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.

Operating as usual

Thank you Americans for the Arts for highlighting our CEO and incredible museum.
04/13/2021
Member Spotlight: Billy Ocasio

Thank you Americans for the Arts for highlighting our CEO and incredible museum.

Under Ocasio’s leadership, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture has tripled its budget, grown staffing, and seen visitor attendance increase 67%.

Join us for a virtual presentation by Dr. Carmen Dolores Hernández on Ricardo Alegría, who widened our understanding of ...
04/12/2021
Taller PuertorriqueñoEl Corazón Cultural del BarrioRicardo Alegría: His Cultural Legacy

Join us for a virtual presentation by Dr. Carmen Dolores Hernández on Ricardo Alegría, who widened our understanding of what it means to be Puerto Rican. His pioneering scholarship showed us the essential elements of Puerto Rican culture. In the first half of the twentieth century, academia did not acknowledge Puerto Rican culture and identity. His writings on African and indigenous history and folklore and his study and practice of preservation of arts, artifacts, and local practices became central to the study and appreciation of Puerto Rican heritage.

Celebrate the centennial of his life with a presentation of his accomplishments by Dr. Carmen Dolores Hernández, author of Ricardo Alegría: Una vida. Dr. Hernández is a free-lance journalist, specializing in literature, who has been publishing weekly book reviews since 1981 and has authored and edited multiple books. She has interviewed many leading figures in Spanish and Latin American literature such as Nobel Prize winner and novelist Mario Vargas Llosa. Dr. Hernández has a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.A. from New York University’s program in Spain.

Brought to you by Taller Puertorriqueño, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, and The Ricardo Alegría Centennial Celebration Committee of Puerto Rico.

FREE REGISTRATION: https://tallerpr.org/event/ricardo-alegria-his-cultural-leg

This Saturday, April 17 @ 2PM - 4PM (CST)

Join us for a virtual presentation by Dr. Carmen Dolores Hernández on Ricardo Alegría, who widened our understanding of what it means to be Puerto Rican. His pioneering scholarship showed us the essential elements of Puerto Rican culture. In the first half of the twentieth century, academia ...

One more week! 📚 🇵🇷FREE Event Registration: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/mybrokenlanguageWe hope you join us as we celebra...
04/08/2021
Virtual Author Conversation: Quiara Alegría Hudes & Esmeralda Santiago - Crowdcast

One more week! 📚 🇵🇷

FREE Event Registration: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/mybrokenlanguage

We hope you join us as we celebrate these two powerful Puerto Rican women for their creative contributions to our culture!

If you still need to purchase My Broken Language you can do so directly from Quiara's publisher at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/548314/my-broken-language-by-quiara-alegria-hudes/

OR support local and buy through Chicago's Women & Children First, one of the largest feminist book stores in the country at
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9780399590047

Register now for Women & Children First's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Thursday April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm CDT.

How to Spend Three Days in Vieques Our physical travels may be limited at this time, but it doesn't stop us from taking ...
03/27/2021
NMPRAC Vieques Final

How to Spend Three Days in Vieques

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 episode, Jessica is taking us to Vieques, an island located off the East Coast of mainland Puerto Rico. Here are some suggestions on where to go, what to see, and where to eat when you spend three days in Vieques.

We hope you enjoy the video!

https://youtu.be/k4TP7e_iwuQ

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ‼️Join NMPRAC and Women & Children First for a virtual author conversation led by Esmeralda Santiago...
03/25/2021

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ‼️

Join NMPRAC and Women & Children First for a virtual author conversation led by Esmeralda Santiago to honor Quiara Alegría Hudes’ latest book, My Broken Language: A Memoir.

Thursday, April 15 - 7pm CT

Via W&CF’s Crowdcast Channel - REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/mybrokenlanguage

About the book:

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia Barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

Quiara Alegría Hudes was a sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother’s tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio—even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories—but first she’d have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She’d have to find her language.

Weaving together Hudes’ love of books with the stories of her family, the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale, this is an inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging—narrated by an obssessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty. - (book block)

Connect with us as we celebrate these two powerful Puerto Rican women for their creative contributions to our culture! 🇵🇷💕📚

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ‼️

Join NMPRAC and Women & Children First for a virtual author conversation led by Esmeralda Santiago to honor Quiara Alegría Hudes’ latest book, My Broken Language: A Memoir.

Thursday, April 15 - 7pm CT

Via W&CF’s Crowdcast Channel - REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/mybrokenlanguage

About the book:

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia Barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

Quiara Alegría Hudes was a sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother’s tight North Philly kitchen. She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrio—even as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars. Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their stories—but first she’d have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She’d have to find her language.

Weaving together Hudes’ love of books with the stories of her family, the lessons of North Philly with those of Yale, this is an inspired exploration of home, memory, and belonging—narrated by an obssessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty. - (book block)

Connect with us as we celebrate these two powerful Puerto Rican women for their creative contributions to our culture! 🇵🇷💕📚

Take a road trip along the East Coast of Puerto Rico with The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Our phys...
03/17/2021
NMPRAC East

Take a road trip along the East Coast of Puerto Rico with
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

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.

This time we went to the East Coast of Puerto Rico. From the beaches to Fajardo to El Yunque, there is so much to see in this part of Puerto Rico. Jessica takes us to eat frituras at the popular Kioskos de Luquillo and shows the natural beauty of the beaches of Humacao

#puertorico #elyunque #travel #Humacao #islandlife #islandvibes #beach #miorgullo #virtualtour #nmprac #museum #kioskosdeluquillo #fyp #youtube #youtubechannel

02/17/2021
02/17/2021
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.

#puertorico #puertoricanfood #puertoricowestcoast #miislabonita #bakeries #rinconpuertorico #caborojo #mayaguez #nmprac #caribbean

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!

#puertorico #puertoricanfood #miislabonita #sanjuan #sanjuanpuertorico #sanjuanislands #chicago #cobblestonestreets #cobblestone #nmprac

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!

#puertorico #puertoricanfood #miislabonita #Travel #lechon #casavieja #Lares #elcentro

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 Su***de / 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

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Free Museum with great year-round exhibitions and educational opportunities.

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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

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