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El Museo Del Barrio

El Museo Del Barrio
1230 5th Avenue
212-831-7272

OUR MISSION

The mission of El Museo del Barrio is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Through its extensive collections, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals and special events, El Museo educates its diverse public in the richness of Caribbean and Latin American arts and cultural history. By introducing young people to this cultural heritage, El Museo is creating the next generation of museum-goers, while satisfying the growing interest in Caribbean and Latin American art of a broad national and international audience.

OUR HISTORY

El Museo was founded 45 years ago by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely ignored Latino artists. Since its inception, El Museo has been committed to celebrating and promoting Latino culture, thus becoming a cornerstone of El Barrio, and a valuable resource for New York City. El Museo’s varied permanent collection of over 6,500 objects, spans more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art, includes pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, as well as prints, photography, documentary films, and video. For a brief overview of our history and to explore the institutional chronology and exhibition history year by year,


Upcoming Events at El Museo Del Barrio

Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Uptown Bounce 2021

Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Sep 4, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Sep 5, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21

Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
New York, NY
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Recent News

Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21 at El Museo Del Barrio

Curated by El Museo’s Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura; Curator, Susanna V. Temkin; and Guest Curator, Elia Alba   El Museo del Barrio presents Estamos Bien: La Trienal  20/21, the museum’s first national large-scale survey…

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Exhibition - Popular Painters and Other Visionaries at El Museo Del Barrio

Popular Painters and Other Visionaries examines the contributions of 30 schooled and self-taught artists who worked in different parts of the Americas and the Caribbean between the 1930s and 1970s. The exhibition departs from the term popular…

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Exhibition - Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York at El Museo Del Barrio

In celebration of Taller Boricua’s 50th anniversary, El Museo del Barrio is pleased to present Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York, the first monograph exhibition in three decades about the East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective…

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Exhibition - Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at El Museuo Del Barrio

Organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC Curated by Dr. Vesela Sretenović, Phillips Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) is the first museum retrospective of the prolific,…

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Exhibition - Culture and The People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019 at El Museuo Del Barrio

Curated by Susanna V. Temkin, El Museo’s Curator, and co-organized by Noel Valentin, El Museo’s Permanent Collection Manager In celebration of its 50th anniversary, El Museo del Barrio presents Culture and the People: El Museo del…

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Exhibition - Liliana Porter: Other Situations at El Museuo Del Barrio

Other Situations is a non-linear survey of Porter’s work from 1973 to 2018, which explores the conflicting boundaries between reality and fiction, and the ways in which images are circulated and consumed. Organized by SCAD Museum of Art and…

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Exhibition - Unoxuno: Melissa Calderón At El Museo Del Barrio

Self taught multimedia artist Melissa Calderón create bodies of conceptual work around themes exploring social and political landscapes; drawing upon historical and philosophical references of power, fragility and perception. She has exhibited her…

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Exhibition - Videoarte: Rotative Repository Of Latin American Video Art: Mono Canal At El Museo Del Barrio

Curated by Hernan Rivera Luque This exhibition explores the work of Latin American video artists and their different approaches to the single-channel format. The work on display ranges from pieces inspired by documentary or visual anthropology to…

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Exhibition - Unoxuno: Miguel Trelles At El Museo Del Barrio

Miguel Trelles is a Puerto Rican painter/printmaker actively engaged since 2006 in curating a yearly visual arts exhibition, Borimix, at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Trelles’ own…

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Exhibition - Beatriz Santiago Munoz: A Universe Of Fragile Mirrors At El Museo Del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio announces the exhibition A Universe of Fragile Mirrors, a solo exhibition on the work of Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz(b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives in San Juan). The exhibition is organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami…

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Exhibition - Figure and Form: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection At El Museo Del Barrio

This exhibition features a selection of recent acquisitions to El Museo’s permanent collection. It includes our most recent gift, a large painting by David Antonio Cruz, Puerto Rican Pieta, a portrait of the artist and his mother. This gift…

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Exhibition - Rodriguez Calero: Urban Martyrs and Latter Day Santos

El Museo del Barrio’s “Urban Martyrs and Latter-Day Santos” is the first museum survey of the Nuyorican artist Rodríguez Calero and the second in a series of five women-artist retrospectives in El Museo’s current five-year plan. Rodríguez…

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Exhibition - Cut N’ Mix: Contemporary Collage

This exhibition explores the work of artists experimenting with collage and collage techniques in ways that expand the gestures of cutting paper and mixing various mediums together. It takes as its point of departure some of the concepts from Dick…

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Exhibition - ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York

Founded in Chicago in September 1968, the Young Lords Organization later developed a chapter in New York City in July 1969 when various groups came together in the interest of neighborhood improvement and Puerto Rican self-determination. The New…

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Exhibition - #CarvingThroughBorders | CultureStrike

#CarvingThroughBorders emphasizes sharing skills and creating collaborative artistic work via oversize block prints that give life to migrants’ diverse experiences. The project draws inspiration from historic graphic campaigns that shed light on…

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Exhibition - The Illusive Eye: Op Art and the Americas in the 1960’s

El Museo del Barrio is organizing a 50th-anniversary exhibition to celebrate The Museum of Modern Art’s 1965 exhibition The Responsive Eye. That exhibit showcased Op art—art that could incite optical effects in the viewer’s experience of it.…

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Exhibition - Rodriguez Calero: Urban Martyrs And Latter Day Santos

Focused on figurative work in the mediums of painting, collage, and photography, Rodríguez Calero’s aesthetic vision fuses figures of popular urban culture with Renaissance and mannerist religious motifs and iconography, and frames them…

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Exhibition - Cut N’ Mix: Contemporary Collage

This exhibition explores the work of artists experimenting with collage and collage techniques in ways that expand the gestures of cutting paper and mixing various mediums together. It takes as its point of departure some of the concepts from Dick…

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Exhibition - Presente! The Young Lords In New York

Founded in Chicago in September 1968, the Young Lords Organization later developed a chapter in New York City in July 1969 when various groups came together in the interest of neighborhood improvement and Puerto Rican self-determination. The New…

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Exhibition - Community And School Partnerships

El Museo del Barrio’s Making Connections program offers in-depth, multi-session residencies designed to link El Museo del Barrio’s cultural resources with curricula in learning settings beyond El Museo. Each partnership consists of an El Museo…

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Exhibition - Under The Mexican Sky

Under The Mexican Sky : Gabriel Figueroa Art And Film From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. Among the most important…

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Exhibition - Unsettled Primaries: Project By Mariangeles Soto-Diaz

Participating Artists: Ricardo Alcaide, Emilia Azcarate, Juan Pablo Garza Romero, Jaime Gili, Dulce Gómez, Esperanza Mayobre, Ana Maria Mazzei, Teresa Mulet, Susana Reisman, Luis Romero, Fabian Salazar Unsettled Primaries (2014) is a hybrid,…

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Three Kings Day Parade 2014

Our favorite time of the year is upon us! Come and experience the live camels, colorful puppets, parrandas, and dancing on this magical day. School groups, community members, local businesses, and families are encouraged to participate. Parade…

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