Produced by El Museo del Barrio and curated by Elvis Fuentes, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella, and Juanita Bermúdez
Times Square Performances
Duffy Square & Broadway Plazas between 46-47th Streets
New York, NY 10036
Thursday July 14, 2011
1-2pm & 4-8pm
El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio's sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year's edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in seven different venues. Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress. Curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Trinidad Fombella, and Elvis Fuentes.
El Museo del Barrio’s sixth biennial features the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year’s edition takes on a broad exploration of the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street. The exhibition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists at seven venues.
The art performed here deals with the idea of the street as a square. Throughout the world, in small cities and large, the square is the place where things happen—Social encounters, political events, and economic exchanges are part of the everyday life. . . This group of artists illustrates these varied encounters—public and private, intense and tranquil, personal and universal—as they suggest that the social fabric of the city street is perhaps most intimately seen in a square setting, even one of the scale of Times Square.
The (S) Files 2011 at Times Square will feature performances by artists Ryan Roa, Irvin Morazán, Rafael Sánchez / Kathleen White and nicoykatiushka (NyK). Roa will install his "Beach Truck Times Square" inviting interested participants to climb in the sand-filled back of a Ford F-150 truck and have their picture taken in a beach chair, accompanied by sounds of the ocean. Irvin Morazan will drive a low-rider into the Broadway Plaza for "Performance in the Center of the World." Wearing his sculpture, Ghettoblaster Headdress, he will preside over a celebratory dance by NYC Hip Hop dancers. Rafael Sánchez and Kathleen White will pop-up their flat 10-foot tall monument in canvas called "Somewhat Portable Dolmen." Standing on a large block ice during the performance of "Melt", the artist collaborative, nicoykatiushka (NyK), will kiss as the ice melts away.
El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011, is its sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. The exhibition of 75 artists runs through January 8, 2012 at the El Museo del Barrio located on 5th Avenue at 104th Street. For details, visit www.elmuseo.org.
El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is made possible by The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, Bloomberg, with additional support provided by The Greenwall Foundation and Ford Motor Company.