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El Museo del Barrio

Museums, Special interest East Harlem
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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Located in Spanish Harlem (a.k.a. El Barrio), El Museo del Barrio is dedicated to the work of Latino artists who reside in the U.S., as well as Latin American masters. The 6,500-piece permanent collection ranges from pre-Colombian artifacts to contemporary installations. The space also features updated galleries, an exposed courtyard for programming and events, and a Pan-Latino cafe that serves tacos, chili, and rice and beans.


Venue name: El Museo del Barrio
Address: 1230 Fifth Ave
New York
Cross street: between 104th and 105th Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun noon–5pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 103rd St
Price: Suggested donation $9, seniors and students $5, members and children under 12 free. Every third Saturday free. Get free admission to Museum of the city of New York.
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  • Contemporary art Until Sunday September 29 2019

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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I'll start this review by saying I've worked at MoMA and the Met so I am a little bias when it comes to museum reviews. The space is small, really small. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn't prepared for the size of it. The exhibition on was about a fashion illustrator-it was interesting, but nothing to write home about. While I don't think it was an amazing museum I think it is a very important one. The Hispanic community has had a significant influence over the neighborhood so it's great to see a museum dedicated to showing that history.

Me encanta el Museo del Barrio porque tiene gallerías muy pequeñas creando un lugar personal y accesible. Cuando lo vistamos, el guía habló sobre un exhibición de arte nuevo en el museo. A mí interesa que la exhibición no tiene un tema especifico porque el arte fue muy diferente pero la gallería sintió cohesiva.

Usualmente me prefiero cuadros a fotografías pero en este caso, mi obra favorita era una serie de fotografías sobre pena. Dos artistas, Abou Farman y Leonor Caraballo, artistas contemporáneos de películas, fotos y medio mixtos, crearon los retratos que muestran un momento que es íntimo y distante. Como el museo, los retrasos son muy personales de manera que podía sentir una partede la pena de la gente. La pena después un muerte me y muchas personas son familiar y los fotos hablan a este sentimiento universal. El guía nos dijo que los artistas crearon otras obras sobre dolor y horror, por ejemplo, una cartelera con fotos de gente horrorizada en las noticas. Es posible que otras personas crean que estas obras son morbosas pero yo creo que arte debe causar un reacción emocional. 

A must see if you are interested in Latino and Latin American folk art. I really enjoyed my time here and Museo del Barrio isn't stuffy like lots of museums. If you're into contemporary or folk art at all you really need to stop by. There are also a lot of events here with live music, dancing and the opportunity to make your own art.