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Patrick Charpenel

Patrick Charpenel to Lead El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio announced today that Patrick Charpenel has been appointed its new executive director. He will be responsible for amplifying the museum’s local, national, and international stature; enhancing educational programming; strengthening exhibitions of twenty-first-century Latino and Latin American art; setting financial priorities for the institution; and expanding fundraising efforts.

“Patrick will be a dynamic and visionary leader,” said board chair Maria Eugenia Maury. “I am personally pleased that Patrick is dedicated both to the original mission of El Museo, to contribute to the vibrant cultural life of New York’s ‘Barrio,’ and to bringing the best of Latino and Latin American art to our city. His expansive and inclusive outlook will position the institution to be a center of growth and innovation in the museum world.”

Previously, Charpenel served as director of Mexico City’s Museo Jumex and organized several exhibitions in various forums within and outside Mexico, including “Franz West: Elefante Blanco” at the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the retrospective “Gabriel Orozco” at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; the Art Public section of the 2009 and 2010 editions of Art Basel Miami Beach; and Artpace San Antonio, Texas, in 2010.

Charpenel succeeds Jorge Daniel Veneciano, who stepped down after two years in order to join the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. After four months at the helm of MAD, Veneciano resigned, announcing that he would focus on several writing projects highlighting the importance of the cultural sector.

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