While Hispanic culture is a vital part of New York City, especially in Spanish Harlem, its art is not often portrayed on NYC’s gallery walls. A neglect of this culture is like neglecting New York’s immigrant origins and one of the US’ fastest growing populations today. This is, indeed, the central theme of El Museo del Barrio’s latest special exhibition.
El Museo del Barrio was originally founded in 1969 by Raphael Montaa±ez Ortiz, who astutely noted that Latino artwork was rarely featured in New York City’s mainstream art museums.Â Helping to fill the void and enrich the Harlem landscape, El Museo del Barrio has become a beacon for Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American art.Â Tonight’s festivities will honor the museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Testimonios: 100 Years of Popular Expression,” which will be featured until May 6.
“Testimonios” consists of various loaned pieces from other NYC museums, as well as rarely-seen works from El Museo’s permanent collection.Â Read More