"What Is Real?" - The New York Times Lens Blog, February 6, 2013
"Starting today, some 80 images will be on display in "superreal: alternative realities in photography and video," a new show at El Museo del Barrio, in East Harlem. What’s on display is shot with a documentarian’s eye, but includes a dose of mystery and otherworldliness. A spare-looking installation is designed to address the short attention span of the viewer in the digital age, forcing one to stop and look a little longer at how the images were created."
"Sonia Sotomayor - An Ordinary Woman?" - ABC News Univision, January 25, 2013
"Two days before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore in returning Vice President Joe Biden, she was paying a visit to El Barrio, or at least El Museo del Barrio, a thriving Latino art museum sitting at the edge of the rapidly gentrifying Spanish Harlem, to promote her new memoir, My Beloved Life (Knopf). She was greeted by a packed house of admirers, mostly Latino residents of New York, who came to be inspired by a woman whose exceptional achievements have made her a historical figure."
"Sotomayor asegura que no hay parte de su corazón que no sea de Puerto Rico" - El Diario la Prensa, January 20, 2013
"'Si no ves el valor de comunidad es difícil que triunfes', dijo la magistrada puertorriqueña durante un coloquio con la periodista María Hinojosa en el Museo de El Barrio, en Harlem, donde habló sobre su autobiografía 'Mi Mundo Adorado' ('My Beloved World')."
"Caribbean: Crossroads of the World - November 2012 Culture Spot" - nycgo.com, October 31, 2012
"The first-ever show of its kind, the extensive Caribbean: Crossroads of the World was 10 years in the making and organized by El Museo del Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. At El Museo del Barrio, the show examines themes relating to commerce and identity, explaining how sugar plantations, the oil industry, tourism and dreams of nationhood shaped the region and its artists. For even more highlights from the exhibition, listen to the Culture Spot podcast [linked in the article]."
"Chus Martínez Appointed Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio" - Art in America, October 17, 2012
"El Museo del Barrio, New York, has named Chus Martínez chief curator. Martínez worked for the last three years for Documenta (13), the quinquennial exhibition in Kassel, Germany, which closed last month. While helping to organize Documenta, Martinez was also chief curator at MACBA, Barcelona until 2011. In 2010, she was guest curator and advisor to the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, and in 2008 she was guest curator for SITE Santa Fe's Seventh International Biennial."
"El Museo Celebrates Death and Tradition" - New York Daily News, October 11, 2012
"El Museo del Barrio's month-long celebration for 'El Día de los Muertos,' also known as Day of the Dead, makes the ghosts and goblins of Halloween look like child's play. For well over a decade, the museum has provided the East Harlem Latino community a cultural space for this deeply felt celebration to find expressions and reach new audiences."
"Chus Martínez, comisaria jefe del Museo del Barrio de Nueva York" - El País, October 21, 2012
"El desempleo no afecta Chus Martínez (A Coruña, 1972). La comisaria gallega, barcelonesa de adopción, acaba de ser nombrada conservadora jefe del Museo del Barrio de Nueva York, en sustitución de Deborah Cullen. En el comunicado que anuncia el nombramiento, la directora del Museo del Barrio, la cubana Margarita Aguilar, asegura que 'Chus Martínez es una comisaria inspiradora que traerá un enfoque innovador y emocionante a nuestras colecciones y exposiciones'."
"Cultural crossroads" - THE MIAMI HERALD, AUGUST 26, 2012
"For many Miamians, the artists and even some works in the Caribbean art exhibition now on display in New York are familiar. But Caribbean: Crossroads of the World’s setting offers context that makes them feel fresh.
The exhibition engulfs three New York City museums— El Museo del Barrio, the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Queens Museum of Art — as it ambitiously attempts to present a 200-year history of the region through its art."
"Tropical Ambition" - The Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2012
"As a compelling reminder that New York may be the world's most populous and diverse 'Caribbean' city, the exhibitions also provide fascinating geopolitical lessons. But despite each museum's focus on two of the six themes that serve as general organizing principles, this valiant attempt at arranging works by 379 artists, borrowed from an impressive range of lenders and spanning more than two centuries, is most satisfying as an opportunity to see a great many first-rate yet unfamiliar or seldom-displayed artists."
"The Choreographer's Eye on Art" - The Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2012
"Garth Fagan does not mince words.
This I learned when the Jamaican-born choreographer—famous for his work on 'The Lion King' and beloved for his humane, unaffected approach to modern dance—joined me at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The occasion was a walk through its segment of the three-museum exhibit 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,' which looks at the history and culture of the region by way of about 500 works of art."