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Rodrigo Moura. Photo: El Museo del Barrio.
Rodrigo Moura. Photo: El Museo del Barrio.

El Museo Del Barrio Names Rodrigo Moura Chief Curator

El Museo del Barrio in New York announced today that Rodrigo Moura will join the institution as its new chief curator, effective immediately. Moura most recently served as an adjunct curator of Brazilian art at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. He is also a former longtime curator of one of the country’s largest foundations of contemporary art, the Instituto Inhotim in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I join the team at El Museo del Barrio in imagining and implementing a new curatorial vision for this historic and singular institution,” said Moura. “The curatorial department is poised to further expand the art historical canon and increase the relevance of Latino/Latinx and Latin American art in the international stage and I am honored and excited to carry on this legacy.”

In his new role, Moura will work closely with executive director Patrick Charpenel and museum staff to create an overarching framework for the institution’s curatorial department and deepen its relationship to Puerto Rican, Latinx, and Latin American communities.

Commenting on the appointment, Charpenel praised Moura’s understanding of the needs of emerging artists and intersectional approach to exhibitions and other programming. “Rodrigo brings a bold curatorial vision to El Museo del Barrio, combining energetic innovative thinking with leadership skills honed over twelve years at one of Brazil’s leading cultural institutions,” Charpenel said in a statement.