Public Art Unveiling + Performance : Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk)
Sunday, June 30, 2019
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
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Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk) by Karl Orozco is a sculptural mosaic of the oldest hospital complex and orphanage in the Americas located in Guadalajara, Mexico. Hospicio Cabañas was a playable stage in the 1993 arcade hit Super Street Fighter II and served as the home court for Thunder Hawk, the first Mexican video game character. Orozco has created a pixelated mosaic of Thunder Hawk’s stage on a large column using heirloom corn kernels, looking to inject the character’s backstory with greater historical and cultural relevance lost in the game’s original depiction.
For the sculpture’s unveiling on June 30, Orozco has partnered with New York and New Jersey-based Mexican indigenous performance group Tonalxochitl Danza Mexica to celebrate histories of colonial resistance. Tonalxochitl Danza Mexica is a community organization founded by Cecilia Ortega dedicated to preserving Mexican indigenous ways through music, dance, performance, and ceremony.
This program is supported by the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NYC Parks Art in the Parks, and CityLore. The public art exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.