“Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles” presents the game of domino in art

(New York, USA)

Believed to have been born in China in the 12th century, the game of domino is the theme of the group show “Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles”, which opened in the Hunter East Harlem Gallery in October last year. Very popular in the neighborhood of East Harlem, the ancient game is here used both as an aesthetic reference—the case, for example, of Hélio Oiticica or PIPA Prize 2010 nominee Erika Verzutti’s works being shown—and as a metaphor, capable of representing urgent and broad themes such as political struggles, religious beliefs, and racial stereotypes.

The work by Hélio Oiticica "Metaesquema Número 191", produced in 1958, is featured in the show

The work by Hélio Oiticica “Metaesquema Número 191”, produced in 1958, is featured in the show

Featuring works by over 19 artists from all over the world, the exhibition also presents a documentary section on dominoes, containing photographs and ephemera about the game, as well as a complementary public programming, with domino games, competitions, stacking, and talks to emphasize the community-building aspects of the game.

“Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles” is open to view until February 11th, 2017.

“Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles”, group show featuring José Bento, Papo Colo, Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker, Donald Evans, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Sarah Hotchkiss, Glendalys Medina, Hélio Oiticica, Rodolfo Peraza, Kenny Rivero, Betye Saar, Edra Soto & Dan Sullivan, Donald Sultan, Tafa, Ana Maria Tavares, Talwst, Erika Verzutti, Nari Ward, Lawrence Weiner
Curated by Arden Sherman

On view from October 13th to February 11h

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
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