May 2018 Latin Culture

May brings the Frieze Week art fairs, art auctionsCinco de MayoSummerStageNew York Salsa & Bachata Festival, and New York Dance Parade. It’s National Salsa Month.


May Highlights

SummerStage 2017 free concerts in NYC parks

Latin artists June 21 – August 25, 2017
Last Latin artist this season
Anat Cohen Tentet
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Marcus Garvey Park Harlem
Friday, August 25, 2017

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

Multiple venues
May 1-7, 2017

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, but it is fun

Celebrate the French defeat at Puebla, Mexico with Mexican food, drink, and culture, Fri, May 5, 2017

Christie’s Latin American Art auction in May

Christie’s
20 Rockefeller Plaza
Rockefeller Center, Midtown
Viewing May 20-24, 2017
Auction Wednesday-Thursday
May 24-25, 2017

Sotheby’s Latin American Contemporary Art Auction in May

Sotheby’s
1334 York Ave
Upper East Side
Viewing Saturday, May 20-25, 2017
Auction Thursday, May 25, 2017

Frieze New York 2018 is NYC’s big May contemporary art fair

Randall’s Island
Thursday-Saturday
May 3-5, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park

Free Public Theater
Delacorte Theater
Central Park
May 23 – June 18, 2017
Dark Wednesday, June 14
Support the Public Theater



May 2018 Calendar

It’s Frieze Week, a week of art fairs in New York City.

Tuesday, May 1

Celebrate May Day, the ancient European Spring festival; or Workers Day (Día del Trabajador) which is public holiday in many Latin countries.

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature was May 1-7, 2017.

Wednesday, May 2

Celebrate the Dos de Mayo (2nd of May) popular uprising in Madrid which sparked the Spanish War of Independence from the French in 1808 (La Guerra de la Independencia Española). These events during the Peninsular War (1807-1814) with Napoleonic France ultimately led to the independence of Latin America.

2017 Tony Awards were announced in a live webcast on TonyAwards.com. Tickets went on sale.

Limón Dance Company presented its Spring season at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea May 2-7, 2017.

The Art New York and Context New York international art fairs are at Pier 94, May 2-6, 2018.

Thursday, May 3

Celebrate the Day of the Cross (Día de la Cruz), an old Christian feast that celebrates the finding of the “True Cross” in 326, and in Mexico is related to ancient Mayan and Aztec Spring festivals.

Remember The Third of May 1808, the revolutionary painting by Francisco Goya of the horrors of war. It is one of the first great paintings of the modern era.

The 2017 Portal art fair of emerging artists was at Federal Hall National Monument in the Financial District, May 3 – 12, 2017.

Friday, May 4

TEFAF New York Spring design fair is at the Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side May 4-8, 2018.

Saturday, May 5

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the American celebration of Mexican culture.

Tango composer Osvaldo Fresedo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 5, 1897.

Sotheby’s 2017 Impressionist and Modern Art May auction exhibition was at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side, May 5-15, 2017.

Sunday, May 6

The first Sunday in May is Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian Mother’s Day.

Rudolph Valentino, the first Latin film idol, was born in Castellaneta, Apulia, Italy on May 6, 1895.

The  exhibition for Christie’s Spring 2017 Impressionist and Modern Art auction  went on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center through May 15, 2017.

Bleeding edge SPRING/BREAK Art Show Brooklyn opens at City Point in Downtown, Brooklyn. Through Sunday, May 14.



Monday, May 7

Celebrate the birthday of the former first lady of Argentina,

Eva Peron, the former first lady of Argentina, was born in Los Toldos, Argentina on May 7, 1919.

Tuesday, May 8

Enrique Iglesias, the King of Latin Pop, was born in Madrid, Spain on May 8, 1975.

Wednesday, May 9

Thursday, May 10

May 10 is Mother’s Day in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Romanian Independence Day from the Ottoman Empire is May 10, 1877.

Roberto Firpo, the early Argentine Tango pianist, orchestra leader, and composer was born in Flores, Buenos Aires on May 10, 1884.

Friday, May 11

Buika, the queen of Flamenco Soul, was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on May 11, 1972.

Saturday, May 12

Sunday, May 13

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May. Love you Mom!

The 2017 Miss USA beauty pageant in Las Vegas was broadcast on Fox on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 8pm.



In 2017 this was 20th Century Week, a week of Modern and Contemporary art auctions.

Monday, May 14

Tuesday, May 15

May 15 is Paraguayan Mother’s Day.

In 2017, Sotheby’s brought Pre-Columbian antiquities to market at its Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americasauction on Monday, May 15.

The 2017 Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening auction was at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center on Monday, May 15.

The 2017 National Puerto Rican Day Parade golf outing was at Pelham Bay Golf Course in The Bronx on Monday, May 15.

Wednesday, May 16

Thursday, May 17

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Sunday, May 20



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May 2018 Events

New York Mets vs Miami Marlins at Citi Field in Queens

Major League Baseball
Yankee Stadium, The Bronx
Friday – Sunday
August 18-20, 2017

VolvoTango is an outdoor milonga with stunning views from river piers

Spring, Summer, & Fall
Pier 45 at Christopher St
West Village
Wednesdays and Sundays
LIC Landing
Long Island City, Queens
Thursdays

Atlético Madrid Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid en New York

Football Factory at Legends
La Liga Season Opener
Girona vs Atlético Madrid
Saturday, August 19, 2017

New York Red Bulls vs New York City is a Hudson River Derby

Major League Soccer
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Saturday, August 25, 2017

Dance Parade 2018

Flatiron District to Tompkins Square Park
East Village
Saturday, May 19, 2018

La verdadera historia de Caperucita (Little Red Riding Hood)

Bilingual children’s puppet theatre
Teatro SEA
Lower East Side
Saturdays, May 2018

NYCFC plays the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium

Major League Soccer
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in American Ballet Theatre’s “Tchaikovsky Spectacular”

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center
Monday-Saturday, July 3-8
Misty Copeland & Herman Cornejo
Friday, July 7, 2017

“Hamilton” is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

New York Puerto Rican writer
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday 2017

G7 Summit ends badly for the U.S.

President’s first world tour ends with American power thrown away, the impression of weakness, and key allies walking away from American leadership after G7 Summit, May 26-27, 2017

Celebrate the May Revolution of Buenos Aires

The May Revolution of May 25, 1810 launched the Argentine War of Independence. It led to the Latin American Wars of Independence which ended with the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Phillips’ May auction of Latin American art also benefits Colombian FLORA

Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, and Venezuelan art on view Saturday-Wednesday, May 20-24 for auction Wednesday, May 24

Rivera’s Portrait leads Sotheby’s May Latin America Modern Art auction

Mexican, Cuban, and Chilean modernists on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side, from Sat, May 20 for auction Thu, May 25, 2017

Basquiat sets records at Sotheby’s Spring Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat sets records for American artist, Black artist, and art since 1980 at Sotheby’s auction in the Upper East Side, Thu, May 18, 2017

The New York Salsa and Bachata Festival is all Memorial weekend

Non-stop dance workshops, performances, and parties at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29, 2017

Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction gets a good start on 20th Century Week

Brancusi’s La muse endormie sculpture sells for almost double its estimate. Picasso’s Dora Maar portrait also does well at Rockefeller Center on May 15, 2017.

Basquiat is the top cop at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat’s La Hara (1981) is one of the sale highlights at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, on view May 5 through the auction on Wed, May 17, 2017

A Picasso shines in Sotheby’s Spring Impressionist and Modern art auction

Picasso’s Tête d’Homme (1969) is on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side for auction on Tue, May 16, 2017

Sotheby’s Brings Pre-Columbian Antiquities to Market

Mexican, Peruvian, and Chilean antiquities are on sale in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas auction, Mon, May 15, 2017

Celebrate Mother’s Day. We love you Mom!

Most countries celebrate on the second Sunday in May (May 14, 2017). Some celebrate on other days in March, May, August, October, or December.

Context New York international art fair

Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, and Spanish galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

Art New York is an international contemporary and modern art fair

Colombian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Venezuelan galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

Osvaldo Fresedo had a long career making melodic Tangos like “Vida Mía”

Celebrate the Argentine bandoneon player, composer, and Tango orchestra leader’s birth in Buenos Aires on May 5, 1897

TEFAF New York Spring 2017 is NYC’s edition of TEFAF Maastricht

Brazilian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, and Uruguayan galleries show Modern & Contemporary art and design at the Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side, Thu-Mon, May 4-8, 2017

Christie’s is the world’s leading art business

Latin American Art auctions in May and November are pillars of NYC’s Latin art scene

May Day or Worker’s Day is a public holiday in many Latin cultures

Celebrate Spring or Worker’s Day on May 1

Miss USA 2017

Find out who will represent USA at the next Miss Universe pageant, Sun, May 14, 2017

Sotheby’s November Latin American Modern Art auction

Sotheby’s
1334 York Ave
Upper East Side
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Titanosaur

This 122-foot-long dinosaur skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes through the door of the hall. American Museum of Natural History through Jan 1, 2020

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