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Oscar de la Renta, Legendary Fashion Designer, Dies at 82

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died on Monday at the age of 82.

The cause of death was complications from cancer, his wife confirmed to The New York Times.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Annette de la Renta. The cause was complications from cancer. Though ill with cancer intermittently for close to eight years, Mr. de la Renta was resilient.

De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer during in 2006.

He was born, Óscar Arístides de la Renta Fiallo, July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. trained by Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo; he became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy.

At the age of 18 he left the Dominican Republic to study painting in Madrid, Spain, but decided instead to pursue fashion design. He eventually worked as an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga, a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house.

De la Renta was married twice. His fir…

Dominican Students in 1944

Title:Dominican Republic, Land of Plenty (Collection)Author:B. Anthony StewartYear:1944MediumPhotographySize:UnknownCollection:National Geographic MagazineDescription:National Geographic Magazine: February 1944, Vol. 85, No. 2: Dominican Republic, Land of Plenty: 11 Natural Color Photographs by B. Anthony Stewart

Rider Ureña: My girl on the floor

Title:My girl on the floorAuthor:Rider UreñaYear:UnknownMediumSilk Aquatint / Archival InkjetSize:UnknownCollection:PrivateDescription:"Rider Ureña describes his piece in a poem, as hauntingly beautiful and sensual as the piece itself. Inspired by the spellbinding beauty pictured in one of those fliers that litter his street promoting nights of ecstasy with voluptuous women, he searches for “my girl on the floor.” But finding the place is easier than finding the woman. Surprised at not finding her there, he imagines her as la cigüapa, the elusive mythical figure of Dominican folklore with feet that face backwards and whose footprints, therefore, lead men away from, rather than to her."

Moses Ros-Suárez: El Reggaeton del Bachatero

Title:Moses Ros-SuárezAuthor:El Reggaeton del BachateroYear:UnknownMediumEtching Aquatint / Chine ColléSize:UnknownCollection:PrivateDescription:"'Ambivalence,' says Moses Ros-Suárez, 'is the underlying sentiment that characterizes the Dominican experience of migration to the U.S.' Aquí y allá. Here and there, depicted in his triptych by the beehive and the island paradise, and the psychological split of a figure with two heads at the center of it all. But the piece also suggests that the bridge may be more than a metaphor, and the distance not that great, for the panels are united by the absence of the striking difference in color we might expect, even as Dominicans struggle with the decision about where to firmly plant their roots."

Yunior Chiqui Mendoza: Bananhattan

Title:BananhattanAuthor:Yunior Chiqui MendozaYear:UnknownMediumArchival Inkjet / SerigraphSize:UnknownCollection:PrivateDescription:"Some people won’t eat guineos unless they’re spotted ripe, and there must be something to that, because Chiqui Mendoza doesn’t paint them any other way: yellow, ripe, and spotted. So it isn’t surprising that Chiqui sees one when he looks at the subway map of Manhattan, and can’t help but note that WaHi/Inwood, the heart of the Dominican community, is located at precisely one of those juicy, dark spots. As any Dominican will tell you, to be aplatana’o is to be Dominicanized, and here the ubiquitous guide to the Big Apple is the basis for Bananhattan."

Carlos Almonte: Vale John

Title:Vale JohnAuthor:Carlos AlmonteYear:unknownMediumSerigraphSize:UnknownCollection:PrivateDescription:"Machete in hand, the Dominican campesino superhero stands defiantly in the middle of the yellow-lined road to the American Dream, a sliced green plantain at his feet, evoking memories of that real-life superhero Dominican who planted corn in the middle of Broadway so many years ago."

René de los Santos: Cigüita Cibaeña en New York

Title:Cigüita Cibaeña en New YorkAuthor:René de los SantosYear:UnknownMediumLinocut / SerigraphSize:UnknownCollection:Private

Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA

Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA is a printmaking collective of 12 artists of Dominican descent who live and work in and around New York City.

The artists of the collective are: Carlos Almonte, Pepe Coronado, René de los Santos, iliana emilia garcía, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Scherezade García, Alex Guerrero, Luanda Lozano, Miguel Luciano, Yunior Chiqui Mendoza, Moses Ros-Suárez, and Rider Ureña.

DYPG's first project, Manifestaciones, is a portfolio of 12 prints, one each by the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA member artists.

The works, which explore the individual artist’s perspective on the theme of Dominicanidad (Dominican identity, were created using a variety of printmaking techniques.

Iconic Dominican symbols such as the bohio, the plátano, and the palm tree; mythic figures and personages of mythic grandeur; flora and fauna; reveal the continuing influence of the culture of their country of birth or ancestry.

For more information, visit Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA…

Scherezade García: Day Dreaming

Title:Day Dreaming / Soñando despiertaAuthor:Scherezade GarcíaYear:UnknownMediumArchival Inkjet / SerigraphSize:UnknownCollection:Private

Latin American Architecture Exhibition at MoMA in 2015

Between March 29, 2015–July 12, 2015, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will host the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.

In 1955 The Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture since 1945, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s.

The exhibition will include parts of the historical and research material curated by the Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominicana for the Fair Concrete/La Feria Concreta, the inaugural exhibit of the Dominican Republic for the Biennale di Venezia.