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El Museo – Celebrating 35 Years!!!

El Museo, a non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to showing underserved artists, will be celebrating their 35th year with Buffalo on Saturday, October 29, from 7-10pm, with a costume party, art, food, drink and you! There will be a range of activities and raffle games and there is a $5 suggested door fee, it’s free for members – just remember it’s for a good cause.

During the 70’s members of the Buffalo community were sparked and energized by the civil rights movement, and a group of young Latino artists affiliated with the University at Buffalo started a collective that would promote the fine art made by people of color that lived in the region.

Talk is given by Nick Butler at the opening of his solo show.
Talk is given by Nick Butler at the opening of his solo show

After all these years, they are still around exhibiting the finest of artists. Over the course of the last two years I’ve seen the work of local artists, John Jennings, Nick Butler, and Tommy Nguyen, and have never been disappointed. On occasion they will have outside curators, like Gerald Mead, who will curate an exhibition from their private collection, and that’s when you can see real treats – like the intimate works that belong to someone else, the works that unless you get invited over to their house you might see. Sometimes collectors have warehouses full of work that they can’t display in their home. Likely in Buffalo, we don’t have that problem with not enough space.

Tommy Nguyen’s show TURBOGRAFX 16
Tommy Nguyen’s show TURBOGRAFX 16

On display at El Museo this evening will be an array of altars created by community members and artists that are inspired by the Dia de los Muertos. This work will be on view through November 5. If you’ve never stopped by this Allen Street gallery, I suggest checking it out on Saturday night. You’ll have nothing to lose but all that to gain.

“El Museo has championed artists of color and their work long before “diversity” became a buzzword. Through our exhibitions and programs, we have contributed to our region’s multicultural fabric, encouraged mutual understanding and community engagement, and insisted upon our common human need for recognition, acceptance, and inclusion. To that extent, I hope our work has made Buffalo and Western New York a better place.” —Dr. Craig Centrie, Executive Director and co-founder of El Museo

Altars, costumes (encouraged), food, drink (tickets), good vibes, and an eye-popping array of activities and raffle games conjured up by our crafty staff!

El Museo – Celebrating 35 Years!!!

91 Allen Street | Buffalo NY

Saturday, October 29, 2016


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Lead image: El Museo -The wall of skulls (Muro de calaveras, by students at PS 69 Houghton Academy; Art teacher: Will Cavanaugh) is part of current exhibition, Altars 21.

Written by Tina Dillman

Tina Dillman

Growing up in Central, New York was a lot like living in a closet, but with a great view. At 18, she went off to college to find herself and to see what the world had in store for her. She has lived in various parts of the country, California being her favorite, and has traveled outside the US borders. She hopes to live her last years in Mexico, along the Pacific coast, in a pueblo hut that has a thatched roof that sits right on the beach, so she can always hear the sound of the ocean, and feel the sand beneath her feet. Here, she would continue with her childhood fascination of collecting seashells and read as many books as her eyes would permit.

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