EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO, AT HOME WITH CARMEN HERRERA
On the occasion of her 105th birthday in late May, El Museo del Barrio will host a conversation in honor of her life and career. ¡Felicidades Carmen!: A Celebration of Carmen Herrera will be held on Wednesday, May 27th via Zoom.
As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, we are reminded of the healing power of art and culture. The act of creating and viewing art, albeit virtually, enhances our sense of identity, offers new ways of learning, and relieves stress and tension. Artists are integral to this process. Their works, all around us, heal and inspire us to channel the potential of imagination. An artist who has inspired many with her tenacity and who has forever impacted the art historical cannon is Carmen Herrera.
A resident of New York City since the 1950s, the Cuban-born Herrera is recognized as a pioneering figure in the field of geometric abstraction. This special celebration gathers friends, artist-colleagues, and curators to reflect on Herrera's legacy, as well as her relationship with El Museo del Barrio, which hosted her first major solo museum exhibition in 1998.
The discussion, moderated by Susanna Temkin, Curator, El Museo del Barrio, will feature Tony Bechara, artist and long-time friend of Herrera’s; Carolina Ponce de Leon, independent curator who formerly worked at El Museo del Barrio where she organized the exhibition ‘Carmen Herrera: The Black and White Paintings, 1951-1989’ in 1998; and Monica Espinel, independent curator and author of the chronology for Herrera: Lines of Sight for the 2016-2017 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Carmen Herrera, Red on Red [Rojo sobre rojo], 1959.
Oil and acrylic on canvas.
Gift of Tony Bechara, 1996.
Collection of El Museo del Barrio.