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Happy Birthday to Diego Velázquez, who was born on this day in 1599. You can see one of the Hispanic Society´s most icon...
06/06/2024

Happy Birthday to Diego Velázquez, who was born on this day in 1599. You can see one of the Hispanic Society´s most iconic works, Portrait of a Little Girl by Velázquez, now in the exhibition “The Word-Shimmering Sea: Diego Velázquez / Enrique Martínez Celaya,” on view until July 14th.

Scholars continue to puzzle over the identification of the figure, but the picture undeniably represents an intimate portrayal of someone probably close to the artist. Moreover, it occupies a distinct place in his oeuvre as one of only two images he created of non-royal children, and the only one as a single figure portrait.

Who is this charming but solemn young lady, with just a hint of a smile? Judging from the size of her head in relation to her shoulders, she should be about six to eight years old. Whoever she was, the young lady has a hypnotic presence. In this seemingly casual composition, Velázquez has achieved the maximum effect with an absolute minimum of artistic means. One technical detail is sufficient to prove that the viewer is in the hands of a great master: the shimmering highlights animating the sitter’s dark hair.

Happy birthday to Jesús Rafael Soto! If you have visited the Hispanic Society recently, you have been met with Soto’s in...
06/05/2024

Happy birthday to Jesús Rafael Soto! If you have visited the Hispanic Society recently, you have been met with Soto’s installation “Penetrable” on the terrace, on long-term loan from . The work is designed to interact with the audience, so next time you visit, try walking through the work and noticing the movements of the individual strands! Earlier in 2023, the Hispanic Society celebrated Soto in an exhibition that highlighted his renowned kinetic artworks.

The dematerialization of the object and the relativization of perception are among the radical advances embraced by the contemporary art agenda to which Soto left an invaluable legacy. He unquestionably contributed to the constant reinvention and transformation of accepted notions of how to experience a work of art, an enormous challenge to the different visions of the world and our relationships with what’s most entrenched in that world.

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Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005). Penetrable (1990), Steel, aluminum, and plastic hoses. 508 x 508 x 508 cm. On long-term loan to the HSM&L from the Colección Patrica Phelps de Cisneros.

There are always interesting things happening at the conservation studio of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. Swipe...
06/03/2024

There are always interesting things happening at the conservation studio of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. Swipe to see some behind the scenes images of the studio.

Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy last night´s concert, Art and Artsong, featuring Skylark Vocal Ensemble. The pro...
05/31/2024

Thank you to everyone who came to enjoy last night´s concert, Art and Artsong, featuring Skylark Vocal Ensemble. The program consisted of pieces selectively chosen for their engagement with specific artworks in the Hispanic Society´s collection.

Seats are available to RSVP at the link in our bio for the final concert, Joby Talbot´s Path of Miracles, taking place on June 13th at 6pm. Recordings of the concerts will soon be made public on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy at home.

This free programming is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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Did you know that the collections of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library go far beyond paintings and books, and also i...
05/29/2024

Did you know that the collections of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library go far beyond paintings and books, and also include decorative works, ceramics, furniture, and textiles? These tiles, collectively titled “The Advances of the 19th Century,” are an example of some of the collection’s more whimsical holdings. The tiles were created by Ramón Casas y Carbó (Spanish, 1866-1932) for the magazine Pel & Ploma, which was the longest lived and most successful magazine in promoting the Modernisme movement of Barcelona.

In these images, Casas offers a tour de force of his talents in graphic design, in effect creating a poster in ceramic tiles. To portray the technological advances of the 19th century, he adopts the simplified format and style found in Catalan tiles of artes y oficios of the 17th and 18th centuries that depict trades and other subjects. Juxtaposing the emblems of progress with a thoroughly traditional style, he draws a sequence of playful scenes that depict a range of new professions: lamplighter, chauffeur, bullfighter, dog catcher, bank teller, telegraph operator, train engineer, a woman sewing, photographer, and dentist. Other tiles represent the new pleasures and comforts brought by modern science: the flushing toilet, billiards, or a phonograph. A fascination with the modern world and a sensitivity to visual styles characterize Casas’s work in particular and more broadly the Moderniste movement.

What would you include in a series called “The Advances of the 21st Century?”

The Advances of the 19th Century, Ramón Casas y Carbó, ca. 1902 Tin-Glazed Earthenware

Have you visited Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society yet? The exhibition features three contemporary artists who dre...
05/27/2024

Have you visited Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society yet? The exhibition features three contemporary artists who drew inspiration from artworks in the museum’s permanent collection.

If you are excited to learn more about the exhibition and hear from the very artists who put it all together, please join us for a roundtable discussion on June 5th moderated by Angela García where Reynaldo Garcia Pantaleón, Chiqui Mendoza, and Rider Ureña will speak on their works. Swipe for more information about the program.

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s concert! The architecture of the iconic Spanish Renaissance-style Main C...
05/24/2024

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s concert! The architecture of the iconic Spanish Renaissance-style Main Court truly came alive with Skylark vocal ensemble’s resounding music.

If you missed the event but would like to attend next week’s concert, you can RSVP at the link in our bio! Stay tuned to see the recording of this concert, which will be made public online. This free programming is made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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Join us at 6:30pm on Monday, June 3rd for music on the terrace! In collaboration with NOMAA for the Uptown Arts Stroll, ...
05/23/2024

Join us at 6:30pm on Monday, June 3rd for music on the terrace! In collaboration with NOMAA for the Uptown Arts Stroll, The Hispanic Society Museum & Library will host Annette A. Aguilar & Stringbeans for a performance of Latin Brazilian Jazz. Find more information at the link in our bio!

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 120th Anniversary last Thursday! Your enthusiastic support allows us t...
05/20/2024

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 120th Anniversary last Thursday! Your enthusiastic support allows us to continue our mission of collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the art and literature of the Hispanic world.

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Looking for a Mother’s Day present for Sunday? Come visit the Hispanic Society Museum & Library shop during Gallery open...
05/10/2024

Looking for a Mother’s Day present for Sunday? Come visit the Hispanic Society Museum & Library shop during Gallery open hours to make a purchase for an art-loving mom!’

We are excited to announce the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s 2024 Concert Series! This year’s concerts feature Sky...
05/03/2024

We are excited to announce the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’s 2024 Concert Series! This year’s concerts feature Skylark Vocal Ensemble, a three-time GRAMMY®-nominated professional chamber choir who have gorgeously curated a series of concerts designed specifically for the Hispanic Society, highlighting art, music, and artefacts from the museum collection.
 
Stay tuned to learn about and get seats for each individual concert as the dates approach. Become a friend for priority access to RSVP! You can find the link to membership in our bio.
 
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Hispanic Society’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Tuesday for our event “Hispanic Society Museum & Library en Florida”. It was a ...
04/23/2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Tuesday for our event “Hispanic Society Museum & Library en Florida”. It was a beautiful evening and we enjoyed talking to everyone about how we can extend the mission of the HSM&L into our communities in Florida. Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails by our sponsor for the event, , and especially enjoyed getting to try Santa Teresa Rum!

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library is also so grateful to Opera Gallery for welcoming us into their space and hosting us for the special evening.

Swipe to see some images of the event! If you are interested in attending an event with the HSM&L, buy tickets to our 120th Anniversary Party at the link in our bio!

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Happy Earth Day! We are celebrating Earth Day by sharing this landscape painting “Mountainous Landscape” by Martín Rico ...
04/22/2024

Happy Earth Day!
 
We are celebrating Earth Day by sharing this landscape painting “Mountainous Landscape” by Martín Rico y Ortega from 1870-71.

“Mountainous Landscape” sums up Rico’s powers as a plein air landscapist at the outset of his mature career. Rico praised the Guadarrama region in his memoires (1906), saying that the Guadarrama region “is of the most beautiful and brilliant color that I have seen.” “Mountainous Landscape” is typical of the plein air landscapes that Rico was painting in general throughout the 1870s, with intense concentration on atmosphere, detailed rendering of foliage and rocks, the use of several small figures to give a sense of the scale and grandeur of nature, and lively brushwork on selected motifs to animate the entire composition.

Today is the opening day of “The Word-Shimmering Sea: Diego Velázquez / Enrique Martínez Celaya” at the Hispanic Society...
04/18/2024

Today is the opening day of “The Word-Shimmering Sea: Diego Velázquez / Enrique Martínez Celaya” at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library!

The galleries are open today for regular hours from noon to 5pm, followed by the public opening from 5-7 pm. Stop by to see how Martínez Celaya transformed our space and interpreted Diego Velazquez’s “Little Girl.”

Please RSVP to the opening at the link in our bio.

Exciting things are happening in the Main Court of the HSM&L…We are in the final stages of installing “The Word-Shimmeri...
04/15/2024

Exciting things are happening in the Main Court of the HSM&L…

We are in the final stages of installing “The Word-Shimmering Sea: Diego Velázquez / Enrique Martínez Celaya,” which will open to the public this Thursday!

Swipe for a sneak peek of the installation.

Did you know that the treasures of the HSM&L’s collections go beyond fine and decorative arts, and also include rare and...
04/12/2024

Did you know that the treasures of the HSM&L’s collections go beyond fine and decorative arts, and also include rare and important books, manuscripts, maps and charts?

The Hispanic Society of America’s renowned library offers unrivaled resources for researchers interested in the history and culture of Spain, Portugal, and the Americas. The collections of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books are among the most extensive outside Spain, containing more than 250,000 manuscripts, documents, and letters dating from the 11th to 20th centuries, along with 30,000 books printed before 1830, which include some 250 incunabula (books printed before 1500). In addition to rare books, the Hispanic Society maintains a modern research library on the literature, fine arts, geography, history, and cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, now comprising over 300,000 volumes plus 1,500 periodicals dating from the 19th century up to the present.

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The HSM&L is visiting Florida! Several works are on loan from the HSM&L to Florida arts institutions; you can now visit ...
04/09/2024

The HSM&L is visiting Florida!

Several works are on loan from the HSM&L to Florida arts institutions; you can now visit Sorolla’s Beaching the Boat from our collection at the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach. Later in the year, look out for information from the Norton Museum about the exhibition “Sorolla and the Sea,” and the Boca Raton Museum of Art exhibition “Baroque Spain and its Empire,” which will both open in November and feature masterworks from the HSM&L collection.

Swipe to see some of the works from the HSM&L that will be on view at !

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Joaquín Sorolla Y Bastida, Beaching the Boat (Afternoon Light), 1903, oil on canvas
Joaquín Sorolla Y Bastida, Beach of Valencia by Morning Light, 1908, oil on canvas
Joaquín Sorolla Y Bastida, Rocks of the Cape, Jávea, 1905, oil on canvas

If you visit the HSM&L this weekend, you will notice that some of our works have been removed from the Main Court Galler...
04/05/2024

If you visit the HSM&L this weekend, you will notice that some of our works have been removed from the Main Court Gallery. This is because we are preparing for an exciting new exhibition, “The Word-Shimmering Sea: Diego Velázquez / Enrique Martínez Celaya.” This exhibition will open to the public on April 18th, and will run through July 14th, 2024, and will feature works by contemporary Cuban-born artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, in dialogue with Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of a Little Girl (ca. 1638–42).
 
The exhibition will be an immersion into Martínez Celaya’s childhood notebook. The setting will facilitate a dialogue about the conditions and imaginations of childhood, exile, the promised land, the flow of time, the refuge offered by language and the nature of painting.
 
Scroll for a preview of the works that will be on view!

We hope everyone is staying dry on this rainy day! Landscape, New York Roofs, by José María López Mezquita, 1929 Oil on ...
04/03/2024

We hope everyone is staying dry on this rainy day!

Landscape, New York Roofs, by José María López Mezquita, 1929 Oil on canvas

Happy April Fool’s Day from The Hispanic Society Museum & Library! What tricks do you have planned for today? This spect...
04/01/2024

Happy April Fool’s Day from The Hispanic Society Museum & Library!
 
What tricks do you have planned for today?
 
This spectacular drawing by José Gutiérrez Solana reveals this distinctive artist at his finest, creating unsettling, eerie images from subjects found in daily life. The world Solana depicted impressed his contemporaries for its visionary quality, as if offering a nightmare of an unidealized world. Further, all agreed that his unsettling works clearly fell within the Spanish tradition that began with Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) and Francisco de Goya (1746–1828).
 
José Gutiérrez Solana, Clown, 1916

This is the very last week to see A Collection Without Borders in the Main Court Gallery. Tomorrow through Saturday Marc...
03/27/2024

This is the very last week to see A Collection Without Borders in the Main Court Gallery. Tomorrow through Saturday March 30th, from noon to 5pm, you can visit our free galleries to enjoy highlights from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library collection.

Please note that the museum will be CLOSED on Sunday, March 31st for Easter.

Today is World Water Day, an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of access to fresh water. This ...
03/22/2024

Today is World Water Day, an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of access to fresh water. This work by Miguel Viladrich Vilá features a girl from Fraga carrying water in a vessel on her head, and highlights cultural traditions of water collection, transportation, and storage in Spain.

Girl Water Carrier, Fraga by Miguel Viladrich Vilá, 1920-1922

03/21/2024
Hurry in! There are only two more weeks to visit ‘A Collection Without Borders,’ the exhibition currently on view in the...
03/20/2024

Hurry in!

There are only two more weeks to visit ‘A Collection Without Borders,’ the exhibition currently on view in the Main Court featuring highlights of the permanent collection of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. March 21st to 24th and 28th to 30th are the last days to visit this exhibition before it comes down. The museum will be closed on Easter Sunday, the 31st of March.

If you are not able to visit before the exhibition closes, do not worry! Another iteration of highlights of the permanent collection of the HSM&L will be back on view in the Main Court in July.

Did you know that our current exhibition of contemporary artists, ‘Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society,’ includes ar...
03/18/2024

Did you know that our current exhibition of contemporary artists, ‘Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society,’ includes artworks that were inspired by works from in the Hispanic Society’s collection? Swipe to see side-by-sides of the contemporary works and the artworks from the permanent collection that they reference. You can visit the exhibition during our open hours, Thursday to Sunday from noon to 5pm, to see some of these works in person and learn more! Vázquez’s Saint Sebastian will only be on view for two more weeks while the exhibition ‘A Collection Without Borders’ is open, so visit soon! 
 
White Duchess [La duquesa blanca], Rider Ureña, 2023 / The Duchess of Alba, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1797

Mi Nacimiento (Ma Naissance) [My Birth] Reynaldo García Pantaleón, 2023 / Mis Funerales (Mis Funerailles), Miguel Viladrich Vilá (1910)

San Sebastián [Saint Sebastian], Chiqui Mendoza, 2023 / Saint Sebastian, Alonso Vázquez, ca. 1603–1607

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library was thrilled last night to host the Ballet Nacional de España and Flamenco Festiva...
03/07/2024

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library was thrilled last night to host the Ballet Nacional de España and Flamenco Festival for a performance in our Sorolla Vision of Spain Gallery. The performers selected segments of dance from a ballet inspired by the very paintings on the walls. What resulted was the spectacular illusion of the dancers descending out of the paintings which represent regions of early 20th century Spain. It was ‘A Moving Vision of Spain’ in more ways than one, and we are so grateful to have had this opportunity to bring the paintings to life and work with such extraordinary performers.

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Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month! Did you know that female librarians and photographers played a cruci...
03/01/2024

Today marks the first day of Women’s History Month!
 
Did you know that female librarians and photographers played a crucial role in the early work of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library? Archer Milton Huntington, founder of the Hispanic Society, provided them with opportunities that were not available elsewhere. With funds and time to travel, these women, some of whom were deaf-mute, significantly advanced the study of Hispanic art and culture, each becoming pioneers in their respective fields.
 
We are excited to announce an upcoming outdoor exhibition in May which will showcase photographs of the women who were instrumental in advancing the mission of the Hispanic Society between 1918-1970s. ‘The Women of the Hispanic Society’ will feature group photographs, portraits of these women with their accompanying biographies and photographs of their study and research expeditions. This exhibition will show how the work of these women was crucial for the consolidation, organization and development of the Hispanic Society collection.

If you are excited to learn more about these fascinating women before May, check out our series on YouTube, which highlights the female artists, curators, researchers, librarians and writers who have been a part of the Museum & Library throughout its 120-year history. Click the link in our bio to access the videos.

The Hispanic Society Museum and Library congratulates Dominicans everywhere as they celebrate 180 years of their nation’...
02/27/2024

The Hispanic Society Museum and Library congratulates Dominicans everywhere as they celebrate 180 years of their nation’s independence. This year our museum is delighted to present ‘Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society,’ featuring the works of Reynaldo Pantaleón Garcia, Chiqui Mendoza, and Rider Ureña, three Dominican-born, New York City based artists. Visit ‘Dominican Yorks’ from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.

This medium-sized tambú, owned by Reynaldo García Pantaleón, was acquired decades ago in the Batey Lechería of Santo Domingo Oeste in the Dominican Republic. Crafted by an artisan known only as Guazumita, the tambú is made of Jabilla wood and lined with goat leather. Originally, the hoop holding the leather was made from various tree varieties such as pavilion, tamarind, or galletica, and synthetic or cabuya rope, but has since been replaced with metal hoops and cotton ropes. As a membranophone, the tambú plays a prominent role in the gaga musical ensemble, featuring continuous improvisations alongside instruments like the catalié, bamboo fututos, caracol, and others. Players, known as “tambuyé” in Creole, participate in this shared tradition between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Friday 12pm - 5pm
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