New York—On September 10, 2014 Transart faculty member Nicolás Dumit Estévez hosted El Museo as Classroom / City as School, a mixed media workshop for educators and community partners throughout New York seeking to engage with the museum and the city as educational sites for active learning.
El Museo as Classroom / City as School is a component of Office Hours (OH), a series of actions bringing together the visitors, artists 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.
El Museo as Classroom / City as School honors Caroline Pratt, the founder of the progressive City and Country School, as well as Raphael Montañez Ortíz, artist, educator, and founder of El Museo, a leading cultural institution dedicated to the work of artists of Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American descent.
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.