‘Nostalgia For My Island’ Puerto Rican Art Collection Coming to Humboldt Park Museum Next Week

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HUMBOLDT PARK – A collection of Puerto Rican art arrives at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

Humboldt Part Museum, 3015 W. Division St., partners with Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico to bring island art to Chicago. This is part of “the Museo de Arte de Ponce’s efforts to make its collection accessible, especially to the Puerto Rican diaspora,” according to a press release.

The new collection, “Nostalgia for My Island: Puerto Rican Painting from the Museo de Arte de Ponce (1786-1962),” will be on display Tuesday through June 9.

The collection includes 21 paintings by some of the most important Puerto Rican artists active from the 1700s to the mid-1900s, including José Campeche, Francisco Oller, Miguel Pou and Myrna Báez, according to the museum.

The exhibition will be complemented by a catalog, which will include images of the 21 works and an academic essay by the curator.

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are free.

It is the only exhibit outside of Puerto Rico dedicated to interpreting Puerto Rican arts and culture, according to the museum.

The exhibit comes as Ponce’s Museo de Arte continues its recovery after its main building was damaged in a 2020 earthquake, director Cheryl Hartup said.

“Being able to bring this display of the collection to our National Museum in the City of Chicago is a great achievement that we celebrate with enthusiasm and deeply appreciate,” said Hartup.

The collection is curated by the curator of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Iraida Rodríguez-Negrón. For more information, visit www.nmprac.org or www.museoarteponce.org.

“Artistic works like these paintings on loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce remind us that Puerto Rican culture remains strong, even in times of adversity,” museum CEO Billy Ocasio said in the press release. “We have this unique opportunity to bring this exhibit to Chicago, to bring our communities together in a meaningful way that celebrates Puerto Rico’s significant contributions to art and provides opportunities to learn more about Puerto Rico’s vibrant culture. Rico.”

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