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Saturday 05/07/11 12PM-11:59PM
Sunday 05/08/11 12PM-10PM


Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

Renaissance! The Rebirth of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center

Cover Image:

Photo: Maria Gotay

This Puerto Rican/Latino/multicultural multiarts center, a 98,000 square-foot CBJ Snyder-designed former PS160, opens its doors to share progress on its massive renovation, with tours, open studios, and presentations by resident arts organizations. Support by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC & Company Foundation, New York State Department of Education.

Building Hours: 12 p.m.–12 a.m.

12:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.: Abrazo Gallery (2nd Floor)
Exhibition: Monstros
Pre-Colombian myths and legends mix with contemporary “monsters,” exploring Latino folklore and educate about its history. Works on paper, prints, paintings and multimedia by Jason Claudio, Margarita Gutierrez, Tenjin Ikeda, Leslie Jimenez, Antonio “Titanium” Montalvo, Christian “XIAN” Montalvo, Robert Nuñez, David Quiles, Wilson Ramos, Jr., Anuar Rosaldo, Miguel Trelles, Julio Valdez. Curated by Christian Montalvo.

3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.: Flamboyan Theater (1st Floor)
Multimedia: The Assassins chase Pinocchio
Immediate Medium’s adaptation of Collodi’s 1883 text is a psychedelic mash up of original music, projections, live video compositing, masks, found objects, and Italianate gibberish to render an immersive multimedia experience.

3:00 p.m.: Teatro SEA (1st Floor)
Play: Viva Pinocho! A Mexican Pinocchio!
The heart-warming retelling of the classic folktale by a young Mexican immigrant (Pinocchio) on his journey to understanding himself, his heritage, and embracing a new country. With artists talkback and reception.

7:00 p.m.: Cenacle (4th Floor)
Music: Linda Griggs
Sacred Harp Sing in honor of Marcia Tucker, founder of The New Museum

8:00 p.m.: Teatro LATEA (2nd Floor)
Play: La luz de un cigarrillo
Over the course of two evenings, mother and son, two estranged generations of Dominicans living in Manhattan, attempt to rekindle the love for each other but unexpected secrets threaten to destroy an already thin bond.

Open Studios

Miguel Trelles #303 (3rd Floor)

The Organization of Puerto Rican Artists, Inc. (O.P.Art) #309 (3rd Floor). Recent works by Everardus Bogardus, Giovanni Caravaggio, Pepe Villegas, Rafael Rosario-Laguna, Luis Carle, Peter Madero III.

Paul Clay, Studio #315 (3rd Floor). Past and recent artworks involving video, installation, and archival digital prints on paper and canvas.

Linda Byrne, Studio #402 (4th Floor). Sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting express the artist’s concerns over environmental issues and historic loss.

Chang-Jin, Studio #503 (5th Floor). Current and past projects including video pieces.

Bill Mutter, Studio #516 (5th Floor), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Large pastel drawings (up to eight feet tall) and life-size ceramic sculptures of people—mostly children—in Halloween costumes.

Categories: Food, Exhibition, For Kids, Performance, Tour
Participating Organizations: Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center

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