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MCNY and El Museo del Barrio Team Up for “Uptown Bounce”

Beginning July 30, the Museum of the City of New York is teaming up with El Museo del Barrio for “Uptown Bounce.” The event complements the exhibitions being held Uptown: MCNY’s “City As Canvas” (on view through Sunday, September 21), the first exhibition of New York graffiti art from the Martin Wong Collection; El Museo del Barrio’s Museum Starter Kit: “Open With Care” (on view through Saturday, September 6), celebrating the their 45th anniversary through an exploration of El Museo’s unusual founding. The event solicits community participation to invent new museums.


Beginning with the “Roots” celebration, both institutions will be holding a block party set to have the city bumpin.’ Here’s what you can expect when you attend the Upper East Side party:

Featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and local food. At the City Museum, groove to hip hop beats with DJ Tony Touch and Latin rhythms by congas player Chico Cruz on the terrace, then learn about graffiti’s influence on hip hop through our City As Canvas exhibition. At El Museo del Barrio, stop by for a studio visit in our galleries and a conversation with folkorist Elena Martínez from City Lore. Famed Puerto Rican DJ duo D’Marquesina will spin old school new school in El Café…

Here are some words from each museum’s director on the new party set to hit New York’s uptown streets:

“It wouldn’t be summertime in New York without a block party. New Yorkers have a long tradition of bringing the party to the streets, and we’re thrilled to partner with our neighbors at El Museo del Barrio to build on this history. This is a great opportunity for New Yorkers and visitors alike to check out the culture at the northern tip of Museum Mile,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, the Ronay Menschel Director of the City Museum.

“We’re adding a little bounce to our step uptown, and we’re inviting all New Yorkers to feel the rhythm. Like a good dance couple, the City Museum and El Museo are partnering to have more fun and more offerings—together. We are proud to have such good friends and neighbors next door,” said Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio.

Admission for this jammie jam if $Free.99 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, so you’ve got no excuse unless you’ve got no pulse. However, you will need to register, which you can do so HERE. The festivities are open to all ages, and if you miss out next week you can make the August 6 or August 13 dates.


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