Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights at 104th and Fifth at El Museo Del Barrio
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This summer, El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York will present Uptown Bounce: Summer Nights @ 104th & Fifth, the first-ever joint series featuring musical performances, gallery talks, art-making workshops, breakdancing demos, renowned DJs, festive summer drinks, local food vendors, and more. Both museums, located next door to one another at 104th Street and Fifth Avenue, will offer free admission and extended hours.
July 30-Roots Uptown Bounce kicks off with a cultural rewind to where it all began! At El Museo del Barrio, stop by for a studio visit in the galleries and a conversation with folkorist Elena Martínez from City Lore, who will illustrate the connections between art and music. Famed Puerto Rican DJ duo D'Marquesina will be on deck spinning old school new school in El Café. Video projections by Erika Harrsh, Leo Castañeda and Geraldo Mercado as well as nightly sidewalk art by Murcielagos Fumando Collective will be featured. At the City Museum, groove to hip hop beats with DJ Tony Touch and Latin rhythms by congas player Chico Cruz on the terrace, then learn about graffiti's influence on hip-hop music through the City As Canvas exhibition.
Aug. 6-Throwback Go back in time to the 1980s in New York City! At El Museo del Barrio, hear artist Perla de Leon describe her experience photographing the Bronx in the 1980s. DJ duo D'Marquesina is back spinning throwback hits, and families can enjoy art-making inspired by El Barrio. Video projections by Erika Harrsh, Leo Castañeda and Geraldo Mercado as well as nightly sidewalk art by Murcielagos Fumando Collective will be featured. At the City Museum, celebrate the golden era of hip hop by dancing to classic tracks spun by DJ Grand Master Caz and watching the NBS (Nothing But Skills) Crew show off their breakdancing styles.
Aug. 13-The Remix Old school meets new school in the Uptown Bounce finale! At El Museo del Barrio, join a special birthday celebration of the Museum's founder Raphael Montañez Ortiz, who turned 80 years old this past spring, as he speaks about his work and the beginnings of El Museo. The talk will be in conversation with Chon Noriega, Director of Chicano Studies Director at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the spirit of Ortiz' 'destruction movement,' stick around and take your turn smashing a piñata commissioned from artist Melissa Calderon. Video projections by Erika Harrsh, Leo Castañeda and Geraldo Mercado as well as nightly sidewalk art by Murcielagos Fumando Collective will be featured. At the City Museum, join DJ Grand Master Caz on the terrace to sample classic hip hop beats and today's freshest tracks, while dancer the choreography king Kelly Peters presents his Generation X Hip Hop Dance Crew.
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