Celebrate Culture!

Expressions of Beauty: Sights and Sounds

April 26, 2013 - April 27, 2013

Two hands with henna body art.

Friday, April 26 (Activities) and Saturday, April 27 (Activities and Performances)
11 am–5 pm each day

During this special two-day festival, the Museum explores beauty from a global perspective and how beauty is represented across cultures and time. Join in the festivities through family-friendly activities and performances. Activist and writer Kevin Powell, of CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Esquire, and Vibe, one of the most acclaimed literary and political voices of his generation, will gather a diverse group of youth poets and DJ Misbehaviour of the UK to interpret beauty and culture from many global perspectives. Described as “almost a world unto himself” (The New York Times), worldwide musical phenomenon Edmar Castañeda will offer a personal artistic response to the notion of global beauty by drawing out lush colors from his el arpa llanera, the Colombian folk harp.

Host Gail O’Neill, Television Journalist and Fashion Model

12:30 pm | Known for her collaborations with DJ Spooky, new music violinist Adrianna Mateo presents a personal interpretation of beauty in a performance of “The Abandoned Valley,” Ryan Homsey’s piece for solo violin written especially for her.

1 pm | The Power of Beauty - Gail O’Neill moderates an exciting roundtable on the concept of beauty throughout cul­tures and times with Visiting Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at Brown University LaShonda Katrice Barnett, award-winning photographer Jimmy Katz, and Universal Mind Design tattoo artist Jasmine Morrell. Q&A and Beauty Highlights tour in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples and the Hall of African Peoples with Jacklyn Lacey, curatorial associate in the Museum’s Division of Anthropology, to follow.

2 pm | Raffle winner of the collectible photography books autographed by Jimmy Katz announced!

CULLMAN HALL OF THE UNIVERSE | Lower Level | Rose Center for Earth and Space

3 pm | Kevin Powell —one of the most celebrated political, cultural, and literary voices in America—takes you to different parts of our world on the wings of poetry. Enjoy poems written and read by a diverse group of children personally selected and mentored by Powell for this special occasion. This event explores the beauties of different cultures and ethnicities while giving space, platform, and voice to our most precious resource, our young people. Featuring a special music mix from DJ Misbehaviour of the United Kingdom. Q&A and book signing to follow.

4:15 pm | Raffle winner of the pair of tickets to Friends of Chick Corea: Musicians of the Future at Jazz at Lincoln Center announced!

4:30 pm | Edmar Castañeda, characterized by The New York Times as “almost a world unto himself,” offers Museum audiences his artistic response to the notion of global beauty by drawing out lush colors from his el arpa llanera-Colombian folk harp. Special guest vocalist-poet Andrea Tierra adds the beauty of Spanish verse and rhyme to the mix. CD signing to follow

Download the full Schedule:

Click here to enjoy the amazing Edmar Castañeda Live at Jazz Standard and click here to check out his Trio with vocalist Andrea Tierra recording "Canto" from the CD Entre Cuerdas.

To catch a sneak peek of new music violinist Adrianna Mateo performing “The Abandoned Valley,” Ryan Homsey's piece for solo violin based on the poem by Jack Gilbert, click here. Mateo will perform April 27 as part of Expressions of Beauty: Sights and Sounds.

Click here to learn about Henna and Mehndi Art with Lisa “Kenzi” Butterworth, who will be featured at Expressions of Beauty: Sights and Sounds on April 27, on howcast.com.


Presenting Sponsor of the Museum’s cultural programming is MetLife Foundation.

Support for Global Weekends is made possible, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.

The Media Partner for Expressions of Beauty: Sights and Sounds is

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