Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of The Hispanic Society Library & Museum

 

 

Installation view, ‘Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library’

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library (HSM&L) will open its doors on February 17th to the exhibition, Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, revealing a number of hidden gems from the expansive, permanent collections of the museum that comprise more than 750,000 objects. Organized by guest curator and art historian Dr. Madeleine Haddon.

The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) with a view toward establishing a free, public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Philippines.

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The Society houses more than 900 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings. among the works on paper, 15,000 prints afford a unique view into the graphic arts in Spain from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. More than 175,000 photographs from 1850 through the early twentieth century document the art, culture and customs of Spain and Latin America.

The Library offers unrivaled resources for researchers interested in the history and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, with more than 300,000 books and periodicals, including 15,000 volumes printed before 1701, along with over 250,000 manuscripts, letters, and documents dating from the 11th century to the present.

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Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasurers of The Hispanic Society Library & Museum will be on view from February 17 through April 17, 2022 at The Hispanic Society Library & Museum, East Building Gallery, 613 West 155th Street, enter on Broadway between 155/156th Streets, Audubon Terrace, NYC. Admission is Free. All visitors must show identification and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Sorolla Gallery

In conjunction with the special exhibition Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, guest curator Dr. Madeleine Haddon will have an informative and insightful conversation with the Hispanic Society’s Rockefeller Research Curatorial & Conservation Fellows who have been doing extensive research on the collection, including: Anya Andreeva, Conservation and Textiles; Amanda Dorval, Rare Books and Manuscripts; Orlando Hernandez-Ying, the Hubert and Mireille Goldschmidt Fellow for Works on Paper; and Alexandra Rodriguez, the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Fellow for Iconography and Decorative Arts. The conversation among this new generation of scholars should provide for a thought-provoking and dynamic program. This special public program, ‘Roundtable: Fresh Perspectives on the Collection’ will take place on February 23rd at 6:00pm, also in the East Building Gallery. Space is limited Reservation required.

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  1. I grew up around the corner from this treasure, and always loved being so close to this amazing place. It’s definitely worth visiting!

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