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As part of a presentation of his work in MoMA's second-floor collection galleries, artist Guadalupe Maravilla (American, born El Salvador, 1976) is offering sound baths to coincide with celestial events and feast days. This gallery- whose title translates as "hope and strength" features works inspired by Mesoamerican myths and Salvadoran traditions. The sculptures are made from natural materials and ready-made objects selected for their therapeutic, historical, symbolic, and aesthetic properties. While undergoing treatment for cancer, Maravilla was introduced to sound therapy, a healing practice that uses vibrations produced by gongs. According to the artist, this practice "cleanse[s] the water in our bodies, which can carry stress, impurities, and, in some cases, diseases." Now a trained sound healer, Maravilla regularly holds therapeutic workshops for undocumented immigrants, cancer patients, and those in need. The gongs played by the artist and his collaborators are tuned to specific frequencies that resonate with the moon and other planets in our solar system and will create an immersive soundscape within the artist's sculptural installation. The sound bath will last for one hour. Late entry will not be permitted. Audiences will be welcome to sit or lie down in the gallery space; yoga mats and seating cushions will be provided Admission to the sound baths is free but requires advance registration and capacity is limited.
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