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April 21 2014

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A Night At The Museo

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El Museo del Barrio threw a fiesta for its patrons last night to unveil its new renovation, a year and a half in the making. “It’s great to have the lights back on and the art back up,” wrote The New York Times yesterday about the dusted-off and expanded Fifth Avenue space, and partygoers like Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Christian Cota looked inclined to agree. The museum is reopening with a pair of exhibitions, Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis and Voces y Visiones. The former—which includes this painting, Fourteenth Street, 1920, by Joaquín Torres García—is a chronological history of Latino art in New York in the first part of the last century. The latter show features highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. The official ribbon-cutting is tomorrow morning; after that, El Museo is hosting another party, this one open to the public and free.

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104 Street; elmuseo.org

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