Friday, May 31 at 6pm
Saturday, June 1 at 4pm
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is hosting its 23rd annual building-wide Visual & Performing Arts event, Open Doors Open Studios, on Friday, May 31st from 6:00 – 9:00pm and Saturday, June 1st from 4:00 – 8:00pm. This year’s event will feature five floors of visual and performance art plus theater, film, dance and musical events. All events are FREE and open to the public.
The Clemente stands as a compliment and bridge to the current development of the Lower East Side, housed in the beautiful, former PS 160 designed in 1897 by Charles B. J. Snyder in the Dutch neo-gothic style. The public is invited to come explore this culturally diverse representation of the community which houses 11 visual and performing arts organizations and over 46 visual artists’ studios.
In conjunction with the Open Doors Open Studios weekend, Public Spaces Open Studios 2019 (PSOS19) is exhibiting site-specific work in 15 public spaces throughout the building, on view from May 31st through June 30th, 2019 by appointment. Guest artists invited by residents work will appear in hallways.
Performance art and video
Friday, May 31, 6-9pm Brian Whiteley, 3-channel video “Stacy”
Saturday, June 1, 4-8pm Eric Gottshall. Ventiko presents Geraldo Mercado, Shawn Escarciga and others.
Abrazo & LES Galleries
In addition, Freight + Volume Gallery and a local not for profit gallery (TBA) were invited to exhibit large format works/installations in the Abrazo Gallery and the LES Gallery from May 31st through June 29th.
A series of performances ranging from Jazz to Capoeira to Dance, produced by Clemente resident organizations, will take place in the Flamboyan Theater, on Saturday, June 1 beginning with children’s performances at 3:00pm and the main program running from 4:00-8:00pm.
3pm Visionary Youth Orchestra (15 youth) directed by Melanie Dyers, Jeff Lederer, Kyoko Kitamurra
3:30 The Children of Afro Brazil Arts Mindful Capoeira Academy
4:15 William Parker and the Children’s Bird Orchestra
5pm Salome James voice and piano Jazz
5:30 Natalia deCampos, performance art TBD
6:00 “I am Julia”. Director David Capurso, Producers: FELT Theater and Carrere International Film, filmed entirely at the Clemente. 20 mins followed by Q&A
6:30 The Teens & teachers of Afro Brazil Arts Mindful Capoeira (perform the music, moves and “game” created by Africans in Brazil disguising self-defense in dance with songs in Portuguese and music on traditional instruments.)
7:00 Revolution Resurrection Patricia Nicholson-dance text|Bill Mazza- live video painting|Jason Kao Hwang-violin|TA Thompson-drums TBD
7:30 William Parker and The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra TBD