El Museo Del Barrio

Rafael Tufiño, Pintor del Pueblo / Painter of the People


Organized by Fatima Bercht, Chief Curator; curated by Dr. Teresa Tío for the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan

This exhibition will be Rafael Tufiño's first major retrospective in the United States, presenting the entire breadth of his work (prints, paintings, drawings and sculpture), as selected from the major retrospective held in Puerto Rico from July 6 through October 7, 2001. Tufiño (b. Brooklyn, 1922) is one of the central figures in the history of twentieth-century Puerto Rican art. A member of Generación del Cincuenta ("The Fifties Generation"), Tufiño has been of one of the major forces in founding and furthering modern Puerto Rican art-both on the Island and in the Caribbean diaspora of New York. Tufiño was one of the founders and leaders of the Island's print tradition, and has been one of the hemisphere's most distinguished poster-makers, an illustrator of books and stories, a draftsman and letterist. The expressive and gestural purity of his draftsmanship became a trademark of Puerto Rican graphics of the 1950s and 1960s. Tufiño consistently depicted the Puerto Rican people in all their daily expressions, working and celebrating. Tufiño made many images of dance, music, and religious festivals, and El Museo will offer public music and dance programs and folk art demonstrations as programming to accompany the exhibition.

 October 24, 2002 - February 16, 2003

Featured Artist: Karin Schneider

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Twentieth-Century Mexican Art:
The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

April 28th - September 26, 2002

The Gelman Collection, widely regarded as the most significant private holding of twentieth-century Mexican art, was assembled by the late cinematic mogul Jacques Gelman and his wife Natasha. The superb collection features works by Kahlo, Rivera, and other masters of modern Mexican art, including Gunther Gerzso, Maria Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siquieros, and Rufino Tamayo.

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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera images © 2002 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust.
Av. Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtémoc, 06059, México, D.F.
Reproducción autorizada por el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.

O Fio da Trama / The Thread Unraveled

El Museo del Barrio is pleased to present O Fio da Trama/The Thread Unraveled: Contemporary Brazilian Art, an exciting exhibition of sixty-three works in diverse media, created from the 1990s through early 2000, by twenty-one contemporary Brazilian artists. The exhibition, which opens on October 12th and remains on view through February 3rd, 2002, is part of a celebration of Brazilian art and culture that includes exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. O Fio da Trama/The Thread Unraveled has been organized by El Museo del Barrio in collaboration with BrazilConnects, an independent nonprofit organization that celebrates, preserves and supports Brazil's most treasured cultural and ecological assets.

O Fio da Trama Catalog
Fully illustrated, 144-pages exhibition catalogue with essays by El Museo's Chief Curator, Fatima Bercht and Dr. Tadeu Chiarelli, Professor, Universidade de São Paulo, is available at the El Museo's Shop, 212-831-7272 ext 130. Price is $20.00. Mail orders are accepted and shipped promptly.

Voices From Our Communities

On view through September 16, 2001, Voices From Our Communities culminates a comprehensive five-year effort to explore the connection between a museum's permanent collection and its highly diverse audiences. This exhibition features over 100 works created by Latino artists in the United States, as well as by artists working in the Caribbean and Latin America. Noteworthy pieces include paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and mixed-media works by contemporary artists, including Rafael Ferrer, Miriam Hernandez, Alfredo Jaar, Pepón Osorio, and Liliana Porter, as well as Shipibo vessels and Haitian vodun flags, Puerto Rican ex-votos and colorful Chicano prints, Mexican masks and an extraordinary 17th century book by Bartolomé de las Casas. Pre-Columbian and traditional arts, such as masks, textiles, and devotional objects, are also highlighted. The variety and richness of artworks in this exhibition derive, in great measure, from the expansion of El Museo del Barrio's mission in 1994 to represent and include, beyond the founding Puerto Rican community, all the Latin American communities that are transforming El Barrio, New York City, and the country at large. Members of these communities as well as artists, curators, anthropologists, etc. have been invited to contribute to the interpretation of works in the collection. The soundtrack of their diverse "voices" and points-of-view will be incorporated as a crucial and lively element of the exhibition, through a sound installation in each gallery.

Contemporánea 2001
Permanent Visibility by Ingrid Menendez
On view June 12th through September 16, 2001
Curated by Deborah Cullen, Curator,
El Museo del Barrio

Ingrid Menéndez, a Venezuelan sculptor (b. 1963, Caracas) living in New York, creates an interactive installation. Each visitor, alone in an intimate gallery, must decide on how to interface with her experimental artwork. Menéndez's work investigates the boundaries between private and public experience, and the ever-increasing role played by the technologies of surveillance.

T he following is a partial listing of exhibitions El Museo del Barrio has presented over the past thirty years. Please check back as we update and expand this area of El Museo's website in the future.

2000 - 2001

Here & There / Aquí y Allá: Six Artist From San Juan
Here & There / Aquí y Allá refers to the rich and complex cultural relationship that contemporary Puerto Rican artists from San Juan have developed with the United States and, especially, New York. The exhibition showcases exciting new work by six artists based in San Juan: Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Ana Rosa Rivera Marrera, Freddie Mercado, Carlos Rivera Villafañe, and Aaron SalabarrÍas Valle.

Each artist is repreented by a one-room installation using such wide-ranging media as video projection, sculpture, found objects, color photographs, drawings and plastic ready-mades.
February 8th - May 20th, 2001

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Antonio Frasconi: Langston Hughes' "Let America Be America Again" A Portfolio of Woodcuts
A suite of 32 woodcut and relief prints inspired by Hughes' poem. Organized by Fatima Bercht, Chief Curator, as part of the Focos series, this exhibition highlights the contribution by Frasconi, an internationally-recognized master of the woodcut print.

Frasconi's woodcut illustrations and sophisticated design deftly compliment Hughes' eloquent words. Informal typeface used for Hughes' poem is, at times overlaid directly onto images; other times, it stands alone. The striking images form a seamless whole with the text, offering the viewer a powerful and memorable experience.
February 8th - May 20th, 2001

Neighbors: An Installation by Leandro Erlich
Commisioned by El Museo del Barrio and curated by Dr. Julia P. Herzberg, Consulting Curator Erlich's Neighbors is an architectural installation that questions notions of reality.

The installation functions like a mysterious set design in which viewers actually participate in the narrative. In a typical apartment building corridor, we expect things to be what they appear to be. Erlich, however, confounds us by interweaving the real and the illusory, paradoxically proving and disproving the adage, "What you see is what you get."
February 8th - May 20th, 2001

Latin American Artist-Photographers from the Lehigh University Art Galleries Collection
Organized by Guest Curator Ricardo Viera, Director/Curator of the Lehigh University Art Galleries, Professor of Art at Lehigh University and a nationally recognized specialist of Latin American and Caribbean photography.
October 26, 2000 - January 14, 2001

Nacimiento: A Christmas Crèche
Organized by Fatima Bercht, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Gift of the Chase Manhattan Bank to the Permanent Collection
December 9, 2000 - January 14, 2001

¡Llegaron Los Muertos! Monumentos para los que viven en nuestros corazónes by Santiago-Hoge
Organized by Fatima Bercht, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Ocotber 4, 2000 - December 3, 2000

Este Es Mi Mexico
Organized by Miriam de Uriarte, Director of Education, El Museo del Barrio
An exhibition of children's artwork in collaboration with the Instituto Mexicano Cultural of New York, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Mexico City.
August 14, 2000 - December 1, 2000

The Caribbean and Latin American Traditionlal Art Series
Between Heaven and Earth: Devotional Art from Puerto Rico and Mexico

Curated by Fatima Bercht, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Our Lady of the Apocalypse
The Virgin of Guadalupe and Other Miracles

Curated by Sophia Vackimes, Guest Curator
Through January 14, 2001

1999 - 2000

The S-Files/Selected Files
Curated by Deborah Cullen, Curator and Yasmin Ramierez, Adjunct Curator
This summer showcase exhibition featuring the most innovative contemporary artists who have submitted work to El Museo del Barrio. This year, The S-Files will feature 27 artists (average age 34), none of who have shown at El Museo del Barrio before.
June 13, 2000 - September 24, 2000

Ernesto Pujol: Conversion of Manners
Curated by Julia P. Herzberg
Through a series of photographs and vintage Carthusian, Franciscan and Jesuit habits, Ernesto Pujol enacts a spiritual performance. He presents fragmented moments of a sacred narrative through the measured poses, gestures, and movements of body language in this site-specific installation by Ernesto Pujol.
June 13, 2000 - September 24, 2000

Latin American Still-Life: Reflections of Time and Place
Curated by Clayton C. Kirking and Edward J. Sullivan
Organized by the Katonah Museum of Art
This unprecedented exhibition of more that 80 works examines how 20th Century Latin American artists use the still life genre to portray national movements, historical events, socio-political and cultural trends.
February 17, 2000 - May 21, 2000

Franco Mondini-Ruiz: Mexique
Curated by Julia P. Herzberg, Consulting Curator
This site-specific installation recreates in minature the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City. The work displays minature floating gardens, canals, temples, palaces and marketplaces populated by hundreds of paper cutout figures in 18th Century European dress.
February 17, 2000 - May 21, 2000

Carlos Irizarry: The '60s Plus Picasso
Curated by Yasmin Ramirez, Adjunct Curator
A suite of eight prints by Carlos Irizarry comes from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection. This exhibition is the first major presentation of Irizarry's early work in the United States in over a decade.
February 17, 2000 - May 21, 2000

Pressing the Point: Parallel Expressiosn in the Graphic Arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements
Curated by Henry Estrada, Guest Curator and Yasmin Ramirez, Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art
This exhibition is a survey of prints and posters created by artists active in the artistic and social struggles of the 1960's and 1970's explores the parallels between Chicano and Puerto Rican printmakers.
September 24, 1999 - January 9, 2000

Juan Sanchez: Printed Convictions Prints amd Related Works on Paper
Organized by The Jersey City Museum and Curated by Alejandro Anreus
Julia P. Herzberg, Consulting Curator
This exhibition of 48 works by Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican artist Juan Sanchez, combines graphic excellence and innovation with sociopolitical advocacy through textss and images from Puerto Rican history, contemporary media and culture, personal writings and mementos.
September 24, 1999 - January 9, 2000

Contemporánea Gallery
Julia P. Herzberg, Consulting Curator
This multimedia installation combines sculpture, photography, video, handmade and found objects exploring the transformation of Puerto Rican identity in the light of recent demographic changes in El Barrio and across the United States.
September 24, 1999 - January 9, 2000

Caribbean and Latin American Traditional Arts Series Part I
Puerto Rican Santos de Palo: Sculptures Between Heaven and Earth

Curated by Fatima Bercht
This exhibition will feature 45 santos de palo (saints made of wood) from El Museo del Barrio's permanent collection of santos, one of the country's finest. The majority of these works were created by traditional, self-taught Puerto Rican carvers-- santeros--of rural, pre-industrial Puerto Rico between approximately 1850 and 1940.
September 24, 1999 - October 31, 1999

Viva la Muerte: Artwork Inspired by the Day of the Dead Celebration
Curated by Eduardo Pineda and Deborah Lawrence
An exhibition of 22 paintings, drawings and prints be Chicano artists in the San Francisco Bay area who have been documenting the importance of the Day of the Dead celebration in the Chicano and Mexican communities.
September 24, 1999 - January 9, 2000

A Tribute to En Foco: 25 Years of Making Photographic History
A digital presentation of En Foco's collection, summarizing 25 years of work by over 60 photographers. The exhibition also features images from En Foco's first portfolio exhibited at El Museo in 1978 and now a part of its permanent collection.
September 24, 1999 - January 9, 2000

1998 - 99

The S-files: The Selected Files
23 of the most creative contemporary artists who have submitted work to El Museo del.
Curated by Deborah Cullen and Carolina Ponce de León. San Francisco
Park, Center, Court and East Galleries
April 8, 1999 - June 30,1999

Marta Chilindron: Cinema Kinesis
Contemporánea Gallery
April 8, 1999 - June 30,1999

Puerto Rican Santos de Palo: Sculptures Between Heaven and Earth
Curated by Fatima Bercht
Alegría Gallery
April 8, 1999 - June 30,1999

Altares de los Orishas: Afro-Caribbean Sacred Spaces
Curated by Fatima Bercht
Borinquin Gallery
April 8, 1999 - June 30,1999

Buscando Milagros - Searching for Miracles: Photographs by Héctor Méndez Caratini
Curated by Fatima Bercht
Borinquen Gallery
April 8, 1999 - June 30,1999

The Art of Jack Delano
Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
East and Alegría Galleries
November 13, 1998 - February 28, 1999

Gods, Spirits, and Legends: Twentieth-Century Art from El Salvador
Center, Park and Court Galleries
November 14,1998 - February 28,1999

Casitas: Gardens of Reclamation
Ejlat Feuerand Daniel Winterbottom
Project Wall
November 14,1998 - February 28,1999

Domino/Dominó by Bibiana Suarez
Contemporánea Gallery
November 14, 1998 - February 7, 1999

1997 - 98

El Mexterminator II (Ethno-Cyborgs & Artificial Savages)
Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Roberto Sifuentes
Alegría Gallery
June 1998

Beatriz González
Curated by Carolina Ponce de León
Center, Park and Court Galleries
May 29 - October 31,1998

Carmen Herrera
Curated by Carolina Ponce de León
East Gallery
April 17 - June 28, 1998

Brian Nissen: Bronze Sculptures
East Gallery and Project Wall
January 29 - March 31, 1998

Recurrent Memories by Diamantina González
Curated by Fatima Bercht
Contemporánea Gallery
January 29 - March 31, 1998

Taíno: Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean
Curated by: Dr. Ricardo Alegría, José Arrom, and Dr. Dicey Taylor
Center, Park and Court Galleries
September 27, 1997 - May 3, 1998

The Taíno Legacy
Curated by Fatima Bercht
East Gallery and ProjectWall
September 27, 1997 - January 11, 1998

Coaybay: Site of the Afterlife
An Installation by Jorge Crespo
Curated by Fatima Bercht
Contemporánea Gallery
September 27, 1997 - January 11, 1998


Re-Aligning Visions: Alternative Currents in South American Drawing
Curated by Edith A. Gibson and Maria Carmen Ramirez
May 8 - September 7, 1997

Diamantina Gonzalez Recurrent Memories
Contemporanea Gallery
May 6- September 7, 1997

Alicia Creus The Veiled Mirrors: Recent Works Lyrical textile collages
February 14- April 30, 1997

BIO *As in 'biography', 'biology', 'biogenesis'
Curated by Carolina Ponce de Leon.
February 14 - April 30, 1997

The Conceptual Trend: Six Artists from Mexico City
Curated by Ruben Gallo and Terence Gower.
February 14- April 30, 1997

Nativity Scene
An exhibition from the permanent collection highlighting nativity scenes created in Spain an various
Latin American countries such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and Brazil.
December 21, 1996 - January 12, 1997

Contemporanea: An Installation by Maria Elena Gonzalez
Contemporanea Gallery
December 1, 1996 - April 13, 1997

Santos: Sculptures Between Heaven and Earth
A permanent installation of santos selected from the museum's collection
Opened Friday, November 1, 1996

Day of the Dead
Celebrating the Mexican holy day
October 31 - November 22, 1996

The Liberated Print: The Portfolio in Puerto Rican Graphics
Curated by art historian Teresa Tio
Friday, September 27, 1996 - Sunday, January 12, 1997

Antonio Martorell La Casa Letrada
Contemporanea Gallery
Through October 20, 1996


ADAL Out of Focus Nuyoricans
With a Prologue by El Reverendo Pedro Pietri.
August 15 - October 13, 1996

Eloy Blanco Pursuits in Painting, 1950 - 1984
A selection of works from El Museo's permanent collection
August 15 - September 8, 1996

Ana Busto Working Shoes
The second in El Museo's Contemporanea series
Contemporanea Gallery
June 11 - September 15, 1996

September 8, 1995 - January 7, 1996

Political Art from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio
September 8, 1995 - January 7, 1996

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