Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Poet and Painter, Will Speak at El Museo

Walcott in 1992. (Brooks Kraft/AFP/Getty Images)

Some very fine news just landed in our inbox: Derek Walcott, the Saint Lucia–born poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be giving the keynote lecture at a symposium at El Museo del Barrio on the evening of Oct. 11. His lecture is titled “A Part of the Continent, from John Donne” and will be followed by a theatrical reading of his 1970 play Dream on Monkey Mountain. Read More

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Obama Will Nominate Museo del Barrio Director Emerita Susana Torruella Leval to National Museum Board

Susana Tourrella Leval, Dorothy Kosinski. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

The White House announced today that President Obama intends to nominate Susana Torruella Leval, the director emerita of New York’s Museum del Barrio, to the National Museum and Library Services Board. The 20-member group advises on matters pertaining to those fields and helps make selections for national medals related to them. Following Ms. Turruella Leval’s formal nomination, she will need to be confirmed by the Senate. Read More


El Museo del Barrio, Studio Museum, Queens Museum Plan Epic Caribbean Art Show

Arnaldo Roche Rabell, 'We Have to Dream in Blue,' 1986. (Courtesy of Walter Otero Gallery and El Museo del Barrio)

In a charming profile in the Daily News today, El Museo del Barrio curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado shares some details about “Caribbean, Crossroads of the World,” the gigantic upcoming exhibition of Caribbean art, from ca. 1804 to the present, which will be spread across the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio, beginning in June. Read More