Border Cantos | Sonic Border Related Programs


Friday, February 12–May 9, 2021


The HRM is working with local, national, and international partners to offer a robust roster of programs and resources for the public related to Border Cantos | Sonic Border: Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo. Additional programs to be announced.

To complement the exhibition, Yonkers Public Library staff curated a list of books—both fiction and nonfiction, for youth and adults—that explore migration, immigration, and the refugee experience at the US-Mexico border, within the United States, and globally. Explore their list here.

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Members-Only Exhibition Reception (Virtual)
Friday, February 19, 7–8pm
HRM Members are invited to an exclusive virtual reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition.

Collaborators in Conversation: Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo (Virtual)
Sunday, February 21, 2pm
Photographer Richard Misrach and composer/artist Guillermo Galindo discuss the individual and shared paths that have, over the years, led them to combine their bodies of work inspired by the Mexican-American border region into an exhibition that conveys the human impact of the immigrant’s journey, and in the process impacts its audiences. How did the exhibition come to be? What was the organic process through which the artists went, together with the community organizations that were involved in its development? How did they come to fill the emptiness of the desert with spiritual sound? Moderated by Laura Vookles, Chair, HRM Curatorial Department. The conversation will be followed by Q&A with the artists.

Living Language and Identity: A Panel Discussion (Virtual)
Saturday, February 27, 2pm
How do we talk about ourselves? Do we prefer to identify ourselves according to our country of origin or heritage, or use commonly accepted terms like: Hispanic, Chicana/o, Latino/a, or Latinx? No matter which term is used, people are rarely in full agreement. It’s an emotionally charged topic and there are important usage variations depending on factors such as region, language, generation, and political inclination. José Higuera López, Director of The Mexican Studies Institute at the City University of New York, Lehman College, will moderate a panel with Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Associate Professor of Spanish at University of Houston; Larry La Fountain-Stokes, Professor of Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Michigan; and Yuneikys (Yuni) Villalonga, Chief Curator at the Coral Gables Museum, to help us understand the origins and meanings of these terms and the complex ways in which they are used.

Bridging the Wall: Panel Discussion (Virtual)
Saturday, March 13, 2pm
Kenneth Smith Ramos, currently the Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., will speak on the economic, sociological, and political factors that drive immigration, both to and from the US, as well as the unique communities that have grown up around the border, and the interaction of global forces that determine individual choices to stay, to leave, and to return. He will be joined by Enrique Perret, Director of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Mexico City, who will focus on efforts to promote dialogue and cooperation between our two countries by creating new connections through humanitarian, cultural, economic, and academic initiatives. HRM Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky will moderate the conversation, followed by a Q&A.

Guillermo Galindo in Performance (Virtual)
Saturday, March 20, 6pm
Experimental composer Guillermo Galindo fabricates musical instruments from objects found in the desert along the US-Mexico border, artifacts that are imbued with the spirit of their former owners. See and hear the composer perform a selection of his compositions from these instruments, demonstrating their use and their transformative power as sculptural works of art to give voice to the displaced.

Author Talk: Valeria Luiselli (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 31, 7pm
Author Valeria Luiselli will discuss her 2017 book, Tell Me How it Ends, An Essay in Forty Questions or Niños Perdidos, Ensayo en Cuarenta Preguntas. The book tackles Luiselli’s experience volunteering at an immigration court in New York City, where she translated the responses migrant children gave to the questions that stood between a return to their home country and the promise of a new life in the United States. Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa, and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and winner of a MacArthur Genius Award, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd, The Story of My Teeth; and Lost Children Archive. The author will read from her work and, following an interview with Viridiana Garcia Choy, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, respond to questions from the audience.

Beyond Labor: Mexicans as Migrant Creatives in NYC (Virtual)
Saturday, April 3, 2pm
Join Dr. Melissa Castillo Planas, author of A Mexican State of Mind: New York City and the New Borderlands of Culture alongside Mexican MCs Juan Carlos Romero and Audry Funk for a book discussion and panel on Mexican creativity in New York City. The book explores the cultural and creative lives of the largely young undocumented Mexican population in New York City since September 11, 2001. This book is based on ten years of fieldwork, with members of a vibrant community of Mexican migrants, focusing on youth culture including hip hop, graffiti, muralism, labor activism, arts entrepreneurship, and collective making. The spoken word poets will perform their work, followed by a Q&A. Moderated by Saralinda Lichtblau, HRM Assistant Director, Education.

Teen Talk: Crossing Boundaries (Virtual)
Saturday, April 17, 4pm
All teens are welcome to join this conversation about migration and its impact on young people that will be hosted by the Hudson River Museum Junior Docents. This virtual Teen Talk, created by teens for teens, will provide an opportunity to share stories and discuss pressing, often controversial, issues of political and social import with peers, including those outside the US. With mentorship provided by Viridiana Garcia Choy, Manager, Youth and Family Programs.

Migration at the Southern Border: Law, Policy, Myth and More (Virtual)
Sunday, April 18, 2pm
Bardis Vakili, attorney in the ACLU’s San Diego & Imperial County affiliate, will discuss the current situation at the southern border, with a focus on border and immigration policy and how it has shifted over the years, as well as the human impact of those policies, and some of the root causes of migration. Vakili will be in conversation with Sara Ritchie from the Kino Border Initiative, a binational organization that provides humanitarian aid to migrants on the Mexico side of the US-Mexico border as well as engages in education and advocacy.