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Susana Torruella Leval relates her experience as curator and director of El Museo del Barrio throughout the 1990s. She discusses the process of maintaining professional standards of care for the museum collections of Puerto Rican, Latino, and Latin American art. Leval also discusses landmark exhibitions executed during her tenure, such as Santos: Sculptures Between Heaven and Earth (1998); Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean (1998); and Pressing the Point: Parallel Expressions in the Graphic Arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements (2000).
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.
Susana Torruella Leval served as chief curator of El Museo del Barrio from 1990 to 1993 and as executive director from 1993 to 2002. Since 2002, she became director emeritus. The essay, “El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection: Revealing a Treasure,” was written in celebration of El Museo’s thirty-fifth anniversary.