Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos

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El Museo del Barrio | 1230 Fifth Avenue

In collaboration with Creative Time and La Casa Azul Bookstore, El Museo del Barrio presents a roundtable discussion on themes in Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s latest artwork, Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos.

El Museo invites the public to discuss ideas around black joy, #blacklivesmatter, and other related themes in El Café. Performance artist Alicia Grullón and spoken word poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will join Professor Tanya Katerí Hernández, author of Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law, and the New Civil Rights Response in leading the public in a consideration of these topics. Everyone is invited to participate.

Participants are invited to a reception immediately following our discussion, 6 to 8 PM at La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E 103rd Street.

ABOUT Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos
Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos is a cycle of musical, dance and spoken word poetry performances that evoke “black joy” at the permeable boundary of northern Central Park. Invoking the history of Central Park, the legacy of hip-hop, the Great Migration, New Orleans ‘second line’ parades and contemporary racial politics, Marc Bamuthi Joseph has composed a vibrant and participatory performance that moves through the Park’s paths, congregating regularly under a parachute-turned-revival-tent for moments of intimate performance and celebration from 12:00-6:00pm every Friday and Saturday. The Harlem community is invited to salons and picnics around the artwork on the Great Hill lawn.

ABOUT Drifting in Daylight
Drifting in Daylight is a six-weekend public art exhibition of performative, participatory, and perceptual work by artists Spencer Finch, Alicia Framis, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, and Lauri Stallings + glo.

The piece will unfurl under a parachute on the Great Hill of Central Park on Fridays and Saturdays from May 15 to June 20 as part of Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park, a free public art exhibition co-presented by Creative Time and the Central Park Conservancy.

As the centerpiece of Central Park Conservancy’s 35th Anniversary celebration, this free public exhibition aims to draw visitors into the park’s beautiful north end, much of which has been expertly restored by the Conservancy.