Guadalupe Maravilla’s ‘Planeta Abuelx’ Exhibition Opening with Healing Sound BathsMay 15, 2021 2 – 6pm
Image: Gaudalupe Maravilla playing a gong; 2021; Courtesy the Artist, Socrates Sculpture Park, and PPOW Gallery; Photo by Sade Armour.
Saturday, May 15 • 2–6pm • In-Person at the Park • Free*
*If you are able to, please consider making a $10–$20 donation to our community partner the Astoria Mutual Aid Network!
The Park is open at regular hours – 9am to sunset – on Saturday, May 15. The schedule for the Exhibition Opening of Guadalupe Maravilla’s ‘Planeta Abuelx’ is as follows:
Healing Sound Bath 1
2–3pm (Pre-Registration Required*)
Exhibition Viewing Hours
Healing Sound Bath 2
5–6pm (Pre-Registration Required*)
*Registration for Healing Sound Baths 1 & 2 is full. Please add your name to the waitlist and review participant guidelines.
All are welcome to join us at the Park on Saturday, May 15 from 2–6pm for the opening of artist Guadalupe Maravilla’s solo exhibition ‘Planeta Abuelx,’ featuring new commissions by the artist rooted in ancestral and Indigenous practices of holistic healing.
As part of the exhibition, Maravilla is offering a series of healing sound baths. He discovered the healing properties of sound baths during his treatment for stomach cancer. Now as a cancer survivor, he regularly offers free communal healing sound baths as a form of mutual aid and care. “Human bodies are over 70% water, and the vibration of the gongs can help balance emotional, psychological, and in some cases physical pain,” explains the artist.
At the exhibition opening on Saturday, May 15, Maravilla is offering two 60-minute healing sound baths to pre-registered participants: Healing Sound Bath 1 from 2–3pm and Healing Sound Bath 2 from 5–6pm. To create a healing sound bath, the artist and trained sound healers play gongs, bells, and percussive implements in hypnotic sequences that build into an immersive soundscape.
The northern half of the Park is reserved for sound healers and participants during the sound baths. If you are in the Park while a sound bath is taking place, please keep noise at a minimum. You are welcome to observe the sound bath from a respectful distance. Viewing hours during the Exhibition Opening are from 3:15–4:45pm.
Healing Sound Bath Participant Guidelines
Before Going to the Park…
-The healing sound baths take place outdoors so are weather-dependent. Please refer to the Park’s website and social media accounts within 24 hours of the program to confirm the event is taking place, especially if there is inclement weather.
-Healing sound bath participants should bring their own yoga mat, blanket, or towel to lie on or chair to sit on. The Park has a limited supply of yoga mats and chairs that will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that a mask covering the nose and mouth is required on-site at the Park and during the healing sound baths with an exception for children under the age of two. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Park at least 48 hours in advance at email@example.com.
-For transportation options and directions to Socrates, click here. There is no car parking on-site with the exception of vehicles with an accessibility permit. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
-Pre-registered healing sound bath participants should plan to arrive at least half an hour before the start of the program. Fifteen minutes before the program begins, remaining spots will no longer be reserved for ticket-holders, and instead be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. No one will be seated after the program begins, regardless of whether or not they are a pre-registered ticket-holder.
When you Get to the Park…
-When you arrive at the Park, please enter through the main entrance at the intersection of Vernon Blvd and Broadway. The Park’s north entrance – located across Vernon Blvd from Château le Woof Pet Market & Cafe – will be closed during the event.
-Upon entering the Park, look for the check-in tents where a Socrates staff-member will take your ticket and direct you to the healing sound bath.
-If you are on the waitlist for a healing sound bath, or you were unable to get a ticket but would like to attend, please arrive at the Park early and wait in the designated line to be admitted fifteen minutes before the program begins. We cannot guarantee that all non-registered guests will be able to attend a healing sound bath, but we will do our best to safely accommodate as many people as possible.
-Sound bath seating will be pre-marked on the lawn for safe social-distancing. Please do not move sound bath seating markers. If you are attending the sound bath with one or more person that you do not need to social-distance from, then you can gather together in the same pre-marked sound bath spot.
-Once the program begins, sound bath participants must remain quietly seated or laying down for the full duration of the 60-minute healing sound bath. Please silence all cellphones and noise-making devices.
-After the sound bath, please exit the area around the sculpture installation so that other visitors have a chance to view the work.
Sound Bath Registration Is Full!
Registration is full for Healing Sound Bath 1 from 2–3pm and Healing Sound Bath 2 from 5–6pm at the Exhibition Opening of Guadalupe Maravilla’s ‘Planeta Abuelx‘ on Saturday, May 15 at Socrates. Please click below to add your name to the waiting list. We will admit guests on the waiting list fifteen minutes prior to the start of each sound bath on a first-come, first-serve basis until we have reached full capacity.
Tickets are free, but we ask that if you are able to do so, you make a $10–$20 donation to the Astoria Mutual Aid Network (AMAN). AMAN is a 100% volunteer-run organization that provides non-emergency assistance, free of charge, to community members who are especially vulnerable, helps support local businesses, advocates for supportive practices within the community, and disseminates accurate local information. Learn more online at astoriamutualaid.com and on Instagram at @astoria_mutual_aid.