WHAT: Visit the Walters Art Museum in August for a public artwork installation created by Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown, a performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator,
Visit the Walters Art Museum in August for a public artwork installation created by Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown, a performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator, filmmaker, mother of four, self-love champion, and unicorn.
Over the course of two days, the artist will assume the role of a lifeguard, monitoring and protecting the galleries of 15th-century Northern Art as a safe space for self-love. Attendees are invited to observe de la Brown as she directs visitors around the space and uses flowers in a bathing ritual.
In a modern world that is constantly discussing the importance of “self-care”, de la Brown’s installation encourages you to think about how women have done this in the past while bringing you back to how you incorporate this into your everyday life.
de la Brown’s installation is an immersive celebration of self-healing and rebirth activated by an ancient feminine practice of ritual bathing. Ritual bathing is known as a way to purify the vessel, calm the mind, open the spirit, and release that which no longer serves. De la Brown explores the connections between historical religious rituals and the habits and patterns of our everyday, modern lives.
Large-scale sculptural objects have been fabricated and installed by de la Brown in the Walters Art Museum for a limited time. Guests are encouraged to engage with these objects during the immersive activation including a large transparent bath vessel for ritual bathing in public space, a lifeguard chair serving as throne, an ethereal white garment adorned with crystals, two video light-box-style installations, and sound elements to activate the senses.
Attendees are then encouraged to return on August 15th for a self-care workshop to develop individual self-care kits and take learnings from the installation into their day-to-day life.
All activities are open to the public at the Walters Art Museum.
- ● Thursday, August 8: Public Ritual Bath Performance 5pm-8:30pm
- ● Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11: Installation Open to the Public
- ● Saturday, August 10: Public Ritual Bath Performance 11am-4pm
- ● Sunday, August 11: Installation Open to the Public
- ● Thursday, August 15: Workshop 6:30pm-8:30pm
Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown is a performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator, filmmaker, producer, host, mother of four, self-love champion, and unicorn. Nicoletta is the founder of Vida Mágica Love LLC, providing healing-centered engagement through interactive workshops, immersive activations, and multi-sensory experiences. Nicoletta is Black Latinx; proud to be a first generation Panamanian born in the United States and comes from a long line of healers.
As an Artist, Nicoletta puts energy into developing works that communicate with her core and to others about the beauty of existence. Her work is about light, connection, spirituality, and love. She fabricates sculptural installations and creates performances that are meant to communicate introspection. She is motivated by the idea of the collective oneness; that all is interconnected.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201