El Museo del Barrio in New York has announced that it will close its exhibition galleries and theater for the next several months for renovation, starting November 6. The galleries will be closed to the public through early summer of 2018, and the theater will be closed through the fall of 2018.
The institution will upgrade its heating and air-conditioning systems and is planning to build a new glass entryway. Modifications to its theater include a new mechanized lift for its orchestra pit and updated lighting equipment. The theater’s murals will also be restored.
El Museo’s education initiatives and other public programs will not be interrupted. The museum is partnering with other New York institutions to present off-site exhibitions during construction. In January and February 2018, El Museo will stage a show at the SVA Chelsea Gallery featuring work by Latino graduates of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s of fine arts program. It will also mount an exhibition focusing on the Pattern and Decoration movement at the Longwood Arts Project, Hostos Community College in the Bronx, opening in April.
“We are confident that the planned renovations and upgrades will enable El Museo del Barrio to provide visitors an improved experience and ultimately address its structural needs as a growing museum,” Patrick Charpenel, the executive director, told Colin Moynihan of the New York Times. “As a part of a city-owned building, these proposed upgrades have been in the pipeline for some time, and we are excited for the expanded opportunities in exhibition and rentals that these improvements will bring.”