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Sun, Sep 17, 2017 2:00pm –


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

When the People Dance: Salsa, Power, and Performance in New York City

Image: Marlis Momber, La Banda jam session in empty lot, 1986; Hazel Hankin, Eddie Torres and Melissa Rosado performing at SOBs, 2010; Robert Iulo, Central Park, 1976

A fusion of mambo steps with street styles, salsa dancing emerged in the nightclubs of New York City in the 1960s where at first it wasn’t formally taught but absorbed. Salsa has since grown from a local movement played out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon that has irrevocably shaped the rhythms and culture of New York City. Inspired by our current exhibition, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York (on view through November 26), join leading scholars to examine salsa today as both a cultural and commercial production, and delve into the inseparable links that exist between music and dance.

Musical performance by OLA FRESCA, exhibition viewing, and reception to follow.