaces. He is also a founding member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates.

Freddy Rodríguez was born in the Dominican Republic and based in New York City since 1963. Freddy studied painting at The New School. His work has been exhibited abroad and nationally at The Jersey City Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the CUE Foundation.  His work has been collected by The  Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Queens Museum, andMuseo de Las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And in 2006 Freddy was commissioned by the City of New York to design the memorial to victims of American Airlines Flight 587 crash.

Fernando Tamburini Fernando Tamburini was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic and graduated from the Altos de Chavón School of Design. He moved to New York City in 1987. He has exhibited his paintings, prints, sculptures and installations in such venues as The Paterson Museum and Yeshiva University Museum. Fernando has participated in international exhibitions including the First International Encounter of Small Format Printmaking, Nouveau Foundation of Contemporary Artand returned to the Dominican Republic in 1997 where he served as the director of the Altos de Chavón Gallery.