On Sunday, October 27th join performance artist Carmen Julia Hernandez for the second edition of Bronx Lab by participating in the performance “Global Exchange Day” Hernandez has surveyed the languages that small business owners and residents speak in the immediate community of The Bronx Museum of the Arts and will stage a performance where all Bronxites are welcome to participate. The workshop will begin with a brief tour of the exhibition Paulo Bruscky – Art is Our Last Hope and a prop-making workshop for the performance. Participants will learn and exchange short vocabulary lists in different languages and will be encouraged to have a short verbal exchange with a business owner or resident in the community who speaks the language they just learned. In addition, participants will help place 'Language Art Cards' in the neighborhood and will sit indesignated 'Language Exchange Circles’ promoting learning and exchange.
Carmen Julia Hernandez is a visual and performance artist living and working in the Bronx with roots in The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. She works as an educator in various museums in NYC, including The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo del Barrio. In addition, she is an art and Spanish language teacher. ‘Once upon a time, bilingual kids felt handicapped, not normal. My middle-school called the monolingual class ‘regular’ and we were separated by an entire floor! Everyone wanted to lose their accent, but now it’s sexy. Still there is so much for us to learn about one another and art is the universal language’. Hernandez’s multidisciplinary career is informed by these experiences and plays a central role in her work. She believes exchange is the primary element of global understanding.
Meet at 2pm on Sunday, October 27 in the North Wing Lobby of the Museum.
About Bronx Lab:
Bronx Lab is a test site for new ideas at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, engaging audiences in meaningful discussions about contemporary culture. Bronx Lab serves as a center axis connecting education and curatorial initiatives, exploring the past, present, and future of the Bronx. Using exhibitions, public programing, social media, as well as hands-on activities, participants in the Lab explore critical views of our borough’s culture.Inspired by the theme of Public Art, this year's series of Bronx Labs will celebrate and promote public art in the Bronx.