Sunday, June 18

Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York

"The story of New York salsa—an up-tempo performance of percussive Latin music and Afro-Caribbean-infused dance—is one of cultural fusion, artistry, and skilled marketing. Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon. The exhibition also looks at the role of record companies and stores in supporting and promoting the movement, and salsa’s often-overlooked ties to activism in the city. Rhythm & Power features dance costumes and musical instruments from some of salsa’s leading figures, as well as audio and video that bring the sounds and movement of salsa to life."
Museum of the City of New York: Illuminating salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to today.
A Visual History of Salsa in New York
NY Times - ‘Rhythm & Power’: A Little Bling, a Little Politics, a Lot of Salsa
NY Post: How New Yorkers’ obsession with Cuba gave rise to salsa

2011 December: The History of Salsa From Africa to New York, 2012 April: Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy - Robert Farris Thompson, 2014 October: Fania at Fifty, 2016 April: History of Salsa Dancing!