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September 7, 2006

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library Hosts ‘The Artistry of Dominican Carnival: A Multimedia Exhibition,’

NEW YORK, September 7, 2006 – An opening reception for the multimedia exhibit  “The Artistry of Dominican Carnival” will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 14 in the City College Archives Gallery, Cohen Library, 5th Floor.  The exhibit is organized by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library, the Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation, the City College Library and the Presidential Council for Dominicans Abroad.

The exhibition features a radiant display of traditional masks and costumes typically used during carnival in different provinces of the Dominican Republic, but created for Dominican carnival in the United States. The materials, which feature vibrant tropical colors, were designed by children and young adults from Washington Heights.  They were supervised by a crew of dedicated individuals from the Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation who are committed to sharing Dominican culture and its customs with the community. 

The opening reception will feature a carnival dance with the masked devils (Lechones). The exhibition will be on view in the City College Archives Gallery 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. September 11 through November 10, 2006, Monday-Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibition, please call the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at (212) 650-7170 or the Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation at (212) 740-6806.  City College is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan.

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