Join in a celebration of the life and work of artist Guadalupe Valero O’Farrill with Lupe’s Lounge (I love you 4).* A select series of her paintings will be on view and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform along with special guests as well as friends and family will share memories and thoughts about her inspirational life.
6:00pm - 7:00pm Kids activity table and gallery tours
7:30pm Performances begin
Guadalupe “Lupita” Valero O'Farrill was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929. Her parents were originally from Mexico and brought her back there with them as a young girl. It was at this time that her singing talent was discovered. She began performing as a vocal prodigy, touring Mexico and the American South West.
For a brief time in her career, she lived in Los Angeles where she met and married the love of her life, Afro Cuban Jazz pioneer and composer, Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill. She began to sing with his orchestra and they toured together throughout the Americas.
Chico and Lupe lived between Havana and Mexico City for many years. Their children Georgina and Arturo were born in Mexico City on the cusp of the Cuban Revolution. Several years later, the O’Farrill’s moved to New York City taking up residence at 574 West End Avenue, a corner which the city has since renamed Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill Place.
During this period Lupe began her visual arts practice, creating abstract oil paintings and mixed media works. Also around this time, Lupe and Chico would up their home regularly to local musicians and artists to meet-up, eat, drink and socialize - a tradition she continued throughout her life. Lupe’s Lounge (I love you 4)* is an homage to her generosity, creativity, loving spirit, and artistic community-building way of life.
*”I love you 4” is something that Lupe would say if you told her, “I love 2.” Her affection for those she loved was so great, she could not just say, “love you 2."