Head uptown the third Saturday of every month when El Museo del Barrio presents a free afternoon of engaging family programming, including art, films, spoken word and other activities. Today's edition revolves around the holidays; expect crown-making, storytelling and more.
Celebrate las fiestas with El Museo! Join the parranda on December 20, from noon – 5:30 p.m., and enjoy holiday activities including crown-making and storytelling.
During your visit, you can enjoy the exhibitions on-view:
- Las Galerías MARISOL: Sculptures and Works on Paper Check out Marisol’s first museum retrospective in New York City, featuring 30 works—both sculptures and works on paper from 1955 to 1998. Themes include women’s roles, Native Americans, art history, and more.
- PLAYING WITH FIRE: Political Interventions, Dissident Acts, and Mischievous Actions Guest curated by multidisciplinary artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez, the works, drawn from El Museo’s Permanent Collection, target colonialism, imperialism, urban neglect, and cultural hegemony with a vast array of weapons, including irreverence and humor.
From noon until 3 p.m., families can stop by the lobby and pick up activity cards to help you and your loved ones explore themes and objects inspired by our collection in Las Galerías. You can also participate in a parranda with BOMBAYO 1:00pm-1:45pm. Join BombaYo for a lively parranda to celebrate the holiday season!
From noon until 3 p.m., you can stop by the Winter Market and pick-up gifts for the whole family from local artists and shops in El Barrio. You can also participate in an art making workshop, manos a la obra, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., El Taller . Create your own festive crown and become an honorary king or queen!
Take in storytelling, COLORIN COLORADO with Mary Ann Bonet from 12:00pm & 2:00pm, Black Box Theater . Join us for an afternoon of storytelling with Mary Ann Bonet celebrating Three Kings Day traditions.
Enjoy the Third Annual El Sistema NY/NJ Showcase from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., in El Teatro . Enjoy an orchestral performance by members of El Sistema NY/NJ, a network of local initiatives inspired by the world-renowned Venezuelan music program that transforms young people’s lives through music. Share in the holiday spirit and sing along with family and friends in this afternoon of wonderful carols!
The mission of El Museo del Barrio is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Through its extensive collections, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals and special events, El Museo educates its diverse public in the richness of Caribbean and Latin American arts and cultural history. By introducing young people to this cultural heritage, El Museo is creating the next generation of museum-goers, while satisfying the growing interest in Caribbean and Latin American art of a broad national and international audience.
El Museo was founded 45 years ago by artist and educator Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who noted that mainstream museums largely ignored Latino artists. Since its inception, El Museo has been committed to celebrating and promoting Latino culture, thus becoming a cornerstone of El Barrio, and a valuable resource for New York City. El Museo’s varied permanent collection of over 6,500 objects, spans more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art, includes pre-Columbian Taíno artifacts, traditional arts, twentieth-century drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations, as well as prints, photography, documentary films, and video. For a brief overview of our history and to explore the institutional chronology and exhibition history year by year,