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Flashback Friday from the El Museo del Barrio archives: The last significant museum presentation of Carmen Herrera’s work in NYC was a 1998 exhibition at El Museo. The exhibition presented black-and-white paintings created over the course of almost 50 years. While known for her use of vibrant color, these paintings were created in between chromatic works when Herrera wanted to focus solely on form and construction. The exhibition kicked off El Museo’s “Focos” series of solo exhibitions, which highlighted the artistic achievements of Latino and Latin American artists whose work has made an important contribution yet has not been duly recognized in the U.S.

“Woven Water: Submarine Landscape,” by María Fernanda Cardoso, 1994. Contingent Beauty exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Dec. 11, 2015