Cuchifritos' mission: to act as a forum for exploring fundamental ideas, issues and concerns in contemporary art, to highlight the work of underrepresented artists, and to make a connection with the local community of the Lower East Side through the medium of contemporary art.
Cuchifritos operates by inviting independent curators to submit proposals. In addition, anyone wishing to submit a proposal may do so by following the submission policy and guidelines linked below. Each Spring a curatorial advisory committee composed of curators and arts professionals from diverse backgrounds choose exhibits from the submissions.
Cuchifritos presents contemporary art exhibits featuring the work of emerging or under represented artists, and exhibits involving a clear conceptual theme structured to put the work of these artists in context.
The gallery's location is designed to underscore the community value of The Essex Street Market by provoking interaction and debate between the multi-cultural local community and the artwork presented.
Noah Chasin of Time Out New York commented:
"In the end, it is the experience of being in Cuchifritos itself ... The diminutive space abuts the southern end of the market, where local pundits convene to gossip and feast. Their strident voices permeate the expected sanctity of the gallery whose doors open onto this modern agora, making clear the vital connection between art and life."
Cuchifritos creates a chance for real interaction between contemporary art and local community.