Hunter East Harlem Gallery (HEHG) at Hunter College and El Museo del Barrio are pleased to present the exhibition QUEENIE: Selected artworks by female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s Collection. The group exhibition features a selection of works from the East Harlem-based museum’s Permanent Collection that prompt a multifarious dialogue not only around society and gender but simultaneously refutes a homogenized view of Latinx art. With a particular focus on female artists from the Caribbean, Latin America, and the larger Latinx diaspora, QUEENIE explores the roles women have played in El Museo del Barrio’s history and its impact on the local East Harlem community.

Including works by Tania Bruguera, Margarita Cabrera, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Melba Carillo, Marta Chilindron, Alessandra Expósito, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Dulce Gomez, Cristina Hernández Botero, Carmen Herrera, Jessica Kairé, Carmen Lomas Garza, Evelyn López de Guzmán, Anna Maria Maiolino, Ana Mendieta, Marina Núñez del Prado, Liliana Porter, Raquel Rabinovich, Scherezade, Nitza Tufiño, among others.

QUEENIE takes its title from a sculpture by Alessandra Expósito, a painted horse skull that illustrates an imagined story of a young girl and her pet horse. As part of the exhibition, HEHG has invited three NYC-based artists: Melissa Calderón, Alessandra Expósito, and Glendalys Medina to respond to the exhibition with a commissioned artwork that further explores the connections among the collecting process, societal change, and gendered experience.

QUEENIE is organized by Arden Sherman, Curator, Hunter East Harlem Gallery; Noel Valentin, Permanent Collection Manager, El Museo del Barrio; Elizaveta Shneyderman, Gallery Manager, Hunter East Harlem Gallery; and Olivia Gauthier, Gund Curatorial Fellow, Hunter College.