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Byzantine Bembé: New York by Manny Vega

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February 3, 2024, 10:00 amJuly 4, 2025, 5:00 pm

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street

New York NY

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🎟 Suggested $20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Explore Manny Vega’s visual storytelling as it interweaves community stories with themes that range from African deities to urban mythologies, spanning the personal and the collective. His style has been dubbed “Byzantine Hip-Hop” for his uncompromising technical command that encompasses ancient Mediterranean mosaic-making and the electrifying lines of hyper-detailed Sharpie pen-and-ink drawings.

Deeply rooted in an idiosyncratic understanding of the diaspora experience, which in his case includes communities in El Bronx, El Barrio, and Bahia, Brazil, Vega’s worldview is colorful, danceable, passionately spiritual, and complex-yet-accessible. His mosaics and murals adorn street walls, subway stations, cultural centers, and business facades throughout East Harlem. Many of these works celebrate important figures—particularly women—in the history of the Puerto Rican and Latinx communities.


Thu 10 am–9 pm Fri–Mon 10 am–5 pm

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