Hyperallergic, June 11, 2019
“El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem celebrated its 50th birthday today, June 11, with live Puerto Rican music concerts, salsa dances, and workshops for families and their children as part the Museum Mile Festival on 5th avenue. At the center of this festive event was the opening of the second part of Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969 – 2019, an exhibition featuring highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. Against this background, activists from the Latinx community took to the museum to voice their concerns over its future and mission.
Around 7pm, a group of about 15 protestors dressed in T-shirts that read “El Museo Fue del Barrio” (which is loosely translated to mean, “the museum left the neighborhood” according to the organizers) occupied El Museo’s galleries to read out the Mirror Manifesto next to some of the most political works in the exhibition.”