Navideño: Three Kings and Nativities from the Permanent Collection

On View: December 1, 2015 – January 9, 2015

This special exhibition will lead to and coincide with one of the most important popular traditions in many Puerto Rican and Latin American cultures, Three Kings Day, celebrated on January 6. Since 1978, El Museo del Barrio has commemorated Día de los Tres Reyes by organizing a community parade through East Harlem. This exhibition highlights some of the Three Kings and Nativity-related objects from El Museo’s permanent collection.
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Figure and Form: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection

On View: December 22, 2015 – December 4, 2016

This exhibition features a selection of recent acquisitions to El Museo’s permanent collection. Works of photography, prints, sculpture, and ceramics accompany paintings in this multimedia exhibition that highlights the iconic presence of the human form in various ways. Quiet moments of (self-)reflection are seen, as are individual statements about the possibilities of a particular material, such as wood or stoneware.The exhibition highlights the importance and generosity of collectors, artists, foundations and other institutions in the growth and development of El Museo’s collection.
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On View: February 3, 2016 – April 30, 2016

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of MoMA’s The Responsive Eye, this exhibition presents a Latin American perspective that both celebrates and challenges the 1965 show. Illusive Eye reexamines the phenomenon of op art and geometrical abstraction. El Museo’s exhibition will feature works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Uruguay, as well as Europe and the United States.
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On View: May 25, 2016 – September 17, 2016

Fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez is the subject of a solo exhibition that features his drawings of many different kinds of garments, prototypes for fantasy shoes, his well-known instamatic photographs, portraits of various fashion world luminaries and archival photographs and various other objects. The artist’s daring exploration of race, gender and the body through fashion are key elements of the exhibition.
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Detail of Grupo Cabán The Nativity (El Nacimiento) Related to: Santos de Palo, Nacimiento The Nativity, mid 19th-mid 20th Century, 21 painted wood figures in manger, 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (23.5 x 23.5 x 14.6 cm), El Museo Purchase Fund | Detail of Julio Alpuy, El jardín del amor, 1964, carved and incised wood, 46 1/4 x 40 1/8 x 5 1/4 inches (117.5 x 101.9 x 13.3 cm), Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York, Gift of Joana Alpuy [acc#2010.14.75] Photo: Jason Mandella Artwork: © Joana Alpuy Image: © El Museo del Barrio, New York | Detail of Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie 321-B, Paris 1967, Cardboard, vynil paint and plastic inserts mounted on wood, 60,5 x 364 cm (23 5/8 x 143 3/8²), Colección Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenas Aires (MACBA)© Adagp, Paris 2015 | Detail of Antonio Lopez, Portrait: Angelo Colon, 1982, Pencil/watercolor on paper, 31 x 23 inches, [Ramos / Antonio:Three Decades of Fashion Illustration / London: Thames & Hudson, 1995 / p.160]