From Talismans to Comfort Items

Billy X. Curmano and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo perform with a Zoom Audience

Thursday | June 4 | 7:30pm
Presented at Dixon Place NYC as part of DPTV
To RSVP and receive a Zoom link and passcode, contact Nicolás:

Two friends cloistered in their living quarters and studios, one by the Mississippi River and the other by the Bronx River, engage in a show-and-tell, more like a perform-and-tell, dealing with their creative lives from a place of isolation, but of great expansion as well. Drawing from a life-long art praxis that goes back long before they visited an art gallery or a museum, Billy and Nicolás focus on elements of their performances and their day-to-day to be with each other and those they touch in time and space. They also acknowledge the role of interruptions, shared rites of passages, and reinterpretations of hearsay and tales in their work and play.

Billy and Nicolás integrate those in attendance by inviting them to share and discuss meaningful stuff that is part of their lives, from talismans to comfort items.

***Those wishing to attend, please have with you a talisman or a comfort item that you can talk about when you join this event!***

Billy X. Curmano engaged in a 2,367.4-mile swim from the source of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico as a performance and environmental statement. In another performance, he fasted on juice and water for 40 days, in Death Valley, seeking visions and enlightenment.

In 2011 Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo was baptized as a Bronxite by the Bronx River, by Bill Aguado and Susan Newmark Fleminger. In an earlier experience, he traveled from the Bronx to Berlin, Germany, where he surrendered his persona before entering the Czech Republic, where he embodied the Holy Infant of Prague, full time, for 5 days.

Billy X. Curmano is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


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