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Thursday, August 27, 2020

El Museo Del Barrio - what's new in New York City

Playing the Pompa, El Barrio, 1980s.  Submitted by Ashley Soleil and Santos Rodríguez.

Mi Barrio: Memories of Home 
In partnership with Nuevayorkinos 
On View Now 

Explore our virtual family album, Mi Barrio: Memories of Home in partnership with Nuevayorkinos, a digital visual archive dedicated to New York City's Latinx population. The images aim to highlight the long-standing presence and cultural contributions of Latinx communities in our home of El Barrio (East Harlem). Below is a personal narrative of the image above by Ashley Soleil and Santos Rodríguez.

Playing the Pompa. El Barrio, 1980s. 

"Anytime summer comes around in NY the pompas were the place to be. It's how the kids kept cool and close enough for us to see them. You would get a kidney bean Goya can and take both sides out and use it to control the water. We didn't need a water park or Six Flags. This was our Six Flags. No video games. Outside was where it was at. These kids don't know what they're missing."

"Cada vez que llega el verano en Nueva York, las bombas de agua eran el lugar para estar. Así es como los niños se mantenían lo suficientemente frescos y lo suficientemente cerca como para que los podamos ver. Conseguirías una lata de Goya de frijoles y sacarías ambos lados y la usarías para controlar el agua. No necesitábamos un parque acuático o Six Flags. Esta fue nuestro Six Flags. No había videojuegos. Afuera es donde había que estar. Estos niños no saben lo que se están perdiendo."

     Andrés Curruchich, Plaza de Comalapa [Comalapa Square], c. 1940
Collection Fundación para el Desarrollo del Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena, Guatemala.
On view NOW

El Museo del Barrio presents Popular Painters & Other Visionaries the museum's first online exhibition examining the works of more than 30 artists working on the margins of modernism and the mainstream art world from the Americas and the Caribbean. Curated by El Museo's Chief Curator, Rodrigo Moura, the virtual survey features nearly 30 works from El Museo del Barrio's Permanent Collection, several of them presented for the first time.
     Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Umbanda, 1968
Collection Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP)
In Convo: Popular Painters & Other Visionaries 
TONIGHT! Wednesday, August 26 | 6 - 7pm 
FREE | Live via Zoom | To RSVP, click here.
(Instructions to log on will be sent via email to registrants prior to the event)

Explore El Museo's first online exhibition, Popular Painters & Other Visionaries with the museum's Chief Curator, Rodrigo Moura, and Chief Curator of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), Tomás Toledo! Featuring several artists included in the online survey, the conversation will center around Brazilian modernism in relation with non canonical visual sources, as well as both institutions' commitment to presenting artists working in the margins of modernism.
Somxs Podemx | Poncilí Creación
Thursday, August 27 | 6 - 7pm 
FREE | Live via Zoom | To RSVP, click here.
(Instructions to log on will be sent via email to registrants prior to the event)

Join La Trienal curators in discussion with Puerto Rican performance duo Poncilí Creación about their performance practice, self described as, "speculative alchemy" and the debut presentation of Somxs Podemx, the newly commissioned online artist project for ESTAMOS BIEN - LA TRIENAL 20/21.
Obituaries of the American Dream | Lizania Cruz

Share your story! A part of ESTAMOS BIEN - LA TRIENAL 20/21, the museum's first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art, artist Lizania Cruz encourages everyone to think about When and How the American Dream Died for you? The online participatory project considers how the ideal's roots in individualism and hard work pertain to U.S. society today, especially in the context of a pandemic. 
Sábado Familiar: Samba with Danielle Lima
Saturday, August 29 | 11am - 12pm 
FREE | Live via Zoom | To RSVP, click here.
(Instructions to log on will be sent via email to registrants prior to the event)

Inspired by El Museo's new online exhibition Popular Painters and Other Visionaries, join Cumbe Dance's Danielle Lima for a Samba Dance workshop! Bring la familia and move to the rhythms of samba, samba reggae, samba rock and funk, and pagode from Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, and learn more about its African origins and history, native to Brazil.

Join our efforts to preserve and present Latinx art and culture by making a gift or becoming a member today! 

Your contribution and participation will help us expand the El Museo en tu Casa initiative and enable us to continue serving our communities.


Latinos have been undercounted for decades. Now, more than ever, a full and accurate count is crucial so that our city receives its fair share of resources and representation for years to come. 

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