The Hispanic Society Museum & Library

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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.

Swipe to see a selection of books that were recently brought out to be viewed by

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 !

Thank you for hosting us next week for our first event

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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Happy Birthday to Joaquín Sorolla, who was born on this day in Valencia in 1863. Sorolla’s masterwork canvasses that mak...
02/27/2024

Happy Birthday to Joaquín Sorolla, who was born on this day in Valencia in 1863. Sorolla’s masterwork canvasses that make up ’A Vision of Spain’ were commissioned by the founder of the museum, Archer Huntington, in 1910, and were completed in 1919. The canvasses feature scenes from the different provinces of Spain, and the canvas featured here highlights symbols of Sorolla’s birthplace, like oranges and the emblem of Valencia shown on hanging silken banners.

The HSM&L has a new Chairman of the Board! Mark H. Rosenberg succeeds Philippe de Montebello, who significantly raised t...
02/16/2024

The HSM&L has a new Chairman of the Board! Mark H. Rosenberg succeeds Philippe de Montebello, who significantly raised the museum’s profile for nearly a decade. Philippe de Montebello will remain with HSM&L as Chairman Emeritus, working closely in collaboration with Rosenberg and the team at the HSM&L.

“Since the reopening in May 2023 of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library after several years of renovations, this hidden gem has become a rediscovered treasure.” says Mark. “This year, the Hispanic Society celebrates its founding 120th year ago in Washington Heights. I am honored to be elected as the Chair of this extremely important institution that houses about 800,000 objects in total which encompass the art and culture of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. The Board and I are committed to continuing the important work of upgrading our campus to serve our community in New York City and beyond.”

Happy Valentine’s Day! Painted at a Valencian beach in the summer of 1908, ‘After the Bath’ is without doubt one of Soro...
02/14/2024

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Painted at a Valencian beach in the summer of 1908, ‘After the Bath’ is without doubt one of Sorolla’s most magnificent and memorable works. Ever since it was first exhibited at the Hispanic Society in 1909, it has elicited admiration. Sorolla again demonstrates his technical mastery in his rendering of the translucent fabric that clings to the young woman’s flesh, still wet from her dip in the sea. The brilliant tonalities found within the white backdrop cloth protectively held by the straw-hatted youth are similarly impressive.
Although this female figure, described as “a young Greek goddess emerging from the sea,” has evoked thoughts of a Hellenistic sensibility in Sorolla’s subconscious, the scene would have been familiar and quite routine at Valencia’s Mediterranean shore. Nonetheless, several features evoke memories of classical art: above all the young woman’s canonically determined height (seven and a half heads) and the wet folds of the dress she clasps together at her shoulder. Rather than an image of hedonistic eroticism or a pagan Valencia as some have interpreted it, perhaps the canvas should be considered as Sorolla’s vision of contemporary reality of health, happiness and strength to be derived from sea and sun.

Thank you to everyone who visited for the final weekend of Picasso and the Spanish Classics! We are sad to see the print...
02/08/2024

Thank you to everyone who visited for the final weekend of Picasso and the Spanish Classics! We are sad to see the prints and texts go, but are excited to make room for our upcoming exhibition, “Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society” which will open February 23rd and run through June 30th.

The HSM&L inaugurates the exhibition series “Arte en el Alto Manhattan” with “Dominican Yorks at the Hispanic Society.” Three Dominican-born New Yorker Visual Artists are co-curating the exhibition, which features works created in artistic dialog with HSM&L’s collection based on their individual aesthetic approaches as well as their unique perspective as Dominican immigrants in New York. The artists will develop and facilitate a series of programs including artists’ talks, workshops, and guided visits. 

Swipe to see a sample of the works that will be on view, and stay tuned to learn more!

This is the last weekend to visit “Picasso and the Spanish Classics” which is on view until February 4th. If you have no...
01/31/2024

This is the last weekend to visit “Picasso and the Spanish Classics” which is on view until February 4th. If you have not yet, make sure to visit this exhibition which features prints and manuscripts rarely on view.

The exhibition can be visited during Museum hours, which are Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.

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The Hispanic Society continues to highlight the female artists, curators, researchers, librarians and writers who have b...
01/30/2024

The Hispanic Society continues to highlight the female artists, curators, researchers, librarians and writers who have been a part of the Museum & Library throughout its 119-year history with a series of videos providing an in-depth look at the life and work of these women.
 
This month we pay tribute to Mary Evelyn Armstrong and Marion Eaton Dunbar, hired to work at the Hispanic Society’s library by Archer Huntington during the first quarter of the 20th century. Both traveled to Portugal on separate occasions to learn about the history and traditions of the country, in particular by acquiring photographs. This collection has become a valuable source of information for the study of the history of photography in Portugal.
 
Click the link in our bio or visit our YouTube page to access the video!
 
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Photograph, 1922
Puerta del Sol, Toledo
Left to right: Margaret E. White, Marion E. Dunbar (?), Beatrice Gilman Proske, Florence Lewis May, Eleanor E. Sherman Font (?).

New art alert!Five new paintings by Joaquin Sorolla are on view in the Main Court Gallery! These works come to the HSM&L...
01/25/2024

New art alert!

Five new paintings by Joaquin Sorolla are on view in the Main Court Gallery! These works come to the HSM&L on loan from a generous private collector, and this is the first time these works have been exhibited in New York. Previously, they were on view at in Dallas as part of the exhibition “Spanish Light: Sorolla in American Collections.”

Swipe for a sneak peek of some of the works, and visit in person to see them all! Museum hours are Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.

Happy Birthday to Rubén Darío! Born on this day in 1867, Darío was a Nicaraguan poet who is known as the father of moder...
01/18/2024

Happy Birthday to Rubén Darío! Born on this day in 1867, Darío was a Nicaraguan poet who is known as the father of modernismo. This portrait photograph of Darío from 1915 includes an autograph dedication to Archer Huntington, the founder of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library.

On this day in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes published ‘El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.’ Shown here is the ti...
01/16/2024

On this day in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes published ‘El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.’ Shown here is the title page from a first edition publication of the novel from 1605 from the HSM&L collection.
You can visit a later Spanish edition of Don Quixote from 1780, illustrated by José del Castillo and Antonio Carnicero, on view now as part of the exhibition ‘Picasso and the Spanish Classics.’ In the exhibition, the text is compared to Picasso’s depiction of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in a rare proof from 1937, which he never issued an edition of and only survives in proofs.
Visit this exhibition during museum hours, from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.
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On this day in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes published ‘El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.’ Shown here is the ti...
01/16/2024

On this day in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes published ‘El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.’ Shown here is the title page from a first edition publication of the novel from 1605 from the HSM&L collection.

You can visit a later Spanish edition of Don Quixote from 1780, illustrated by José del Castillo and Antonio Carnicero, on view now as part of the exhibition ‘Picasso and the Spanish Classics.’ In the exhibition, the text is compared to Picasso’s depiction of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in a rare proof from 1937, which he never issued an edition of and only survives in proofs.

Visit this exhibition during museum hours, from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.

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Happy Friday! 🎉 And Happy Birthday to Jusepe de Ribera, who was born on this day in 1591. Although better known as a pai...
01/12/2024

Happy Friday! 🎉 And Happy Birthday to Jusepe de Ribera, who was born on this day in 1591.

Although better known as a painter, Jusepe de Ribera turned to printmaking early in his career with notable results. He created some of the most impressive prints of the seventeenth century and he occupies an important place in the history of Spanish printmaking.

This work depicts the corpulent and almost n**e Silenus, a demigod in Bacchus’s retinue, being served wine by a satyr while Pan, Silenus’s father and the god of shepherds, crowns him.

📸 Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652)
Drunken Silenus, 1628
ETCHING WITH ENGRAVING, II/III, 27.5 X 35 CM

Tours at two are back!Starting this Saturday the 20th, our free guided tours will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at...
01/10/2024

Tours at two are back!

Starting this Saturday the 20th, our free guided tours will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at two pm. Led by members of our Education team, the tours will guide visitors through the galleries and offer a unique opportunity to learn about our artworks and the unique history of our institution.

Currently on view outside on Audubon Terrace is Jesús Rafael Soto’s interactive sculpture “Penetrable.” In the main court, highlights from the collection are on view as part of the exhibition “A Collection Without Borders.” Joaquín Sorolla’s “Vision of Spain” Gallery is open, as well as a dossier exhibition “Picasso and the Spanish Classics” to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso.

Check the link in bio to sign up for a tour.

Happy Three Kings Day! Today the Epiphany is celebrated in much of the Hispanic World with Rosca de Reyes and other gift...
01/07/2024

Happy Three Kings Day! Today the Epiphany is celebrated in much of the Hispanic World with Rosca de Reyes and other gifts and sweets.

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