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Opening of GALERIA CHICAGO at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Opening of GALERIA CHICAGO at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture


The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art present a collaborative exhibition, GALLERY Chicago, pairing artworks from UIMA’s permanent collection with works by contemporary artists involved in NMPRAC’s programming.

Art is a language that knows no nationality, and GALLERY Chicago will highlight one of the visual languages that artists of Ukrainian and Puerto Rican backgrounds share: abstraction. UIMA houses one of the most robust collections of Ukrainian Modernist abstraction from the 1950s-1970s, while NMPRAC is dedicated to the cutting edge practices of contemporary Puerto Rican artists living or working in Chicago. In GALLERY Chicago, these artists of two vastly different generations and ethnic heritages envelop their unique experiences within their formalism. With UIMA in the West Town/Ukrainian Village neighborhood, and NMPRAC located next door in Humboldt Park, this exhibition is also a reflection of the Ukrainian and Puerto Rican communities’ cultural legacies as neighbors.

This exhibit is produced in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s city-wide, intercultural festival, Inherit Chicago. Featuring Javier Bosques, Ihor Dmytruk, Frances Gallardo, Jacques Hnizdovsky, Wasyl Kacurovsky, Peter Kolisnyk, Ronald Kostyniuk, Lialia Kuchma, Michael D. Mandziuk, Rafael Miranda Mattei, Konstantin Milonadis, Nora Maite Nieves, Josue Pellot, Aka Pereyma, Luis Rodríguez Rosario, Zilia Sanchez, Kristine Servia, Edra Soto, Mychajlo Urban, and Omar Velazquez. Curated by Robin Dluzen, Stanislav Grezdo and Bianca Ortiz.

Barrio Arts Fest 2017

The 17th Edition of Barrio Arts Fest is a historical one. It commemorates the opening of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture after an extensive reconstruction of the former establishment of the Humboldt Park Stables that lasted over a decade.

Now, the historic building that housed the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) through its transition will rejoice once again with its signature arts festival, Barrio Arts Fest, during the weekend of July 8th from 10am to 5pm & July 9th, 2017 from 11am to 4pm.

Every year Barrio Arts Fest, in addition to the artists/vendors, offers workshops for the entire family. This year Barrio Arts Fest plans to add a selection of Food Trucks and a Classic Car Show. In addition to traditional dance and musical performances, there are many other extraordinary experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

Join us to celebrate the new journey of our Museum, our beautiful Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and our vibrant community here in Chicago.

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National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is a cultural and educational institution devoted to the promotion, integration and advancement of Puerto Rican arts and culture by presenting exhibitions and programming created to enhance the visibility and importance of the rich Puerto Rican traditions. Located in Humboldt Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, NMPRAC is the only self-standing cultural museum in the nation devoted to showcasing Puerto Rican arts, culture and historic exhibitions year-round.

NMPRAC is conveniently located 15 minutes from Downtown Chicago.

3015 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 | 773.486.8345 | info@NMPRAC.org