Event Recap: Carmen Herrera Cocktails & Conversation @PublicolorNYC @MMViverito @The100YearsShow

On July 27, 2017,  Publicolor founder Ruth Lande Shuman welcomed guests at herhome in celebration of Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera. A mural by the 102-year old artist was recently painted by Publicolor students at New York’s public school MS 244 (New School for Leadership and Arts) in the Bronx.

Carmen Herrera Drawing Of Artwork

The art project was part of Publicolor’s mission to engage high-risk, low-income students, ages 12-24, in a continuum of intensive, design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, college preparation, job readiness, and community service.
Ms. Shuman articulated the importance of extending art-making practices into the lives of underprivileged children who otherwise would not enjoy the enriching joy art can engender. She said,

“Our goal is to bring the power of visual beauty to communities who experience little of it.”

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke on the significance of bringing art to all communities, including her own in the Bronx. The Whitney Museum of American Art, which recently exhibited Herrera’s work, sent curator Jennie Goldstein to speak on Carmen’s late acceptance as a major figure in both abstraction and minimalism. Tony Bechara spoke about his personal appreciation of Herrera, an artist whose fame only recently reached its zenith.

Publicolor Founder Ruth Lande Shuman, NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Whitney Museum of American Art Curator Jennie Goldstein

Elizabeth Jacoby and Beverly Schreiber

Christine Goppel, Guest

Guest and Juan José Herrera de la Muela

Kate Ballen, Lidia Guibert Ferrara

Layla Diba, Ana Real

Maria Eugenia Maury and Bill Haseltine

Monica Espinel, Whitney Museum of American Art Curator Jennie Goldstein

Monika McLennan and Tony Bechara

Pascale Richard, Bénédicte de Montlaur, Chus Burés

Thomas Knapp, Laura Pels, Publicolor Founder Ruth Lande Shuman

Tom Krizmanic, Jon Otis

Whitney Wolfe, Jessica Garza-Bueron

Zulema Arroyo, Nick Farley


Guests included: Frederick C. Anderson; Zulema Arroyo; Jeffrey Banks; Janna Bullock; Chus Burés; Bénédicte de Montlaur; Layla Diba; Adriana Echavarria; Nichoals Farley; William Haseltine and his wife María Eugenia Maury; Laura Pels; Gaetano Pesce; Pascale Richard, and Kathleen Elizabeth Springhorn.


While Herrera was not able to attend, she did remark:

“My two great loves, education and art. They have enriched my long life. Having students paint this mural in a school, that’s a beautiful thing.

A first mural and a first piece permanently in a school. I consider it a great honor to have been asked by Publicolor and I am so pleased with the results. My thanks to every student who has participated in this project as you have given me joy.”   


Photos by: Robert Vinci

About Publicolor:

Publicolor is a long-term youth development program that engages high-risk students in their education throughout the year with a continuum of design-based programs that mentor them for success in college, career and life.

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