Venezuelan Cultural Festival

Sunday, Oct 06, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us Sunday, October 6, for a celebration of Venezuelan culture! CMA is providing performances and interactive workshops inspired by Venezuela. Story Time takes place at 11 am featuring books by Venezuelan authors read by Ana Carmela Ramirez. Interactive performances and workshops with Ana Carmela Ramirez, Juan Diego, and Gabriel Gchakarji will take place at 12 pm and 2 pm. They will be sharing musical styles of Venezuela on keyboard, drums, and the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Venezuela include:

Gradient Pulls inspired by Luz Carabaño in Fine Arts: A “gradient” is when one color blends seamlessly into another color. In between the two colors is the hue that’s made when those two colors are mixed. Luz Carabaño often uses gradients as the background to her paintings. With Luz as our inspiration, we’ll be making gradients of our own by using colored inks and a squeegee to blend them together on a paper. Try out your favorite color combination! 

Magazine Page Paintings inspired by Arturo Herrera in Fine Arts: When was the last time you painted on something that wasn’t a blank piece of paper or canvas? Sometimes, painting on a printed surface can lead to interesting and unexpected results. In this workshop, we’ll be creating tape resist paintings on magazine pages inspired by the work of Arturo Herrera. Lay down strips of tape, paint on shapes of color, then peel off the tape after it’s dry to reveal the juxtaposed images underneath. What will your finished piece look like?

Skiagraphy Sculptures inspired by Gego in the Gallery: Gego is a contemporary Venezuelan artist that creates linear, open sculptures that resemble 3D line drawings. To mimic this process, we’ll use wire, straws, and upcycled materials to create sculptures that resemble line drawings. Next, we can use light to cast the shadow of the sculpture against the wall so it becomes a collaborative composition!

Hermann Mejía Sculptures at the Clay Bar: Hermann Mejía is a Caracas-born artist who specializes in beautiful color blends, cartoon-like sculptures, and illustrations for publications such as MAD Magazine. His sculpture work is highly expressive and utilizes detailed faces and exaggerated proportion. Today at Clay Bar, we will use his work as inspiration for our own characters!

Valle Cocodrilo in the Media Lab: Inspired by a short film by Venezuelan artist Leticia Patrizi, explore storytelling with shadow puppets. Using just a light table and paper, what stories can you tell? Join us for this special workshop using one of the oldest forms of the moving image!

Joropo Party Music in the Sound Booth: The Joropo is a Venezuelan staple involving harp, guitar, and maracas and is usually accompanied by dancing and singing. It most directly translates to “party” or “dance.” Originating in Venezuelan territory, this musical style has African, Native South American, and European influences. Joropo is considered a folk music and often happens in the streets or in public. What kind of party music can we make using Joropo music as an influence?

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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