Margarita Aguilar leaves Museo del Barrio

Museo del Barrio

Margarita Aguilar, the director of El Museo del Barrio since August 2011, has left the position amid turmoil at the museum, which in recent months has slashed its days of operation and instituted layoffs and furloughs, museum officials confirmed on Friday.


Founded in 1969, the museum is considered a major center for Latino art and culture. Its collection contains 8,500 objects, including Mexican masks, textiles from Chile and photographs and traditional art from Puerto Rico. Aguilar inherited a transformed museum, which had two years earlier unveiled a $35 million renovation of its Beaux-Arts complex on Fifth Avenue and 104th Street in East Harlem, with a glass-front facade designed by the architectural firm Gruzen Samton, a redesigned courtyard and modernized galleries.  By 

Amid Turmoil at Museo del Barrio, Its Director Steps Down (NYT)

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