El Museo del Barrio opens “Estamos Bien – La Trienal 20/21”

El Museo del Barrio, NYC, unveiled its programme for Estamos Bien – La Trienal 20/21, the Museum’s first large-scale national survey of 42 Latinx artists. Curated by El Museo del Barrio’s Chief Curator, Rodrigo Moura, Curator Susanna V. Temkin, and Guest Curator and Artist Elia Alba, the exhibition is until September 26.

The exhibition centers on an intersectional approach to the concept of Latinx—the much-contested term that departs from binary understandings of U.S.-Latino identity through the adoption of the gender-neutral suffix X, distancing itself from rigid definitions to allow a nuanced, more inclusive understanding of identity. In Estamos Bien, Latinx serves as a meeting point rather than a singular definition, as the artists participating in the show represent diverse generations, genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds, foregrounding Indigeneity, African and non-European heritages; gender nonconformity; and other multiplicities.

“Presenting a major survey of Latinx art today is not only urgent, it is also a great opportunity to continue proving its relevance nationally and globally”, says El Museo del Barrio’s Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura.

“While Estamos Bien was already in formation, these concepts have only grown more pressing in light of the global pandemic and its effects on BIPOC communities, as well as this country’s growing recognition of the Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements,” notes Curator Susanna V.Temkin.

“We are very proud to support the Estamos Bien La Trienal exhibit at El Museo del Barrio showcasing talented Hispanic and Latin artists, who have created pieces that address important and complex issues such as social justice, climate change and the particular effects of the global pandemic to Hispanic-Latino, Latinx and other BIPOC populations,” said Ileana Musa, Co-Head of International Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. “Celebrating diverse perspectives is a core value at Morgan Stanley, and we are excited to support these emerging artists and their inspiring work.”

“We need to rewrite the cultural history of the United States,” says Executive Director Patrick Charpenel. “This exhibition will serve as an opportunity to continue this important work, further expanding our understanding of cultural legacy, American history, and the art historical canon.”

Highlights include Joey Terrill’s work. The artist has stood at the forefront of queer Chicano art, pushing the boundaries of form and cultural representation by exploring the confluences of race and sexuality. Since testing HIV-positive in 1989 Terrill’s artistic production has been intimately connected to his identity as both a Chicano HIV-positive gay man and a health educator. He is known for his series of Pop art inspired and rasquache infused still-life paintings in which antiretroviral drugs and consumer products are contrasted in a critique of the pharmaceutical industry that profits from the disease.