Cleveland Museum of Art
would host its MIX event on the first Friday of each month. With mass gatherings on hold, CMA has pivoted to a virtual MIX celebration. This week’s event, MIX: Viva, celebrates Latin culture and the CMA’s current exhibition, A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America
. It takes place from 8 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
The event will feature contemporary and classic Latin hits, party visuals, Afro-Caribbean dance lessons and a poetry reading inspired by a work in A Graphic Revolution. CMA has already created a Spotify playlist and a list of local Latinx-owned restaurants for ordering takeout, featuring the cuisine of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile and Puerto Rico, instructional dance videos from dance group Caribe Conexión.
MIX: Viva is part of CMA’s Home Is Where the Art Is initiative, which showcases the museum’s globally recognized digital resources and features a variety of newly created programs for people of all ages.
These sustainable digital experiences are continuing even though the museum has reopened.
For the upcoming virtual MIX event, DJ Cause & Effect will spin contemporary and classic Latin hits (salsa, bachata, merengue and reggae ton), and Texas-based artist Michael Menchaca, whose work is on view in A Graphic Revolution,
will present a selection of original party visuals. Menchaca’s video art combines imagery from video games with ancient Maya texts to explore Latinx identities in a contemporary landscape.
The event also features salsa and Afro-Caribbean dance basics with the dance group Caribe Conexión.
The night will begin with an original poetic response to artist Belkis Ayón’s print I Always Return that's on view in the exhibition. The reading will feature actor-poet Andrew Aaron Valdez.
You can join the party through Zoom for a chance to be featured in a live “dance cam” that will occur throughout the event; a link to join will be posted to cma.org/mix
and on the museum’s Facebook page
. You can also send an email (subject line: “MIX: Viva”) to [email protected]
to receive a link in your inbox.
Facebook Watch live on the CMA’s Facebook page from your smartphone, iPad or computer.
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