Nicolás Dumit Estévez initiates OFFICE HOURS at El Museo del Barrio



New York — Transart faculty member Nicolás Dumit Estévez announces OFFICE HOURS (OH), a series of actions bringing together the visitors and staff of El Museo del Barrio (El Museo). Subtitled “Transforming the Museum into a Holistic Work of Art,” OH is an evolving project currently consisting of six collaborative interventions that seek to transcend the museum and transform daily life.

For EN FAMILIA, Estévez invites all who have exhibited, performed, talked or worked at El Museo to submit “selfies,” digital self-portrait photographs, and statements (due August 15) in a visualization of the museum as a kind of family tree in which everyone is connected.

EL MUSEO AS CLASSROOM / CITY AS SCHOOL is a mixed media workshop for educators and community partners citywide seeking to engage with the museum and the city as active learning educational sites.

El Museo’s curatorial team invites artists of Puerto Rican, Caribbean or Latin American descent to OVER THE TABLE, one-on-one twenty-minute portfolio reviews offering artists the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback about their work in an informal atmosphere.

The artist-in-residence program BACK IN FIVE MINUTES provides artists of Puerto Rican, Caribbean or Latin American descent living in New York City a studio within El Museo’s galleries, turning a space usually dedicated to finished work into an active creative space for works in progress.

FRIENDS OF FRIENDS, El Museo staff and artists-in-residence, continue and spread the effects of OH by organizing their own events and actions such as coffee breaks, performances, talks and workshops.

For CREATIVE DISRUPTIONS Estévez invites El Museo staff, volunteers, and interns to brainstorm ideas for workplace and public actions, interventions and performances, transforming the office into a site for creative possibility.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez is an interdisciplinary artist of Dominican descent living in the Bronx borough of New York. Inspired by the quotidian and working in performance and mixed media installations, Estévez presents work at venues throughout New York City and worldwide including P.S.1/Clocktower Gallery; El Museo del Barrio; The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Queens Museum of Art; The Newark Museum; Dixon Place; P.S.122; Exit Art; Cuchifritos; HEREart; Smack Mellon; the 9th Havana Biennial; The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space; The Biennial of Pontevedra, Spain; and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

El Museo del Barrio is a leading cultural institution dedicated to the work of artists of Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American descent.

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