A Grand Re-Opening
October 19, 2009
After being closed for renovations for 17 months, El Museo del Barrio will shows its new face to the public this weekend.
The museum will celebrate its reopening Saturday with a full schedule of special events starting with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Two bands -- Zon del Barrio and Yerba Buena -- will perform. The day will also feature a family art workshop, storytelling, walking tours of the museum's very own barrio and a salsa concert. The festivities end with a preview of Soledad O'Brien's upcoming film "Latino in America" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Visitors also will be able to view the inaugural exhibitions at the reopened museum. "Voces y Visiones" traces the museum's history from its founding in 1969 to today with over 150 pieces from its large collection.
"Nexus New York" explores the connection between Latin American, U.S. Latino and American artists working in New York at the beginning of the 20th century and features some 75 works by Latin artists as well as photos, magazines and books and other contextual materials.
"The exhibition serves as testimony to the universal language of art and our culture," museum director Julian ZugazagoitŪa has said. "It celebrates that our heritage and traditions are shared by everyone; that increasingly we share more with Latinos and non-Latinos, that artists cross the bridge."
The exhibition will be on display until Feb. 28.
For more on the celebration, go here. For information on the museum, including exhibitions and visiting hours, go to El Museo del Barrio.