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Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 24th | 6 - 8 pm
Where: 570 Lexington Ave, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022
This Fall, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York MA in Contemporary Art curatorial course will be mounting a series of exhibitions at our campus in midtown Manhattan. You’re invited to the opening receptions for our student-curated exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition series.

This is America — On view October 22-29, 2018

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present This is America, a group exhibition including mixed media works from four contemporary artists; Justin D. Johnson, Marcarson, Chelsea Ramirez, and Azzah Sultan. The show is curated by Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Master of Art Business 2019 students David Hanlon, Meyhad Mozaffar, Sofia Ramirez, and Nadine Waitkins.

This is America will bring together four unique artists, whose works reflect the diversity of the country we live in, while showcasing the power behind art created by artists of color. Azzah Sultan addresses the issues surrounding her identity as a Muslim woman in her mixed-media work, touching on themes of identity and cultural struggles that she faces in her everyday life. Justin D. Johnson uses painting and sculpture to explore topics ranging from African/African-American history, mythology, and spirituality. Chelsea Ramirez’s “Touch” series uses postcards and poetry to experiment with gestural and charcoal manipulations. Marcarson creates works on large canvases that detail different themes of abstract thoughts via cultural references and texts. On a small scale, This is America will celebrate each artist and their works of art, while symbolically representing on a larger scale the beauty of the diversity in the United States.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public upon preliminary registration from 10 AM to 5 PM. RSVP to