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When
June 13, 2017 to November 26, 2017

Where

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
at 103rd St
New York  New York  10029
United States
212-534-1672
Museum of the City of New York

Rhythm & Power | Salsa in New York


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.