El Museo del Barrio’s Board of Trustees creates a Mission Task Force composed of Board and staff members to reconsider the wording of the 1994 mission statement.
JANUARY 25–APRIL 7
Historia de la isla: Graphic works by Puerto Rican Artists 1968–1980, curated by Nellie Escalante, is presented. The exhibition highlights prints and posters by 15 Puerto Rican artists in El Museo del Barrio’s collection whose themes address political issues pertinent to the island of Puerto Rico.
JANUARY 25–APRIL 7
Recent Acquisitions: Works from El Museo’s Collection, curated by Fatima Bercht, is on view. The exhibition presents notable acquisitions from the past five years, including a large-scale installation, paintings, drawings, prints, and a group of masks.
JANUARY 25–APRIL 7
Contemporánea: Portrait, a sitespecific installation by Carla Preiss, is on view. Curated by Fatima Bercht, this inaugurates the Contemporánea series (designed by Susana Torruella Leval), dedicated to site-specific, commissioned installations selected for their polemic and innovative format.
JANUARY 25–MAY 5
Leandro Katz: Two Projects/A Decade, curated by Julia P. Herzberg, is on view. The exhibit presents The Catherwood Project and Project for the Day You’ll Love Me, and is accompanied by a 24-page catalogue.
APRIL 18–AUGUST 4, 1996
Image and Memory: Photography from Latin America, 1880–1992, curated by Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director of FotoFest’s International Festival of Photography, Houston, organized and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators, Inc.), is on view. The travelling exhibition includes 141 photographs from 9 Latin American countries (Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, El Salvador, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru) and it is accompanied by a 450-page book. It includes photographs by: Alicia Damico, Sara Facio, Eduardo Gil, Annemarie Heinrich, Oscar Pintor, Grete Stern, Juan Travnik, Mário Cravo Neto, Marc Ferrez, Penna Prearo, Miguel Río Branco, Cássio Vasconcellos, Pedro Vásquez, Benjamín de la Calle, Fernell Franco, Becky Mayer, Jorge Obando, Jorge Ortíz, Melitón Rodríguez, Juan Camilo Uribe, Juan José de Jesús Yas, Luis González Palma, Flor Garduño, Crisanto Cabrera, Filiberto Cabrera, Martín Chambi, Juan Manuel Figueroa- Aznar, Sebastián Rodríguez, Carlos Vargas, Miguel Vargas, Mario Marotta, Juan Angel Urruzola, Alexander Apóstol, Fran Beaufrand, Luis Brito, Nelson Garrido, Edgar Moreno, Vasco Szinetar, and others.
The Mission Task Force rewords the 1994 mission statement. The 1996 mission statement reads, “El Museo del Barrio will collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret and promote the artistic heritage of Latin Americans, primarily in the United States.”
JUNE 11–SEPTEMBER 15
Contemporánea: Working Shoes, a site-specific installation by Ana Busto, curated by Fatima Bercht, is on view.
AUGUST 15–SEPTEMBER 8
Eloy Blanco: Pursuits in Painting, curated by Fatima Bercht, is on view.
AUGUST 15–OCTOBER 13
ADAL: Out of Focus Nuyoricans, curated by Fatima Bercht, is on view.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1996– JANUARY 12, 1997
The Liberated Print: The Portfolio in Puerto Rican Graphics, organized by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and curated by Dr. Teresa Tió, is presented. The exhibition includes prints by José R. Alicea, Luis Alonso, Angel Casiano, Wilfredo Chiesa, Carlos Dávila Rinaldi, Juan Díaz, Rafael Ferrer, Consuelo Gotay, Anaida Hernández, Manuel Hernández Acevedo, Luis Hernández Cruz, Lorenzo Homar, Antonio Maldonado, Victor Maldonado, Carlos Marichal, Antonio Martorell, Marta Matos, José Meléndez Contreras, Héctor Méndez Caratini, Roberto Moya, Luis Muñoz Lee, Ida Nieves Collazo, María de Mater O’Neill, Francisco Palacios, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Rubén Aponte, Rafael Rivera Rose, Félix Rodríguez Báez, José Rosa Castellanos, Nelson Sambolín, Samuel Sánchez, Carmelo Sobrino, Julio Suárez, José Antonio Torres Martinó, Robert Tort, Rafael Tufiño, Isabel Vázquez, and Eduardo Vera Cortés. It is accompanied by a 70-page catalogue. FALL El Museo del Barrio is awarded a multi-year Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Collections Accessibility Initiative, which, over five years, funds a series of exhibitions, publications, education programs and outreach activities that make El Museo’s Permanent Collection more accessible to a larger public.
NOVEMBER 1996–MARCH 1999
Santos: Sculptures Between Heaven and Earth, curated by Fatima Bercht, inaugurates a five-year series of exhibitions entitled, The Caribbean and Latin American Traditional Arts Series, which highlight El Museo del Barrio’s prominent collection of santos de palo. The first part focuses on santos made in Puerto Rico. These installations rotate each Christmas to feature the Three Kings, the Nacimiento, and related iconographies.
Carolina Ponce de León, former Curator of Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, is hired as Curator. Fatima Bercht becomes a part-time Associate Curator.
DECEMBER 1996– APRIL 13, 1997
Contemporánea: The Persistence of Sorrow, a site-specific installation by María Elena González, curated by Fatima Bercht, and accompanied by a 6-page brochure, is on view.