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

East Building Gallery. Hispanic Society Museum & Library

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

17 February–17 April, 2022 |  Thursday to Sunday: 12:00-6:00pm | Free admission | All visitors must show identification and proof of Covid-19 vaccination

Nuestra Casa: An Introduction. Narrated by Dr. Madeleine Haddon, Curator of the Exhibition

Section 1: Huntington, Spain, and the Foundations of the HSM&L

Section 2: A Collection Without Borders

Weekly Public Tours of Nuestra Casa:

Each Saturday (March, 5, 12, 19, and 26 and April, 2, 9, and 16) at 1:00pm. The tours are led by a docent. Space is limited. RSVP is required to (Include your personal contact information, number of guests and desired date. For groups larger than eight, a separate date/time may be arranged)


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 curator and art historian Dr. Madeleine Haddon, the exhibition will open to the public on February 17, 2022, and run through April 17, 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. Haddon undertakes a re-examination of various works from within the collection that have been historically defined as its “masterpieces.” This reconsideration is critical given our current moment: it is now more necessary than ever that our traditional historical and aesthetic hierarchies to be reassessed in order 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 work of El Greco, Goya and Sorolla; together with masterpieces in a range of mediums, the exhibition will feature works by many lesser-known artists whom the museum invites the public to discover for themselves.

The artworks featured in Nuestra Casa—many of which have been previously 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. The exhibition will include objects that have historically been considered the HSM&L’s masterpieces such as Francisco de Goya’s Duchess of Alba (1797) and Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of a Little Girl (c. 1638-42), to name but two.  These works will be exhibited alongside masterpieces by Latin American artists who have yet to receive prominent recognition, such as José Augustín Arrieta and José Campeche y Jordán.

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, 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 an art historian currently working on a 2022 exhibition on Henri Matisse at The Museum of Modern Art. She is also the Special Projects Manager at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Prior to MoMA, she was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Madeleine completed her PhD at Princeton University, where her dissertation, “Local Color: 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 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.
  2. All visitors are required to wear mask and maintain 6-foot distance between parties. Attendance is limited to 25%.
  3. Visitors who are sick and not feeling well are asked to stay home for the safety and well-being of others.
  4. Please consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information on Covid-19, and the New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory for updated information on travel guidelines.

The Hispanic Society requires all visitors follow these guidelines and reserves the right to ask visitors who do not comply with these guidelines to leave the premises.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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The exhibition has been made possible, in part, by the generous support of CNN en Español and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg, as well as the Trustees, Patrons, and Members of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library