BESTIARIO/MENAGERIE opening reception

Opening Reception — Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Closing Reception January 28, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On view from January 7 — 28, 2017

Bestiario, from Spanish, can be roughly translated into "a collection or grouping of beasts."

Similarly, a menagerie, a Gallicism, is typically imagined as a collection of savage, diverse creatures —traditionally transplanted, extracted, in solitary captivity or placed alongside unlikely counterparts in a strange or artificial environment. 

In Bestiario/Menagerie, the Adobe Books Gallery's white cube acts like a diorama for a wild collection of artworks —bodies, entities, and environmental modules imitating, and punning, the menageries of old. 

Bestiario/Menagerie showcases art by artists based in San Juan, New York City, and San Francisco, invoking a unique assemblage of works that stimulates the imagination and connects the work of the selected artists, each referencing topics like fantastic creatures, a variety of mythos, anatomy, and terrestrial phenomena.

Exhibiting artists include: Mónica Félix (NYC), Fernando Pintado (NYC), Marcela Pardo Ariza (SF), Mya Pagán (SJ), Rafael Miranda-Matei (SJ), Sebastián Álvarez (SF), Paula Morales (SF), Santiago Insignares (SF), María Guzmán-Capron (SF), Lionel Cruet (NYC), and Abdiel Segarra-Ríos (SJ/Madrid, Spain).

The exhibition is curated by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción, San Francisco-based independent curator graduate from California College of the Arts and founder of Cranium Corporation, a platform for fostering dialogue about the work of contemporary artists and exhibitions.