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  • ICAA Record ID
    799070
    TITLE
    Image in the collective memory / Petra Barreras del Rio
    IN
    Voces y visiones :  Highlights from El Museo del Barrios permanent collection : El Museo del Barrio 1969-2004. -- New York, NY : El Museo del Barrio, 2003
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 22 - 31
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION

    Barreras del Rio, Petra. "Image in the collective memory." In Voces y visiones : Highlights from El Museo del Barrios permanent collection : El Museo del Barrio 1969-2004, 22- 31. New York, NY: El Museo del Barrio, 2003.

    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    exhibitions (events); Latino; museum administration; Puerto Rican
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this essay, Petra Barreras del Río relates her experience as curator and interim director of El Museo del Barrio throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. She describes the process of building up the financial and administrative resources of the museum during an era of waning government support for the arts (NEA). Also discussed are landmark exhibitions executed during her tenure such as: Puerto Rican Painting Between Past and Present, and retrospectives of Rafael Ortiz and Pepón Osorio. Barreras concludes that El Museo del Barrio’s significance lies in establishing new paradigms of museum practice that embrace inclusiveness and honor the Latino immigrant experience in the United States.

Annotations

Founded in 1969, El Museo del Barrio was the first Puerto Rican museum established in New York. City. In the 1990s, El Museo’s goal was revised as follows: “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.” Petra Barreras served as curator of El Museo from 1977 to 1978 and, later on, as director from 1986 to 1993. Her essay, “Image in the Collective Memory,” was written in celebration of El Museo’s thirty-fifth anniversary.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Petra E. Barreras del Río, Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Courtesy El Museo del Barrio ["Image in the Collective Memory", Petra E. Barreras del Río by EL Museo del Barrio), 2003, New York, NY