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August 27, 2018

Following Yearlong Renovation, El Museo del Barrio in New York to Reopen

NEW YORK—El Museo del Barrio, the New York institution dedicated to Latino and Latin American art and culture, has completed a yearlong refurbishment and will reopen to the public in September. The renovation included essential upgrades to its heating and air-conditioning systems and the construction of a new glass entryway. The museum also restored the murals featured in its theater, updated its lighting systems, and added a lift for its orchestra pit.

On September 13, the museum will open with a Liliana Porter solo show and a group photography exhibition. Curated by Humberto Moro, curator of exhibitions at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Art, “Liliana Porter: Other Situations” will present work from five decades of Porter’s career and is the fifth exhibition in El Museo del Barrio’s annual series of retrospectives of women artists. The group exhibition “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography,” organized by E. Carmen Ramos, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s deputy chief curator and curator of Latino art, will examine how Latino photographers depicted America’s urban streets when notions of the inner city began to emerge. The title of the exhibition is taken from Piri Thomas’s best-selling memoir Down These Mean Streets (Alfred A. Knopf, 1967), in which the author details his upbringing in New York City’s El Barrio, East Harlem.

“We are excited to inaugurate our new and improved Galerias this fall with two exceptional exhibitions that present diverse, complex, and thoughtful perspectives of our communities,” said Patrick Charpenel, who was named executive director of the institution last April.

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