Like a playground bully sitting on another kid’s diorama, painters transform a 3-D world into a 2-D scene. Examine artistic depths with this Groupon.
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$25 for a one-year Amigo membership (a $50 value)
- Free gallery admission with admission for one guest per visit
- Invitations to all exhibition openings
- 10% discount at La Tienda and El Café
$50 for a one-year Supporter membership (a $100 value)
- All Amigo membership benefits
- One additional guest pass per visit
- Invitation to a guided exhibition tour
- Reciprocal admission at select museums across the country
- Priority seating at select performances
El Museo del Barrio New York
The year was 1969. In east and central Harlem, African-Americans and Puerto Ricans began to demand that their children’s schools address their cultural heritage in all its diversity. In response, the school district appointed artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz to create educational materials. But instead of writing textbooks, Ortiz founded El Museo del Barrio New York, a nonprofit that originally showcased work that reflected the Puerto Rican diaspora throughout a series of brownstones and storefronts.
Today, El Museo del Barrio New York has a spacious permanent home and an expansive permanent collection of 6,500 pieces of Caribbean, Latino, and Latin American art. Of those, 1,500 capture the postwar struggles and triumphs of the Latino community through paintings, photographs, and mixed-media works mostly created by New-York-based artists. Other galleries showcase 20th- and 21st-century fine-art prints from Mexico and Puerto Rico, more than 80 Mexican and Guatemalan masks, and pan-Caribbean archeological objects such as Johnny Depp’s authentic pirate costume.
El Museo del Barrio New York honors the Latino community not only through art, but also through annual cultural celebrations such as the Day of the Dead and the Three Kings Day Parade. The museum also hosts talks with exhibiting artists, monthly screenings of new films from the Americas, and a monthly spoken-word series that features Latino poets.