New York, NY - On Tuesday evenings in June, Dia will present an outdoor series of diverse programs devised specifically for the Hispanic Society of America's Audubon Terrace at Broadway between 155th and 156th streets, New York City. By subway take number 1 train to 157th and Broadway. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended 212 293 5583. All programs are outdoors; visit www.diaart.org for inclement weather updates.
On Tuesday, June 3, 2008, from 11am-11pm, Francis Alÿs's Zócalo, 22 May 1999 (1999) will be screened, with a reception from 8-10pm. This twelve-hour video documents in real time the activity in Mexico City's Plaza de la Constitución, known as the Zócalo, a site of frequent civic demonstrations and protests. The video begins at dawn with the raising of the flag on the Zócalo's prominent central flagpole, surveys the sweeping movements of the pole's shadow and the patterns of movement of people within the massive plaza, and concludes at dusk, when the flag is brought back down. Within the context of Audubon Terrace's historic Beaux-Arts architecture and its role as a cultural and educational hub, this screening juxtaposes two diverging models of open urban spaces and their social uses.
On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at 7:30pm, Caroline Bergvall and Mario Diaz de León will present reading-performance My Chaucer. Splicing together present-day English with French, Middle English, Norse, lost Latin, and some altogether untraceable words, while quoting Emma Goldman, BBC communications, and other sources, Bergvall's contemporary tales feast on a strange, ill-assorted Euro-lingo. The rich palate of Chaucer's medieval Canterbury Tales is the active backdrop for pointed or humorous commentaries on today's corruptions, pleasures, and blind spots; meanwhile Diaz de León's music, abstractly evoking medieval and contemporary elements, supports and engages in its own dialogue with the text. Melodies are performed on 36-string zither and textural noise guitar. A screwed-up insectile funk and protest mood emerges from this offbeat carnival of songs.
On Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at 7:30pm, Israel Galván, who has been called the Nijinsky of flamenco, will perform his premier solo in the United States in the unique and intimate setting of the Hispanic Society's Audubon Terrace. Renowned for his unbridled originality and virtuosity, Galván updates classic flamenco, infusing it with a thoroughly unexpected contemporary twist and proffering a rare and illuminating experience.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at 8:30 pm, the video program Cosmopolitan Barcelona, selected shorts will be screened. This final event in the series examines the diversity of practices of a younger generation of artists working in video and based in Barcelona. Includes recent works by artists Mireia C. Saladrigues (b. Terrassa, 1978), Ignacio Uriarte (b. Krefeld, 1972), Carles Congost (b. 1970), and Julia Montilla (b. Barcelona, 1970), among others.
Funding Special thanks to the Hispanic Society and Eileen and Michael Cohen. This program is made possible by the Brown Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, and Erica and Joseph Samuels. Public funds were provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York City Councilmember Robert Jackson; and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Cosmopolitan Barcelona is generously supported by the Institute Ramon Llull, Barcelona.
Francis Alÿs was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1959. He studied architecture at the Institut d'Architecture de Tournai, Belgium, and the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia, Italy. He began to work as an artist in 1990 after moving to Mexico City and had his first one-person exhibition there in 1991. Major exhibitions of his work have been presented at such venues as Art Angel, London (2005); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, and touring (2004); and the Musée d'art contemporain, Avignon, France (2004). He participated in the Venice Biennial in 2007 and 2001 and the Carnegie International in 2004. Francis Alÿs, Fabiola (September 20, 2007-April 6, 2008) was the inaugural exhibition presented by Dia at the Hispanic Society. Alÿs lives and works in Mexico City and London.
The work of Caroline Bergvall, a London-based writer and poet, is frequently multilingual and mixed media. She has developed audioworks, visual textwork, net-based pieces, live and sited performances, both in Europe and in North America. Her latest collection of poetic and performance pieces is entitled FIG (Salt, 2005). Collaborations include the sound-text installation Say: "Parsley" at the Liverpool Biennial (2004), and forthcoming MuKha (Antwerp). She recently presented work at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007) as part of their Modern Poets series. Her critical work is concerned with mixed-media writings and multilingual poetics. She is the recipient of an AHRC Arts Fellowship in Britain (2007-2010).
Mario Diaz de León
Mario Diaz de León is a New York City-based composer and performer working in and around contemporary composition, noise improvisation, noise rock, and multimedia collaboration. His activities include composing chamber music for small ensembles with electronics, performing in the psychedelic improv unit Symbol, solo performance, and a decade-long collaboration with video artist Jay King. His discography includes three releases for the Shinkoyo label, and an upcoming CD on John Zorn's Tzadik label. He has performed and exhibited internationally, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in composition at Columbia University.
Born into flamenco, Israel Galván grew up learning from and dancing with his father, José Galvan, and his mother, Eugenia de los Reyes. In 1994 he joined the Compañia Andaluza de Danza directed by Mario Maya, and over the next decade won nearly every top flamenco prize, including the Giradillo prize at Seville's flamenco biennial and the Flamenco Hoy critics' award for best dancer of the year, which he received in both 2001 and 2005. In 1998 he formed his own company to create his first work Mira Los Zapatos Rojos. Since then, Galván has created increasingly risky works, such as Metamorphosis (his version of Kafka's novel), the dramatic and surprising Arena (based on bull fighting), and Tabula Rasa, which turns over the canon to offer a conceptualist and baroque flamenco. Galván has collaborated with both classic flamenco artists, including Fernando Terremoto, Inés Bacan, as well as contemporary flamenco innovators, including Enrique Morente, Gerardo Núñez, Miguel Poveda, Diego Carrasco, Diego Amador, and Alfredo Lagos.
The Hispanic Society of America
Founded in 1904, The Hispanic Society of America is dedicated to the presentation and study of Hispanic culture. The collection is unparalleled outside of the Iberian Peninsula, and provides deep insight into the culture and art of Spain, as well as significant representation from Portugal and Latin America. Since 1908, the Society has been housed on Audubon Terrace between 155 and 156 Streets in Manhattan, in the Beaux-Arts complex that includes buildings by architects Charles Pratt Huntington, Stanford White, and Cass Gilbert. Comprising both library and museum, the Society has a diverse collection of paintings, decorative arts, books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and photographs, dating from the second millennium B.C. through the twentieth century, and is open to the public free of charge. For additional public information, visit www.hispanicsociety.org.
Dia Art Foundation
A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects. Dia presents public programs and its permanent collection of works from the 1960s through the present at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. In the fall of 2007 Dia initiated a partnership with The Hispanic Society of America, where Dia presents commissions and projects by contemporary artists within the Society's galleries while seeking a permanent home for these initiatives in New York City. Additionally, Dia Art Foundation maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and in Bridgehampton on Long Island. For additional public information, visit www.diaart.org.
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