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New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio Join Forces for Nueva York Exhibition

In an unprecedented collaboration, the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio presents Nueva York (1613-1945), the first museum exhibition to explore how New York’s long and deep involvement with Spain and Latin America has affected virtually every aspect of the city’s development, from commerce, manufacturing and transportation to communications, entertainment and the arts. Organized by the two institutions, Nueva York will be on view through January 9, 2011, at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street). Bringing together the resources of New York’s oldest museum and its leading Latino cultural institution, this exhibition will span more than three centuries of history: from the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s as a foothold against the Spanish empire to the present day, as represented by a specially commissioned documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns. Nueva York will bring this story to life with hands-on interactive displays, listening stations, video experiences and some 200 rare and historic maps, letters, paintings, drawings and other objects drawn from the collections of the two museums, as well as from many other distinguished institutions and private collections. According to Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, “The topic we address in Nueva York is so vast—spanning centuries and continents—and has so much to tell us about present-day national issues such as immigration, education and language.” Julián Zugazagoitia, outgoing Director and CEO of El Museo del Barrio, stated, “The tremendous impact of Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court has helped awaken people around the country to the integral, complex and powerful presence of Latinos in New York. But most people, including Latinos themselves, still do not appreciate how deeply our roots are sunk into this city, or how widely the branches of Latino cultures’ influence have spread. We are thrilled to be telling this story at last, and telling it with all the depth and expertise at our command.” Lead sponsorship of Nueva York is provided by Cablevision. Visit