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Encyclopedia > El Museo del Barrio

Founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican artists, educators,community activists and civic leaders, El Museo del Barrio is located at the top of Museum Mile in New York City (USA), in East Harlem a neighborhood also called 'El Barrio' and is the only museum dedicated to the celebration of Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean cultures. For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Museum Mile is the name for a section of Fifth Avenue, an avenue in Manhattan in the City of New York, running from 82nd to 105th streets on the Upper East Side in a neighborhood known as Carnegie Hill. ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... West Indian redirects here. ...



The museum features an extensive collection of pre-Columbian and traditional artifacts, particularly a large permanent Taíno exhibit, as well as 20th century arts and crafts. About eighty percent (80%) of the permanent collection is art made by Puerto Ricans. There are often temporary exhibits on Puerto Rican and Latino modern art. The museum also sponsors numerous festivals and educational programs throughout the year. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In archaeology, an artifact or artefact is any object made or modified by a human culture, and often one later recovered by some archaeological endeavor. ... The reconstruction of Taino village, Cuba The Taíno are pre-Colombian indigenous inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and some of the Lesser Antilles. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... Small wooden sculpture depicting a Native American mother holding her child. ... Dejeuner sur lHerbe by Pablo Picasso At the Moulin Rouge: Two Women Waltzing by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892 The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893 I and the Village by Marc Chagall, 1911 Fountain by Marcel Duchamp, 1917 Campbells Soup Cans 1962 Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two... A festival is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some unique aspect of that community. ...

Evolving mission

Originally, the museum was a creation of the Nuyorican Movement and Civil Rights Movement, and primarily functioned as a neighborhood institution serving Puerto Ricans in East Harlem. With the increasing size of the Latino population throughout New York City, of which Puerto Ricans are still the majority, the scope of the museum has expanded, breeding conflict with some artists, scholars, and neighborhood activists anxious to preserve its original mission. The Nuyorican Movement is an intellectual movement involving poets, writers, musicians and artists who are Puerto Ricans or of Puerto Rican descent and who live in or near New York City and call themselves or are known as Nuyoricans. The word Nuyorican derives from a combination of the words New... Spanish Harlem, also known as East Harlem or El Barrio, is a neighborhood in northeastern part of the borough of Manhattan, one of the largest predominantly Hispanic communities in New York City. ...


In the last decade the museum has seen a great growth in attendance figures, yet remains confined to one floor of its building, which it shares with several city institutions, including a school, and a few private organizations.

In recent years a plan was floated for the Museum of the City of New York, across the street from El Museo, to relocate to the historic Tweed Courthouse by City Hall in Lower Manhattan. El Museo would then have moved into the other museum's former building, dramatically expanding its available exhibition space. In the event, Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to site the new New York City Department of Education in the Tweed Courthouse instead, frustrating the efforts of both museums. The Museum of the City of New York is an art gallery and history museum founded in 1923 to present the history of New York City and its people. ... The old New York County Courthouse is known as the Tweed Courthouse, built in the American Victorian style with funds obtained by the infamous William M. Boss Tweed. The courthouse is located at 52 Chambers Street, constructed from 1861–1872 by the architect John Kellum and Thomas Little. ... Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born 14 February 1942) is a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, and the founder of Bloomberg L.P., currently serving as the Mayor of New York City. ... The New York City Department of Education is a department of the city of New York which runs almost all of the citys public schools. ...

After the failed relocation, El Museo has opted to pursue a $15 million project to transform its outdoor courtyard into an open glass lobby, café and performance space, and to provide a suitable public "face" to the street on the model of the renovated Brooklyn Museum. The project will not, however, increase exhibition space, which remains at a premium. The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, is the second largest art museum in New York City, and one of the largest in the United States. ...

See also

New York City is home to hundreds of cultural institutions and historic sites, many of which are internationally known. ... Education in New York City is provided by a vast number of public and private institutions. ...

External links

  • Official website

  Results from FactBites:
MoMA.org | Research Resources | METRO-MoMA Survey of Archives of Latino Art | El Museo del Barrio (1867 words)
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.
El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican parents, educators, artists, and community activists in East Harlem's Spanish-speaking el barrio, the neighborhood that extends from Ninety-sixth Street to the Harlem River and from Fifth Avenue to the East River on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
El Museo holds twenty-five interviews on videotape, undertaken in 2001 as the preliminary phase of a compilation of the history and timeline of El Museo.
Nuestro Museo Action Commitee (1660 words)
El Museo del Barrio was the outgrowth of a city-wide effort on the part of Puerto Rican and African American artists, educators and community activists to gain community control over education and social services.
El Museo may try to transcend its Puerto Rican origins but its permanent collection remains about 75 percent Puerto Rican, a factor which makes it a Puerto Rican institution regardless of what the board now desires it to be.
El Museo does not have a sizable Latin American collection at present and there is no acquisition plan or donation in the wings that I am aware of.
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