Identity Reimagined: Reframing La Colección

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Identity Reimagined: Reframing La Colección

Special symposium dedicated to new scholarship that rethinks the critical histories that have shaped the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

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Join El Museo del Barrio for a special symposium dedicated to new scholarship that rethinks the critical histories that have shaped the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Together, we will contextualize El Museo’s unique intersection of art, activism, and Latinx culture, with specific emphasis on its founding Nuyorican community.

This conversation, made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art, marks the launch of El Museo’s most ambitious Permanent Collection study and initiative in over a decade.


El Museo del Barrio’s Curatorial team will share an introduction and overview of the symposium and the significance of the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Participants include.

  • Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio
  • Susanna V. Temkin, Curator, El Museo del Barrio


Nuyorican Histories will review Raphael Montañez-Ortíz’s original vision for El Museo del Barrio and its evolving relationship with the communities of East Harlem and local art networks such as En Foco and Taller Boricua. The importance of print culture and photography in Nuyorican activism will also be discussed. Participants include:

  • Ana Perry, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Oberlin College
  • Abigail Lapin Dardashti, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine
  • Serda Yalkin, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University


El Museo's featured speaker Adriana Zavala will explore histories of collecting and exhibiting Latinx art—as a category and concept that falls betwixt and between hegemonic frameworks-- in museums and other art institutions across the United States.

  • Adriana Zavala, Executive Director of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum; Associate Professor in art history and race, colonialism, and diaspora studies at Tufts University; and the current Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art


The intersecting histories and contemporary parallels of Chicanx art, Puerto Rican vanguards, and their afterlives will be discussed in this panel. Participants include:

  • Melissa M. Ramos Borges, Professor, Art History and Theory, University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez and Río Piedras)
  • Rose Salseda, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History, Stanford University


  • Pepón Osorio, Artist