Navideño: Three Kings and Nativities from El Museo’s Permanent Collection

On View December 1, 2015 to January 9, 2016

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. A group of delicate wood-carvings by Puerto Rico’s santeros, depicting The Three Kings, are juxtaposed with Nativity scenes from various Latin American countries. Objects like these are typically displayed in the homes of those who celebrate the tradition, from December 6 to the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Accompanying these objects are traditional holiday posters by artists Antonio Maldonado and Lorenzo Homar. Also featured is a painting on the Three Kings theme by artist Scherezade García, introducing a contemporary version of this historic iconography.

This display is organized in honor of Carmen Ana and Joseph Unanue, friends and benefactors of El Museo del Barrio.

Antonio Maldonado, Programa de Navidad, 1980, Silk screen Overall, 33 3/4 x 25 x 1 1/2,in., acc.#W91.853.1 Published by: División de Educación de la Comunidad (DivEdCo) Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York