The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture Where Preservation Meets Inspiration Vision: A Cultural Center for All People NMPRAC is about the past, present and future. It provides a one-of-a-kind showcase for the vast array of traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican arts.
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It tells the story of the contributions of people from Puerto Rico in the making of this city and of this nation. It is a cultural center for all people. By virtue of its location, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, IPRAC offers a unique insight into the Puerto Rican experience that is not offered by any other institution; a facility that can merge major art, historic and anthropological exhibitions with authentic community lectures and workshops.

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Let NMPRAC Help You Journey Through Puerto Rico, Visit the "WEST COAST".The Beaches of Cabo Rojo, Surfing in Rincón.Maya...
01/21/2021
NMPRAC West Final

Let NMPRAC Help You Journey Through Puerto Rico, Visit the "WEST COAST".

The Beaches of Cabo Rojo, Surfing in Rincón.
Mayaguez, home to one of the most renowned Universities in the Caribbean, also has Ice Cream flavors of the island and great Bakeries.

Explore the "WEST COAST" of the Island.

https://youtu.be/8PDK1kPcUes

ESCAPE TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICONEVER BEEN TO PUERTO RICO? Let NMPRAC Help You Escape and Get Started in "SAN JUAN".Explo...
01/14/2021
ESCAPE TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

ESCAPE TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

NEVER BEEN TO PUERTO RICO? Let NMPRAC Help You Escape and Get Started in "SAN JUAN".

Explore the Capital of the Island, but leave the diet at home and walk the cobblestone streets of Old San!

NEVER BEEN TO PUERTO RICO? Let NMPRAC Help You Escape and Get Started in "SAN JUAN".Explore the Capital of the Island, but leave the diet at home and walk th...

Free Covid testing - Tuesday, Jan 12th from 9am - 4pm.
01/06/2021

Free Covid testing - Tuesday, Jan 12th from 9am - 4pm.

Free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 @ 3015 W. Division (Parking Lot) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
✅Nasal swab testing will be available
✅No insurance necessary
✅Results in less than a week
For more information, call (773) 799-8219 or email [email protected]

Escape to the Center of Puerto Rico Our physical travels may be limited at this time, but it doesn't stop us from taking...
01/06/2021
NMPRAC Center

Escape to the Center of Puerto Rico

Our physical travels may be limited at this time, but it doesn't stop us from taking a virtual trip to our Isla del Encanto. We enlisted Jessica van Dop DeJesus, the author of the book, The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico, to take us on a tour of Puerto Rico and take us on a journey along the different geographical regions of the island.

In this video, we head to El Centro, the center of Puerto Rico. El campo, la montaña is the heart of the island and its culinary traditions. Have lechón in Guavate, take in Casa Vieja's views in Ciales, or head to Lares for their famous ice cream and coffee.

We hope you enjoy this video and hope we can all travel back to the island soon!

https://youtu.be/vOeWTJnNgDg

Title: Escape to the Center of Puerto Rico : Central Puerto RicoOur physical travels may be limited at this time, but it doesn't stop us from taking a virtua...

Free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 @ 3015 W. Division (Parking Lot) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ✅Nasal swab testi...
01/04/2021

Free COVID-19 Testing on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 @ 3015 W. Division (Parking Lot) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
✅Nasal swab testing will be available
✅No insurance necessary
✅Results in less than a week
For more information, call (773) 799-8219 or email [email protected]

Feliz Navidad from the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture CEO, the Board and staff!!
12/25/2020

Feliz Navidad from the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture CEO, the Board and staff!!

Celebrating Las Navidades/The Holidays at Chicago's O'hare AirportThe Museum's Tree is located in Terminal 2. The orname...
12/16/2020

Celebrating Las Navidades/The Holidays at Chicago's O'hare Airport
The Museum's Tree is located in Terminal 2.
The ornaments celebrate the various towns of Puerto Rico.

Thank you Yesica, Staff and O'hare Airport!

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is saddened to hear of the loss of a pioneering and influential Pue...
12/16/2020

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is saddened to hear of the loss of a pioneering and influential Puerto Rican artist. Adál Maldonado, known artistically as ADÁL, passed away on December 9, 2020. His work was deeply impactful to Puerto Rican arts and culture throughout the island and the diaspora. Our condolences to his family, friends, and all who loved and admired him.

https://www.facebook.com/museomacpr/posts/10158764754262165

El equipo de trabajo del Museo de Arte Contemporáneo y su directora ejecutiva y curadora en jefe, Marianne Ramírez Aponte, lamentan profundamente el deceso del maestro Adál Maldonado.

Bautizado como ADÁL, nació en Utuado, Puerto Rico en 1948. Es uno de los artistas puertorriqueños más destacados, con presencia en colecciones y exhibiciones de importantes museos en Estados Unidos y Europa. Desarrolló de manera consecuente durante
más de cuatro décadas una obra artística coherente, rica en posibilidades interpretativas y en recursos conceptuales. Su extensa obra, como un enorme cuerpo de trabajo fotográfico y objetual, mantiene una constancia estratégica en el uso del ingenio, el humor y la agudeza imaginativa como recursos que le permitieron abordar libremente y con suspicacia las conexiones y puntos de fuga entre el mundo de las ideas, el mundo de la imagen y el mundo de los objetos. ADÁL es autor de La Mambópera y es conocido por importantes colaboraciones con diferentes artistas y gestores culturales como lo son Eduardo Figueroa y el Reverendo Pedro Pietri, junto a quienes desarrolló el proyecto El Puerto Rican Embassy en la década de 1990. Durante esa misma década ADÁL concibió y dirigió Mambo Rap Sodi en colaboración con Pedro Pietri y Tito Puente -obra que fue presentada en el Joseph Papp Public Theater en Nueva York - y colaboró con Ntozake Shange autora de For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf, creando el diseño fotográfico ambiental para la obra de teatro Love Space Demands de Shange en el Crossroads Theater, Nuevo Brunswick, Nueva York en 1994. ADÁL exhibió internacionalmente y su extensa obra pertenece a importantes colecciones como el Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico y el National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. Una exhibición retrospectiva de su obra fue expuesta en el Centro David Rockefeller para Estudios Latinoamericanos, acompañada de un libro/catálogo publicado por Harvard University Press (2004-2005). En 2016 recibió la prestigiosa beca otorgada por la Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

En reconocimiento a su extraordinario cuerpo de trabajo, el MAC organizó en el 2018 una muestra retrospectiva de su obra titulada "Mind Fictions o los exiliados de la realidad", que tuvo que ser cancelada por razones ajenas y fuera del control de la institución. El producto de esta investigación curatorial realizada por la artista y educadora del MAC, Raquel Torres Arzola, queda documentado en el catálogo homónimo publicado para referencia de investigadores y amantes de su obra. En palabras de Marianne Ramírez Aponte, "la propuesta artística de ADÁL es una de gran pertinencia en tanto revela detalles de las condiciones culturales y políticas de Puerto Rico y su diáspora, proponiendo un acercamiento a lo que ADÁL llamaba en su obra “the Puerto Rican experience” desde las tensiones, contradicciones y complejidades que la definen. Aunque su obra tiene este componente autorreferencial, anclado en gran medida en los procesos migratorios que vivió el artista y las condiciones sociopolíticas de Puerto Rico, tiene también la potencialidad de actuar como metáfora de identidades fluidas y de la cultura como proceso inacabado y dinámico. Su humor irreverente y el uso de una simbología rica en contenido retan al espectador y le llevaron a reflexionar y asumir posiciones críticas con respecto a conceptos como memoria, identidad, lenguaje, comunidad, nación, ciudadanía y libertad. Estos temas se emplazan firmemente dentro de los asuntos más relevantes de nuestro momento histórico y, por tanto, del arte contemporáneo.”

ADÁL falleció el 9 de diciembre de 2020 de un paro respiratorio a causa de un cáncer de páncreas con el que batallaba desde hace un tiempo.
A su familia y amigxs vaya nuestro profundo pésame. Descanse en paz.

Tired of 2020, of not being able to travel because of the pandemic?Let NMPRAC Help You Escapeto beautiful beaches, radia...
12/14/2020

Tired of 2020, of not being able to travel because of the pandemic?
Let NMPRAC Help You Escape
to beautiful beaches, radiating sun, delicious food and the culture of
La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico

https://youtu.be/vnsx2HVroQA

Thank you to everyone who attended our 7th annual Raices 2020 Virtual Gala last night. We are grateful for your ongoing ...
12/04/2020
7TH ANNUAL RAICES GALA

Thank you to everyone who attended our 7th annual Raices
2020 Virtual Gala last night. We are grateful for your ongoing support, we truly hope you enjoyed the program.

If you missed it, no worries! The link to the gala is attached.
Enjoy the show virtually in honoring this years’ Ceiba award winners, and enjoy a special performance from Jose Feliciano himself.

https://youtu.be/Gaw5OYMmvPk

12/04/2020

Virtual Gala has started!! Sorry for the delay.

12/04/2020

Sorry! We are having streaming difficulties and the Virtual Gala will begin at 8pm CST. Thank you for your support and patience.

Just a few days away!! Mark your calendar!!!
12/02/2020
7th Annual Raices Gala

Just a few days away!! Mark your calendar!!!

Join us, Thursday, December 3rd, for the 7th Annual Raice Gala: A Kickoff to "Las Navidades" - The Holidays!

In two weeks, join us virtually for the 7th Annual Raices Gala to kick-off the holiday season from Loiza, Puerto Rico. T...
11/24/2020
7th Annual Raices Gala

In two weeks, join us virtually for the 7th Annual Raices Gala to kick-off the holiday season from Loiza, Puerto Rico. This year we have the opportunity to bring the spirit of the season—and Puerto Rico—into you homes. Legendary singer, Jose Feliciano, well known for the Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad," will be honored as a Ceiba Award recipient this year. We are pleased to announce that the Puerto Rican theater company Y No Habia Luz is also a 2020 Ceiba Award winner.

A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Peoples Gas, as well as ComEd, HITN, and the Hispanic Federation for your continued support and commitment during these difficult times.

PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!

For more information on available sponsorship opportunities, contact Billy Ocasio at [email protected].

Join us, Thursday, December 3rd, for the 7th Annual Raice Gala: A Kickoff to "Las Navidades" - The Holidays!

JUST SAYING THE WORDS,"ARROZ CON DULCE",CAN YOU IMAGINE THE SCENT COMING FROM YOUR ABUELA'S COCINA?JOIN THE NATIONAL MUS...
11/21/2020
How to Make Arroz con Dulce (Puerto Rican Style Rice Pudding) | Dining Traveler Cooking Series

JUST SAYING THE WORDS,

"ARROZ CON DULCE",

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE SCENT COMING FROM YOUR ABUELA'S COCINA?

JOIN THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PUERTO RICAN ARTS AND CULTURE AND THE DINING TRAVELERS GUIDE TO PUERTO RICO AND GET READY FOR "LAS NAVIDADES / THE HOLIDAYS".

Take out the apron, pots and pans, put on some music, grab your favorite drink and get started, Making Arroz con Dulce.

Arroz con Dulce is my favorite Puerto Rican Navidad or Holiday dessert. Many cultures have their own version of rice pudding. The Puerto Rican version has a thicker consistency, allowing us to place a portion on a plate and give them away as a great homemade gift.

Here's the recipe & you can get the step by step instructions from the video. And, don't forget to pair your arroz con dulce with a hot cup of cafecito!

¡Buen provecho!

A very special thank you to Jessica and Audrey from The Dining Traveler's Guide to Puerto Rico!

https://youtu.be/d7luriS2Wbk

Welcome to Episode 2 of Part 3 of The Dining Traveler Cooking Series, shot on location at La Cosecha, a contemporary Latin market in Washington, DC. Who is s...

11/14/2020

Our amazing staff Yesica Ortiz and Lourdes García rocked the Christmas tree at O’Hare airport representing our beautiful island and The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture! Everyone needs some Christmas cheer right now... Boricua style. Great job 👏🏼 #nmprac #BoricuaChristmas #QueVivaPuertoRico

Welcome to Part 3 of The Dining Traveler Cooking Series, where we make recipes from our favorite destinations at home. T...
11/11/2020
How To Make Pavochón (Puerto Rican Style Thanksgiving Turkey) At Home

Welcome to Part 3 of The Dining Traveler Cooking Series, where we make recipes from our favorite destinations at home. This edition is a bit different. We are "going" to Puerto Rico for all of the episodes of this edition. We also shot on location at La Cosecha, a contemporary Latin American market located in the Union Market District of Washington, DC.

For this episode, we're making Pavochón. What is pavochón? It's common to season the turkey in Puerto Rico the same way we make our lechón (roasted pork). My father, Don Gume, was in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey pretty much until he passed away six years ago. He seasoned the turkey a day ahead with a mix of minced garlic, oregano, and lots of sazón for that nice color. Because as my mom says, "a nadie le gusta un pavo hincho" (nobody likes a pale turkey).

As I went to live on my own, I wanted to replicate his recipe while adding my own flavor to it. One of the things I do a bit differently: is basting the turkey with a dark beer 60-90 minutes before it is done. As a homage to my years living in Brussels, I usually use a Leffe Brune or Chimay Bleue, but any dark beer will do.

This episode is brought to you by The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Here's the recipe & you can get the step by step instructions from the video.

¡Buen provecho!

* 12lb turkey (if you go larger/smaller) adjust your seasonings properly
* Marinade:
* 3/4 Cup of Olive Oil
* 2-3 tbsp of dry oregano
* 2-3 tbsp minced garlic
* 2 tbsp sazón
* 2 tbsp adobo
* Kosher Salt
* Black Pepper
* 2 sticks of butter, cut into pats
* Onions, Carrots, and Celery
* 1 & 1/2 bottles of dark beer (room temperature)

Special equipment: meat thermometer

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
2. Mix all the marinade ingredients. The measurements are up to you. Use more or less of each ingredient depending on your taste. I personally love a very garlicky turkey.
3. Chop the vegetables into 2-inch pieces
4. Pat dry the turkey. Make sure it's fully thawed and dry.
5. With a spoon, loosen the skin from the breast.
6. With the spoon, spread the marinade between the skin and breast.
7. With a spoon or silicone brush, brush the marinade all over the turkey. Make sure to add seasoning to the cavity.
8. Add the pats of butter in between the loosened skin and breast.
9. Insert the cut vegetables inside the cavity. Make sure they fit in loosely. Don't overstuff.
10. Place turkey breast side up on a roasting pan. I make mine in a roasting pan, but a pan loosely covered with aluminum foil will do.
11. Cover and place in the oven. Set the timer for two hours. (if your turkey is larger, this will take a bit longer)
12. At the two hour mark, check for progress with a thermometer. If the turkey is less than 130 F, let it cook for another 30-45 minutes covered until it reaches this temperature.
13. At 130 F, uncover the turkey, use a baster or a spoon to pour the juices over the turkey to keep moist. Pour a bottle of beer over the turkey. Baste every 15 minutes to keep the turkey moist until it is done. For a 12 lb turkey, it should take 60-90 minutes.
14. Use your thermometer to check the turkey between the breast and thigh. It should be 165-170 degrees.
15. Once it's done, let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.
16. Enjoy!

Welcome to Part 3 of The Dining Traveler Cooking Series, where we make recipes from our favorite destinations at home. This edition is a bit different. We ar...

11/11/2020
The Dining Traveler

The Dining Traveler

Welcome to Part 3 of The Dining Traveler Cooking Series, where we make recipes from our favorite destinations at home. This edition is a bit different. We are "going" to Puerto Rico for all of the episodes of this edition. We also shot on location at La Cosecha, a contemporary Latin American market located in the Union Market District of Washington, DC.

For this episode, we're making Pavochón. What is pavochón? It's common to season the turkey in Puerto Rico the same way we make our lechón (roasted pork). My father, Don Gume, was in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey pretty much until he passed away six years ago. He seasoned the turkey a day ahead with a mix of minced garlic, oregano, and lots of sazón for that nice color. Because as my mom says, "a nadie le gusta un pavo hincho" (nobody likes a pale turkey).

As I went to live on my own, I wanted to replicate his recipe while adding my own flavor to it. One of the things I do a bit differently: is basting the turkey with a dark beer 60-90 minutes before it is done. As a homage to my years living in Brussels, I usually use a Leffe Brune or Chimay Bleue, but any dark beer will do.

This episode is brought to you by The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Here's the recipe & you can get the step by step instructions from the video.

¡Buen provecho!

* 12lb turkey (if you go larger/smaller) adjust your seasonings properly
* Marinade:
* 3/4 Cup of Olive Oil
* 2-3 tbsp of dry oregano
* 2-3 tbsp minced garlic
* 2 tbsp sazón
* 2 tbsp adobo
* Kosher Salt
* Black Pepper
* 2 sticks of butter, cut into pats
* Onions, Carrots, and Celery
* 1 & 1/2 bottles of dark beer (room temperature)

Special equipment: meat thermometer

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
2. Mix all the marinade ingredients. The measurements are up to you. Use more or less of each ingredient depending on your taste. I personally love a very garlicky turkey.
3. Chop the vegetables into 2-inch pieces
4. Pat dry the turkey. Make sure it's fully thawed and dry.
5. With a spoon, loosen the skin from the breast.
6. With the spoon, spread the marinade between the skin and breast.
7. With a spoon or silicone brush, brush the marinade all over the turkey. Make sure to add seasoning to the cavity.
8. Add the pats of butter in between the loosened skin and breast.
9. Insert the cut vegetables inside the cavity. Make sure they fit in loosely. Don't overstuff.
10. Place turkey breast side up on a roasting pan. I make mine in a roasting pan, but a pan loosely covered with aluminum foil will do.
11. Cover and place in the oven. Set the timer for two hours. (if your turkey is larger, this will take a bit longer)
12. At the two hour mark, check for progress with a thermometer. If the turkey is less than 130 F, let it cook for another 30-45 minutes covered until it reaches this temperature.
13. At 130 F, uncover the turkey, use a baster or a spoon to pour the juices over the turkey to keep moist. Pour a bottle of beer over the turkey. Baste every 15 minutes to keep the turkey moist until it is done. For a 12 lb turkey, it should take 60-90 minutes.
14. Use your thermometer to check the turkey between the breast and thigh. It should be 165-170 degrees.
15. Once it's done, let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.
16. Enjoy!

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