El Museo del Barrio: A Glimpse Into Spanish Harlem

By: Dylan Rodgers

Located on 5th Avenue between 104th and 105th Street in Spanish Harlem, El Museo del Barrio is in the midst of their sixth installment of The (S) Files:  a biennial of the most innovative art from Latin American and Caribbean artists.  Headed by their newly appointed museum director, Margarita Aguilar, The (S) Files 2011 explores the energy, events, and aesthetics of the street in both conventional approaches including graffiti and murals along other disciplines like music and fashion. El Museo also has quite an extensive permanent collection of Latin based art.

Since its founding in 1969, El Museo del Barrio has been the platform for the artistic voice of the Hispanic and Caribbean cultures.  It began as a purely Puerto Rican voice, but over time it has grown to encompass a far broader cultural spectrum.  El Museo has become New York's leading Latin cultural institution by showcasing the immense diversity in Latin and Caribbean arts.

So if you're hungry for some Latin flare in the form of vibrant, colorful art from cutting-edge street artists and music you can move your hips to, visit El Museo's The (S) Files exhibition.

For more on El Museo del Barrio click here.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, CLOSED Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

New Hours as of February 2, 2011:

Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm Wednesday, 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm-5:00pm