Talk to the gallery guards at the Met and you may find many of them are artists. The Met they say is hiring artists with art degrees – and may even be helping guards get their MFAs. There are art shows of the artguards’s work.
They are one of the many art groups off NYC’s radar screen.
We’ve got to know one of them, Jose Muchaypina. Born in Lima, Peru, he earned his BFA degree from The College of New Jersey and MFA degree from The City College of New York (CUNY). Between degrees, he apprenticed at a metal foundry in New Jersey.
He has shown in New York City, California, and Japan. But like many of the MetArtistGuards, he shows in Harlem – anything but the rat race circuits of Chelsea, SOHO, the Bowery and Williamsburg. His current show combines minimalist geometric abstraction with the symbolism of pre-Columbian Peruvian art.
Inspired by the Met’s art in his day job, Jose, like many of his confreres, says: “I want to cut through the chatter and the busy fast-paced life in NYC. I do this by using a few but deliberately placed visual elements to create a composition.”
One way he, and they, can do that is to exhibit in restaurants and businesses. There are but a few days left to view his current show at the Boulevard Bistro, 239 Lenox Ave (corner of 122nd St), titled ‘Memory and Memorial’ – through January 31st. Catch it! And google him – there’s a lot going on here in his geometric transformations of the human body.