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Hemispheric Institute and BAAD! Present

Naked Vanguard: The Arthur Avilés Archive in Motion




The Hemispheric Institute at New York University and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) proudly present Naked Vanguard: The Arthur Avilés Archive in Motion — a series of conversations and performances in September, October, and November 2021 that will celebrate the publication of the Arthur Avilés Collection in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL). The Institute is excited to welcome Avilés as Artist in Residence at NYU for Fall 2021. The Naked Vanguard series honors and recognizes the aesthetic and political legacies of this ground-breaking dancer and choreographer.

The Arthur Avilés Collection has been digitally remastered and includes video documentation spanning Avilés’ decades-long career. This remarkable choreographic archive will be preserved and made freely and permanently available to researchers, artists, and the broader public by New York University Libraries and the Hemispheric Institute.

Arturella’s … sexual politics is … uninhibited … Avilés, a tender-hearted Cinderella, spends much of the piece disarmingly naked. His stocky, muscular body radiates pleasure with every buoyant turn.
Laura Shapiro, New York Magazine
The choreography’s direct sexuality is challenging territory.
Lori Ortiz, Gay City News

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the "World-Making and Social Emergency at the Hemispheric Institute" initiative.


Wednesday, October 13 at 7 pm ET



This series includes the artist's use of the nude body in choreographed works. Please be advised that the material may not be appropriate for minors or those uncomfortable with male nudity in dance performance.

About HemiTV

HemiTV is the Hemispheric Institute’s portal for live streaming and virtual programming, developed for the Zoom era and beyond.

About BAAD!

Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, also referred to as BAAD!, is a New York performing and visual art workshop space and performance venue located in The Bronx. The Academy is home to the Arthur Avilés Typical Theatre and The Bronx Dance Coalition.

About this event

A celebration of Avilés, his work, and his collection in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library

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