Celebrate the final weeks of ESTAMOS BIEN, El Museo’s critically acclaimed inaugural triennial exhibition, with an afternoon of performative actions by participating artists Yelaine Rodriguez and Carolina Caycedo. Staged across various sites and held both indoors and outside of El Museo, both artists invite the public to take part in experiences that expand upon their artworks presented in the exhibition. Las Galerías will also remain open until 6pm.
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Installation and Performance
Oshun Orisha of Fertility: Help us Birth Generations of Revolutionary Womxn
4:00 PM | El Museo’s Courtyard and El Teatro
Rodriguez brings her photograph of Oshun Orisha of Fertility: Help us Birth Generations of Revolutionary Womxn to life with an immersive experience dedicated to the Afro-diasporic deity. Throughout the day, a multimedia presentation will be open for viewing in El Museo’s El Teatro, which will be activated by a procession of dancers and musicians at 4pm.
(ALL DAY) The installation Oshun Orisha of Fertility: Help us Birth Generations of Revolutionary Womxn will be open for viewing in El Museo’s El Teatro from Friday, September 17th through Sunday September 19th.
Altar and Sunset Vigil Performance
LOS QUE MUEREN POR LA VIDA, NO PUEDEN LLAMARSE MUERTOS!
6:00 PM | 104th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue
Caycedo will host LOS QUE MUEREN POR LA VIDA, NO PUEDEN LLAMARSE MUERTOS!, a vigil and rally in the context of the installation Genealogy of Struggle. Hosted in collaboration with The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, the vigil honors fallen environmentalists across the world, offering a space to build historical environmental memory and prompting healing justice for those on the frontlines. An altar made with colorful votive candles and other natural offerings will be installed on 104th street between Madison and 5th Avenues, and will be lit at sunset in an act of coming together, with live music to honor the lives and sow the seeds of the fallen.
(ALL DAY) Participants are invited to contribute a ‘Pagamento’ or payback to the altar, as a gesture of reciprocity towards our common planet house. Pagamentos are welcome in the form of any natural entity such as soil, water, seed, compost, clay, flowers, herbs, fruits, minerals, stones, wood, fibers, or anything hand made with these components (please avoid animal, chemical, and plastic). After the event, the collective pagamento built during the vigil will be used to nurture the soil for a memorial tree, which will be planted in East Harlem.
El Museo Health & Safety Guidelines (as of 09/01/2021)
To ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff, we ask that face coverings be used during all events (indoor and outdoor), and to adhere to social distancing whenever possible.
In addition, in compliance with the New York City mandate, all visitors 12 years of age and older must show 1) Proof of Vaccination against COVID-19 (at least one dose): NYC COVID Safe app; NYS Excelsior Pass; NYC Vaccination Record; or an official immunization record from outside NYC or the U.S.; and 2) Valid Identification: Driver’s license; Government I.D. card; IDNYC card; Passport; or School I.D. card.
About the Artists
Carolina Caycedo is a multidisciplinary artist known for her performances, video, artist’s books, sculptures, and installations that examine environmental and social issues. Her work contributes to the construction of environmental historical memory, as a fundamental element for non-repetition of violence against human and non-human entities. Caycedo is a 2021-2022 Latinx Artist Fellow, and a 2020-2022 Borderlands Fellow at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
Yelaine Rodriguez is an Afro-Dominican United Statesian artist, educator, curator, and cultural organizer who lives and works in the Bronx, where she was born. She received a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from The New School (2013) and an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Museum Studies from New York University (2021). Rodriguez conceptualizes wearable art and site-specific installations, drawing connections between Black cultures in the Caribbean and the United States through wearables, video installations, performance, and photography. Her interfaith and inter-country narratives examine identity and race.