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Nueva York (1613-1945)


Nueva York (1613-1945) is a bilingual exhibition that explores the history of New York City's relations with the Spanish-speaking world over more than three centuries. A joint venture of the New-York HIstorical Society and El Museo del Barrio, it opened on September 17, 2010 at Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street). It will run through January 9, 2011.

In his New York Times review of the September 16, 2010 Edward Rothstein said:

Something unusual happens as you work through "Nueva York (1613-1945)," which opens on Friday at El Museo del Barrio. You enter feeling fairly sure of geographic bearings and leave less certain, curious, challenged. And can anything more be hoped for from a museum exhibition? . . . Instead of viewing the city and its past along an East-West axis and seeing its conflicts and culture through interactions with European-born colonizers and immigrants, the exhibition rotates our attention 90 degrees. We look along the North-South axis, toward Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. That is also the axis along which immigration and cultural influence have accumulated in recent decades, leading to a growing Hispanic presence in the city and in American life, which is what gives this exhibition more than historical importance.

For Rothstein's full review, click here. For more on the exhibition, click here. For hours and directions, click here. For the accompanying catalog, click here.


THE GOTHAM CENTER FOR NEW YORK CITY HISTORY held related events at the City University of New York Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street in the Elebash Recital Hall. The first event took place on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 and was entitled Old Nueva York (1613-1945) and New Nueva York (1945-2010): Acorn and Tree? Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Mike Wallace (John Jay College) gave a brief illustrated overview of the Nueva York exhibition which was followed by a conversation - moderated by Maria Hinojosa (PBS) - on the relationship between the pre-1945 and post-1945 periods. Panelists included Juan Gonzalez (NY Daily News), Lisandro Perez (John Jay College), Virginia Sanchez-Korrol (Brooklyn College), Robert Smith (Baruch College), and Silvio Torres-Salliant (Syracuse University).

The second Forum took place on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 and was entitled New York City and the Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Connections. Mike Wallace moderated a panel that explored the impact on Gotham of cultural producers from the Spanish speaking world, and vice versa. Experts discussed: Latin American literature (Carmen Boullosa: CCNY); film (Jim Fernandez: NYU); music (Juan Flores: NYU); Spanish literature (Regina Galasso: BMCC); and Spanish and Latin-American art (Edward Sullivan: NYU). Listen to the podcast for this Forum.

THE BOOK: NUEVA YORK, 1613-1945, edited by Edward J. Sullivan

Click here for your copy of Nueva York, 1613-1945, edited by Edward Sullivan


Democracy Now - October 13, 2010 (contains excerpts from Ric Burns Nueva York documentary)

NPR - October 12, 2010

NY1 - September 20, 2010

WABC - October 22, 2010

TV Azteca - September 27, 2010

New York Times - September 17, 2010

New York Times (Bookshelf) - October 29, 2010

Associated Press - September 16, 2010

Reuters - September 10, 2010

Wall Street Journal - September 23, 2010

Financial Times - October 5, 2010

New York Daily News - September 15, 2010

New Yorker - October 18, 2010

CityArts - September 28, 2010 - August 8, 2010

El Diario - September 26, 2010

Impacto - September 28, 2010

El Reforma - October 31, 2010


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