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OVER THE TABLE: Artist Portfolio Review

June 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


CALLING ALL ARTISTS! El Museo del Barrio’s Curatorial team is inviting artists of Puerto Rican, Latinx, Latin American, or Caribbean descent to register for a twenty-minute portfolio review. This season, OVER THE TABLE, a part of the Office Hours project, offers art practitioners in different stages of their development the opportunity to engage in one-on-one discussions about their work or an upcoming project with one curator. These informal exchanges seek to turn the traditional artist-curator portfolio review into an act of camaraderie between individuals working in the same field.

This portfolio review features two outstanding New Jersey curators; Henone Girma from the Newark Museum and Mary Birmingham from the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.

– Open to artists of Puerto Rican, Latinx, Latin American, or Caribbean descent living in the greater NYC metropolitan area.
– Bring images of your work (in whatever format you choose) and the equipment that you will need to present it properly. Free Wi-Fi is available in El Museo’s Café. Please do not bring any actual works of art to El Museo; this is against the Museum’s insurance policy.
– You must be at El Café five minutes before the time allocated for your meeting and expect to be at El Museo for up to an hour. Late arrivals may not be seen

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To RSVP for 3:00pm, click here.
To RSVP for 4:00pm, click here.


Since 2010, Mary Birmingham has been Curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, where she directs an ambitious program of contemporary art exhibitions.  She began her career at the Whitney Museum, and for nine years was a member of the curatorial department of the Montclair Art Museum.  From 2007–2010, she was Director of Exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ.  Birmingham received an MA in Art History from Hunter College, with a concentration in American Modernism and is the author of Dynamic Impulse:  The Drawings of Stuart Davis.  She has organized numerous exhibitions, and has written and lectured on a variety of topics in American and contemporary art.

Henone Girma holds a graduate degree from New York University and currently works as a Research Associate in the Arts of Global Africa department at the Newark Museum. She is a Harlem resident and is involved with the uptown arts initiative, Art in Flux, where she recently curated the show Woe-nderland. Ms. Girma is passionate about advocating for the arts as well as empowering and nurturing artists. She has worked with various not-for-profit arts organizations such as Arts to Grow and Arts Unbound in New Jersey. She also strives to support individual artists by helping them become aware of best practices in realizing professional opportunities and securing a platform for their work.

OH is comprised of a series of actions spread throughout El Museo del Barrio’s facilities for which multi-disciplinary artist Nicolas Dumit Estévez invites the various departments of El Museo to operate at a horizontal level with its own exhibition space. OH conceives El Museo and the museum as a holistic work of art; that is, a living artwork existing beyond the boundaries of the exhibition space and co-mingling with life. OH [Office Hours] © 2013 Nicolás Dumit Estévez


June 21
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
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