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real: alternative realities in photography and video
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
To Sunday, May 19, 2013
Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Las Galerías
This exhibition explores the layered meaning and interpretation of the real as represented through photography and video.superreal features by work by artists including ADÁL, Miguel Rio Branco, Tania Bruguera, Ana de la Cueva, Betsabee Romero, Vik Muniz, Andres Serrano, Edin Vélez, and many more. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013  
To Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Las Galerías

Presencia, the most recent exhibition of work from El Museo's permanent collection, focuses on ideas of presence and its antithesis, absence. This theme is explored through photography, painting, prints, drawings, masks, and other objects. The exhibition investigates the visibility and invisibility of the human form through the presentation of the body in literal and conceptual ways. Featured artists include Luis Mendez, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Oscar Muñoz, Benvenuto Chavajay, Christian Cravo, Roberto Juárez, Fernando Salicrup, and Rafael Tufiño. Presencia complements the current exhibition superreal.

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Voces y Visiones: Highlights from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York 
Saturday, March 2, 2013  
To Sunday, July 7, 2013  
The Nevada Museum of Art  
Admission: Fees Vary  
Launching a long-term collaboration with New York's El Museo del Barrio-the leading Latino cultural institution in the U.S. dedicated to Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean art-the Nevada Museum of Art presents a wide-ranging and diverse survey of their stellar art collection. This lively exhibition presents over fifty objects including sculpture, painting, prints, photographs, and mixed media installations addressing themes such as identity politics, colonialism, emotional connections to homeland, and contemporary visual culture. Artworks created by living artists are contextualized with a concise selection of ancient Taίno stone carvings.     
Voces y Visiones: Highlights from the Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York, was jointly organized by the El Museo del Barrio and the Nevada Museum of Art.

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LIBROFORUM: El enigma de París, 
por Pablo de Santis
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Black Box Theatre
Admission: Gratis, RSVP necesario


El Museo del Barrio les da la bienvenida a todos aquellos que quieran participar en nuestro club de lectura en español. Vengan a disfrutar de estas interesantes discusiones de la Literatura en español. 


Este mes leeremos El enigma de Paris. En esta novela de Pablo de Santis, una serie de asesinatos suceden en París en 1889, durante la construcción la Torre Eiffel. La orden de los Doce Detectives, unos famosos investigadores de todo el mundo, se dedicaran a resolver este mysterio. 

Haga click aqui para RSVP. 
SPEAK UP!: My Side, Your Side, the Truth. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Black Box Theater 
Admission: Free, RSVP required

Join us for a night of powerfully soulful words. Speak Up! features a dynamic line-up of poetry, performance, and comedy, curated and hosted by guest poets.


Roberto "Simply Rob" Vassilarakis hosts and curates the final Speak Up! of the season. Simply Rob is an activist, youth mentor, role model, story teller, and poet, born and raised in New York to Greek and Salvadorean parents. His life experience has led him to dedicate himself to working with the "at risk" inner city youth of NYC focusing on issues of sex/sexual identity and HIV/AIDS prevention and education. He is a founding member of El Grito De Poetas, the premier all Latino poetry collective in NYC.


Other poets include Christopher Cajigas, Vanessa Hidary and Marilyn Torres.  


Click here to RSVP.

Super Sábado: 
Mad About Lilbros!
Saturday May 18, 2013
11:00am - 6:00pm

Joins us for an exciting day full of FREE art-making, music, dance, 
story-telling, and performances for children and families in our Target Free Third Saturdays at El Museo!
This Super Sábado we are Mad About Libros!

Tell us a story through art-making and music in an afternoon celebrating books and storytelling with Yoruba Folktales, an Andean music concert by a Queens  children's chorus, gallery activities, and an exhibition of  student artwork. 

¡Cuéntanos una historia a través del arte y la música!  En una tarde que celebra los libros y las historias con  Yoruba Folktales, un concierto de música Andina por el  coro de niños de Queens, actividades de gallerías, y una exhibición de arte estudiantil.
Click here for more information.  
Student Artwork Exhibition Opening
Saturday, May 18, 2013
11:00pm - 6:00pm 
El Museo's Cuentame Gallery 
(1st and 3rd Floors)

Join us in celebrating the opening of Cuentame/Tell Me a Story, the latest installation of student artwork at El Museo del Barrio. Using a variety of media including poetry, performance, music, painting, and photography, participants in this year's Making Connections programs tell their stories. Be the first to see it on its opening day! 
Click here for more information. 

City Council Meeting

May 21, 2013

7:00pm - 9:00pm

El Museo del Barrio


City Council Meeting is a new, participatory theater piece about democracy, power and empathy, seen through the setting of a staged local government meeting. Using transcripts from government meetings across the country, original text and live video, to enact a civic dialogue, City Council Meeting is created through collaboration with a diverse range of New Yorkers, including students, politicians, activists and artists. 

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Around the Block from El Museo 
Walking Tours 
Saturday, May 25, 2013
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Departs from El Museo's Lobby
Admission: $15.00, pre-purchase recommended

Join El Museo del Barrio for a walking tour of the neighborhood around El Museo. We'll explore El Barrio's vibrant public art, beautiful community gardens, rich cultural organizations, and diverse store fronts that have shaped East Harlem into the unique neighborhood it is today. The tour begins with El Museo del Barrio and its history and will continue on to include the Modesto Flores Community Garden, the Spirit of East Harlem mural, Justo Botanica, Graffiti Hall of Fame, and much more.  


Tickets available for $15 online or at El Museo del Barrio. Space is limited; pre-purchase recommended. Tours meet in the lobby at El Museo del Barrio and leave promptly at 11:30am.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, a guided tour of our galleries will be offered in lieu of the Around the Block from El Museo tour.


Click here for more information and future tours.

El Museo's 20th Anniversary Gala
Thursday, May 16, 2013  
7:00pm - 11:30pm  
Cipriani 42nd Street

This spectacular event brings together luminaries from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, business, society, politics and the arts in order to raise crucial operating funds for the museum. Proceeds go toward El Museo's Education programs, which reached 13,000 students from over 150 schools, plus an additional 46,000 children and adults through free cultural celebration and public programs last year. These valuable programs help foster the next generation of critically thinking citizens in an environment that stimulates creativity, builds self- confidence, and fosters pride.

Ramiro Ortíz Mayorga 
Raúl Esparza
Ricardo Villela Marino, CEO, Latin America Banco Itaú  

Valentino Cartlotti  
Fe Fende 
Valentin Hernández 
Marie Unanue

Click here for more information and ticket purchase.
Pollo con Mole!
Tuesday - Friday, 11:00am - 3:30pm 
Saturday, 12:00pm - 3:30pm 
Sunday - Monday, Closed  
El Café @ El Museo 

Mole sauce, and dishes based on the sauce, are a staple of Mexican Cuisine. Visit El Café and sample this traditional Mexican dish.


¡Buen provecho!

Click here to see El Café's full menu.
Intern at El Museo!


El Museo is seeking talented, motivated college students and recent graduates to join our team this summer! Come gain valuable work experience and make connections through an internship in the department that best suits your career goals. Or, become a volunteer and help with exhibitions and public programs in your free time.


Click here for more information.


Become a Member Today!


For more than 40 years, El Museo del Barrio has offered free cultural programming for the community that is instructive and inspirational. Thanks to your generosity, El Museo is able to provide great art experiences right here in East Harlem. Our Members are very special to us and we rely on them to make our work possible.

 to become a member of El Museo del Barrio! Please contact Stephanie Rodriguez, Membership and Special Events Manager at (212) 660 7103 or srodriguez@elmuseo.org

to learn more.




La Tienda Children's Book Sale!

Wednesday - Saturday, 
11:00pm - 6:00pm 
Sunday - Tuesday, Closed 
La Tienda @ El Museo 


Super sales continue in La Tienda! Come to El Museo for your everyday shopping. Treat yourself or someone you love to a special gift. All Children's books are half off for the month of May! 
Print this coupon and bring to La Tienda for additional discounts!



   Photo credits listed in order from top to bottom:


  1. Roberto Juárez (Chicago, 1952), Worlds Away (Mundos de Distancia)1982, oil on canvas, 70 1/4 x 72 in., Gift of Efraim Grinberg.  
  2. Betsabee Romero (Mexico, 1963) Ayate con Perro (Ayate fabric with dog), 2005 Chromogenic print, 22 x 40 in. El Museo del Barrio, Gift of the artist and Ramis Barquet.
  3. Fernando Salicrup (New York, 1946) Una vez más, Colón (Once more, Columbus), 1978. Acrylic on linen, 54 x 44 in. El Museo del Barrio, New York.
  4. Miguel Luciano (Puerto Rico 1972; New York) Pelea de gallos, 2002. Acrylic on canvas wrapped over wood box 60 x 48 x 2 7/8 in. El Museo del Barrio, New York.
  5. Image courtesy of Amazon. 
  6. Image courtesy Roberto "Simply Rob" Vassilarakis.  
  7. Image courtesy of Ayano Hisa. 
  8. Image courtesy of El Museo.
  9. Image courtesy of HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP).
  10. Image courtesy of William Alatriste.
  11. Vik Muniz (Brazil 1961), The Green Monkey, after George Stubbs (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2011, Digital C-print, 84.375 in. x 71 in., Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins.   
  12. Image courtesy of Mary Villamizar.
  13. Image courtesy of Maritza Carmona.
  14. Image courtesy Gary Santana.    





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