Art & Cocktails Benefit: Nov 12, 2013

Jesus Chain in Raleigh, North Carolina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2011. ©Jared Soares
Jesus Chain in Raleigh, North Carolina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2011. © Jared Soares [Recipient of En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-2013]
En Foco’s Art & Cocktails Benefit is coming up on Tuesday, November 12, from 6-9pm at Dejavu Boutique in Midtown, NYC. This year’s honorees, are the incredible talents that are part of our Permanent Collection’s traveling exhibition curated by Elizabeth Ferrer:

Adál • Jaishri Abichandani • Max Aguilera Hellweg • Sama Alshaibi • Don Gregorio Antón • Chuy Benitez • Louis Carlos Bernal • Dawoud Bey • Charles Biasiny-Rivera • Terry Boddie • Samantha Box • Roger Cabán • Valdir Cruz •
Gerald Cyrus • Phil Dante • Ana de Orbegoso • Luis Delgado • Dean Dempsey • Lola Flash • Ricky Flores • Myra Greene • Muriel Hasbun • Germán Herrera • Kenro Izu • Nitza Luna • George Malave • Frank X. Méndez • Héctor Méndez Caratini • Stephen Marc • Rania Matar • Annu Palakunnathu Matthew • Larry McNeil • Groana Melendez • Tony Mendoza • Néstor Millán • Delilah Montoya • Pipo Nguyen-duy •Dulce Pinzón • Bonnie Portelance • Sophie Rivera • Juan Sánchez • Kunié Sugiura • Jane Tam • Hank Willis Thomas • Hong-An Truong • Kathy Vargas • Víctor Vázquez • Wendel White.

Many of the Collection’s artists will be in attendance, such as Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Delilah Montoya, Ricky Flores, Wendel White, George Malave, and many more. We hope you will come to help honor them!

We are also pleased to celebrate the launch of the exhibition’s book, En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, by offering a special pre-signed edition – available for the first time at the Benefit. Unsigned copies will be available online, at enfoco.org soon.

This fundraiser will raise money to support critical programs to benefit artists and our communities. Since we are a non-for-profit, your contribution goes directly towards offering exhibitions, producing Nueva Luz photographic journal, providing our artists with financial compensation for their work, and free workshops that help serve our community. The artists we exhibit in our Touring Gallery program are given a valuable opportunity to display their work in community spaces. This allows us to be a bridge between artistically underserved communities and talented artists from diverse cultures.

Some of our generous friends and fellow En Foco artists have donated their prints to be featured in our Silent Auction: Lola FlashFrank GimpayaGroana MelendezGeorge MalaveMiriam Romais, Jared Soares, Alex Morel, Pete Pin, Yijun Pixy Liao, Sonia Louise Davis. Other Items include: consultations with M.V. Swanson with her Publish Your Photography book ($300 value each); Dulce Pinzon’s signed “Superheros” book ($25 value); La Palapa Cocina Mexicana‘s famous brunch for four ($100 value); Gift Certificate to Zuppa & Guapo restaurants in Yonkers, General Art Framing ($100 value), Sueños Restaurant, and more!

Get your tickets today!

Or, if you’re unable to attend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal.  Your contribution to our Art & Cocktails Benefit is a great way to help us promote cultural diversity and social justice through photography. So come join us and help us help others.

Preview the Silent Auction Prints:

YONE, From Worldwide Underground: Global Hip-Hop series,  2000. © Noelle Theard
YONE, From Worldwide Underground: Global Hip-Hop series, 2000. © Noelle Théard  [published in Nueva Luz photographic journal, volume 16#3]
Lyric Book in Roanoke, Virgina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2008. ©Jared Soares [recipient of En Foco's New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-13]
Lyric Book in Roanoke, Virgina, From Small Town Hip Hop series, 2008. © Jared Soares [recipient of En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-13]
Nicole, DR, From Relaciones y Relatos/Relations and Tales series, 2005. ©Alex Morel
Nicole, DR, from Relaciones y Relatos/Relations and Tales series, 2005. © Alex Morel                      [postcard invitation cover image for En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibition of his work, 2012]
The Builder #12, From The Builder series, 2013. ©Rodrigo Valenzuela
The Builder #12, from The Builder series, 2013. © Rodrigo Valenzuela  [recipient of the New Works Photography Awards 2012-13]
World Trade Center 911 -WAR, from the WTC-Before, During and After 911 series, 2001. © George Malave
World Trade Center 911 -WAR, from the WTC-Before, During and After 911 series, 2001. © George Malave [one of the founding members of En Foco, exhibited as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibitions programs, 2006]
Untitled #22, From tracing(s) belonging(s) series,  2011. ©Sonia Louise Davis
Untitled #22, from tracing(s) belonging(s) series, 2011. © Sonia Louise Davis [exhibited as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibitions program, 2012]
Laura Daydreaming, Santo Domingo, R.D,  From Ni Agui, Ni Alla series, 2006. ©Groana Melendez
Laura Daydreaming, Santo Domingo, R.D., from Ni Aqui, Ni Alla series, 2006. © Groana Melendez  [in En Foco’s Permanent Collection, published in Nueva Luz volume 14#3, and exhibited as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Exhibitions program, 2010]

Doña Marta, Ni Aqui Ni Alla series, 2008. © Groana G. Melendez
Doña Marta, Ni Aqui Ni Alla series, 2008. © Groana G. Melendez

Untitled, From the Cambodian Diaspora series, 2011. ©Pete Pin
Untitled, from the Cambodian Diaspora series, 2011. © Pete Pin  [postcard invitation image for En Foco’s Touring Gallery exhibition of his work in 2013]
Play Station, From Experimental Relationships series, 2013. © Yijun Pixy Liao
Play Station, from Experimental Relationships series, 2013.  © Yijun Pixy Liao  [one of two postcard invitation cover images for New Works Photography Fellowship Awards 2012-13]
Rejoice ( Mural by Shrine), from PAINTED VOICES: Photographs of Mission Murals series, 2011. © Miriam Romais
Rejoice (Mural by Shrine), from PAINTED VOICES: Photographs of Mission Murals series, 2011. © Miriam Romais [ Executive Director of En Foco; published in Nueva Luz, Commemorative Issue, volume 7:2]
Lola Flash, Kinky D, 2003.
kinky d, from [sur]passing series, 2003. © Lola Flash  [published in Nueva Luz volume 11#1, in En Foco’s Permanent Collection and Nueva Luz Photographs: 1985-2011]
 Front of the House, From Midwest Filipino series, 2012. ©Daniel Ballesteros
Front of the House, from Midwest Filipino series, 2012. © Daniel Ballesteros  [recipient of the New Works Photography Awards Fellowship 2012-13]
Homage to Kertesz, 2012. © Frank Gimpaya
Homage to Kertesz, 2012. © Frank Gimpaya [member of En Foco’s Board of Directors; in Nueva Luz Photographs: 1985-2012; and Nueva Luz volume 1#3]

Ingres, from the Museum series, 2011. © Frank Gimpaya
Ingres, from the Museum series, 2011. © Frank Gimpaya
© Steve Cagan, Steel Mill, Cleveland's Flats, Industrial Hostages series, 1979
Steel Mill, Cleveland’s Flats, Industrial Hostages series, 1979. © Steve Cagan [Guest writer for Nueva Luz volume 15#3]

About our Hosts:

Founded in 2003, Dejavu “The House of Yang” began as a Boutique offering rare and unique pieces from elite dressmakers such as Cop Copine, Vivienne Westwood and some others designers from around the world. Curated with the modern woman in mind, its four stores today give access to the latest fashion news and forecasts for swift cultivation in the form of hand picked styles. 

Dejavu’s Upper East Side location was once an art gallery, owned by Andy Warhol during 1950’s to 1960’s. The second floor is now Dejavu’s showcase for new artists and painters mixing Fashion and Art bringing the best of your style.

Created by retail connoisseur Kai Yang, his vision for Dejavu aside from catering to clients with fashion’s latest trends,  is contributing to a woman’s eternal style. “Fashion isn’t only about trends or brands , it’s about developing your personal style and wearing what’s right for you.”

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