"Testimonios" at El Museo del Barrio

While Hispanic culture is a vital part of New York City, especially in Spanish Harlem, its art is not often portrayed on NYC's gallery walls. A neglect of this culture is like neglecting New York's immigrant origins and one of the US' fastest growing populations today. This is, indeed, the central theme of El Museo del Barrio's latest special exhibition.

El Museo del Barrio was originally founded in 1969 by Raphael Montaa±ez Ortiz, who astutely noted that Latino artwork was rarely featured in New York City's mainstream art museums.  Helping to fill the void and enrich the Harlem landscape, El Museo del Barrio has become a beacon for Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American art.  Tonight's festivities will honor the museum's current temporary exhibit, "Testimonios: 100 Years of Popular Expression," which will be featured until May 6.

"Testimonios" consists of various loaned pieces from other NYC museums, as well as rarely-seen works from El Museo's permanent collection.  All of these pieces of "popular expression" were originally crafted by non-traditionally trained makers, such as Gregorio Marzan, Marta­n Rama­rez, and Margarita Cabrera.  In addition to "Testimonios," the permanent exhibition, "Voces y Visiones: Gran Caribe," will also be on display.

El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 5th Ave., near 104th Street, NYC 10029, tel. (212) 831-7272.  Admission is by suggested donation (varying by age group and by day of the week).  While at El Museo, visit El Cafe for an authentic taste of Latin and Caribbean cuisine, to enhance your experience in Spanish Harlem.

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