Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of The Hispanic Society Museum & Library

East Building Gallery. The Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets, New York NY 10032

17 February–17 April, 2022

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library (HSM&L) is pleased to present Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of The Hispanic Society Museum & Library, revealing a number of hidden gems from the expansive, permanent collections of the museum that comprise more than 750,000 objects. Organized by guest curator Dr. Madeleine Haddon, a curator and art historian in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition will open to the public on February 17, 2022, and run through April 10, 2022.

The objects featured in Nuestra Casa are part of the HSM&L’s permanent collection and present an artistic, literary and historical panorama of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America from antiquity to the modern age. As a rising curator, Haddon undertakes a re-examination of various works from within the collection that have been historically defined as ‘the masterpieces.’ This reassessment is particularly crucial given the current cultural climate: it is now more necessary than ever to view traditional art historical and aesthetic hierarchies through a new lens to make way for a new art history that fully incorporates the diverse populations to whom our public institutions belong. Through this new lens, Nuestra Casa demonstrates that the HSM&L’s collections extend well beyond the more famous works of El Greco, Goya and Sorolla; together with masterpieces in a range of mediums, the exhibition will feature works by lesser-known artists whom the museum invites the public to discover for themselves.

The works featured in Nuestra Casa—many of which have been overlooked by critics and art historians—range in origin from Spain and Mexico to Puerto Rico, Peru and beyond, and range in date from the 10th to the 20th century. These works, for example the 19th-century watercolors of Pancho Fierro or Miguel Viladrich Vilá’s The Man from Montevideo (1923-25), represent people of color and the diversity of Latin America. But they will be exhibited alongside the works that are more widely considered the HSM&L’s masterpieces: Francisco de Goya’s Duchess of Alba (1797) and Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of a Little Girl (c. 1638-42), to name but two.

Nuestra Casa reveals the HSM&L itself as a treasure to be discovered within New York City’s vibrant Washington Heights neighborhood. The exhibition will leave visitors with a better understanding of the HSM&L and its unparalleled collections that address nearly every aspect of the cultures of Spain, Portugal and Latin American, while also providing a rare opportunity to encounter and learn about the rich, diverse cultural heritage of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world through art and object.

About the Curator:

Madeleine Haddon is a curator and art historian in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, currently working on a 2022 exhibition on Henri Matisse. She is also currently the Special Projects Manager at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Prior to MoMA and CCL, she was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Madeleine completed her PhD at Princeton University, where her dissertation, “Local Colour: Race, Gender, and Spanishness in European Painting, 1855-1927,” focused on the preoccupation with race and color in 19th- and early 20th-century Spanish, French and American painting. Madeleine received a Fulbright Award in support of her dissertation research in Madrid at the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofia. She has previously held curatorial positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, Yale University Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, the Sally and Werner H. Kramarsky Collection and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Madeleine received her B.A. in Art History from Yale University in 2012 and has presented on her scholarship in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom and Argentina.

Visitor Guidelines:

COVID19. The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority

  1. In accordance with the New York City mandate, all visitors to the Hispanic Society Museum & Library must show identification and proof of Covid-19 vaccination, which may include a CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC COVID Safe App, New York State Excelsior Pass, NYC vaccination record, or an official immunization record from within or outside the United States. For additional information, please visit gov.
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