Rhythm & Power

Salsa in New York

Opens June 14, 2017

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    Illuminating salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to today.

    The story of New York salsa—an up-tempo performance of percussive Latin music and Afro-Caribbean-infused dance— is one of cultural fusion, artistry, and skilled marketing. Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon. The exhibition also looks at the role of record companies and stores in supporting and promoting the movement, and salsa’s often-overlooked ties to activism in the city. Rhythm & Power features dance costumes and musical instruments from some of salsa’s leading figures, as well as audio and video that bring the sounds and movement of salsa to life.

     

    Selection of album covers from the collection of Pablo “Bongohead” Yglesias.
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