The Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace New York, NY 10032
The Morris-Jumel Mansion announces the new, outdoor public art installation CoVIDA - Homage to Victims of the Pandemic, on view from November 2 to December 31, 2020. As an artistic tribute to the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, CoVIDA honors the people who have passed away from the virus, acknowledges the resilience of our community, and recognizes the courage of essential workers still on the front lines.
CoVIDA is created by internationally-recognized artist Andrea Arroyo, who lives a few blocks from the museum in Washington Heights. The title combines the word “COVID” with vida, meaning “life” in Spanish. Inspired by a range of traditional memorials from across the globe, Arroyo combines multiple elements including stylized winged figures, used in various cultures to represent the universal concept of freedom; the silhouette of the cityscape which celebrates the healing of our city; flower garlands in the traditional cempasúchitl color of Latin America’s Day of the Dead; papel picado; and adornments that evoke traditional memorial ribbons, wish trees, prayer flags and altars. Ribbons incorporated into the piece will feature names of pandemic victims, submitted by the public for inclusion in the living memorial.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion will install CoVIDA on the gates and fence of Roger Morris Park - the site of the historic 1765 home and Manhattan’s oldest surviving residence.