¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York
On view July 22, 2015 – October 17, 2015

¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York explores the legacy of the Young Lords in East Harlem, the Bronx and the Lower East Side, focusing on specific political events that the Young Lords organized in these locations.

El Museo’s exhibition draws from works in the museum’s own collection including copies of the Young Lords weekly newspaper, Palante. It also explores the legacy of the Young Lords and the relationship between art and activism. Images by photographer Hiram Maristany that feature the Young Lords’ Garbage Offensive, their take over of the First Spanish Methodist Church of East Harlem (later renamed by the Young Lords as The People’s Church), their free morning breakfast program, the rerouting of a TB-testing truck and the funeral of Julio Roldán will all be highlighted in the exhibition.
Paintings and political prints (Antonio Martorell, Domingo García, and Marcos Dimas) from El Museo’s permanent collection will be on display. Works commissioned specifically for this exhibition by Coco Lopez, JC lenochan, Miguel Luciano, and Shellyne Rodriguez are also featured.

¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York will be exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (July 2 – October 15, 2015), El Museo del Barrio (July 22-October 17, 2015), and Loisaida Inc. (July 30 – October 10, 2015). The exhibition is co-organized by all three institutions. 

At El Museo del Barrio the exhibition is made possible with Public Support from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council.


On Saturday, November 21 we launch El Brooklyn Museo es para tí, a brand-new bilingual program for Spanish-speaking families to see art and make art together. Interested in exploring art, en español? Les invitamos al Museo de Brooklyn para disfrutar de un nuevo programa bilingüe para familias. El programa es gratuito y tendrá lugar el sábado, 21 de noviembre de 2015, de 1-3pm.

¡Acompáñenos para una tarde de arte para toda la familia! Explore las obras de arte de Francisco Oller, un artista puertorriqueño del siglo XIX y de Miguel Luciano, un artista puertorriqueño que vive y trabaja en Brooklyn. Miguel Luciano estara con nosotros para hablar sobre sus obras propias y las de Oller. También estaremos acompañados por Mary Ann Bonet , una educadora cuya tatarabuelo era un estudiante de Oller! Después, cree su propio arte. Al final, disfrute de refrescos y aperitivos.

¿Preguntas? Envíenos un mensaje de correo electrónico a youth-family@brooklynmuseum.org. 

El Brooklyn Museo es para tí continúa el sábado 19 de marzo y el sábado 21 de mayo.  

Posted by Sam Kelly

Join us for tonight’s #TargetFirstSaturday and celebrate Brooklyn’s Caribbean Heritage with tours, music, performance & film. Along the way, check out some art on view with connections to the Caribbean, such as Miguel Luciano’s Platano Pride, and be sure to take a peek into the notebooks of the legendary Haitian and Puerto-Rican Brooklyn native Jean-Michel Basquiat

Miguel Luciano (American, born Puerto Rico 1972). Platano Pride, 2006. Chromogenic photograph, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2008.15. © Miguel Luciano


atletico madrid players en route to asia tour

Miguel Luciano, Plátano pride, 2006

Pure Plantainum (2006) is a body of work that commemorates the plátano (green plantain), a stereotypical yet iconic symbol of Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture. In the Pure Plantainum series, actual plantains were plated in platinum. The objects boast a pristine, precious exterior, while the actual fruit decomposes within. They are presented like emblematic jewels that transform cultural stigmas into urban expressions of pride.”


Installing the works of 35 artists and collectives can take some time! Slowly but surely, all the pieces are coming together and we’re very excited for #CrossingBrooklyn to open next week (10/3).

Posted by Brooke Baldeschwiler