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Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory” Panel Discussion - October 12, 2017

Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory” Panel Discussion

Jens Jensen and Humboldt Park Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00pm

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Main Gallery
3015 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 486-8345 | [email protected]

Opening Reception for Humboldt Park Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibits

This fall, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) serves as one of the six anchor sites for Chicago second Architecture Biennial. The museum is housed in Humboldt Park’s historic Stables and Receptory, the building where renowned landscape architect and conservationist Jens Jensen worked in the late 1890s. In honor of the Biennial, Julia Bachrach curated an exhibit entitled Humboldt Park: Jens Jensen’s Living Laboratory, which had been mounted in the office Jensen once occupied. NMPRAC also presents a companion exhibit: The Humboldt Park Stables: A Transition into the Future. This reception, celebrating the opening of the exhibits, features a panel discussion about the fascinating history of the Stables Building. Panelists include Julia Bachrach and architects Ed Uhlir, Gunny Harboe and Luis Martinez.

Julia Bachrach

After serving as historian for the Chicago Park District for 28 years, Julia Bachrach is now a historic preservation consultant. She is author of several books including The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks. She recently curated the Humboldt Park: Jens Jensen’s Living Laboratory exhibit for the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.

Luis A. Martinez AIA.

After working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and as Assistant Commissioner of Buildings for the City of Chicago, Luis Martínez has run his own architectural consultancy for over 20 years and was recently awarded with the 2017 Chicago Landmark Preservation Excellence Award for Restoration and has additionally been the Lead Architect for City Colleges of Chicago for the past 17 years working on developing new educational campus designs focused on concepts in teaching and learning methods through technology. He has served 2- 5 year terms on the Illinois State Licensing Board for Architects, and is currently on the National Architectural Accreditation Board. His passion for promoting and advancing Puerto Rican and Latino causes is reflected in his seats on both the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and Aspira High School board.

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The Humboldt Park Stables: A Transition into the Future - October 12, 2017

Opening Reception for Humboldt Park Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibits

As one of the anchor sites selected for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture represents the transition process from the Humboldt Park Stables to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Having in mind the concept of “Make New History”, exhibit has been created according to the needs of our community and visitors, which is to highlight the historic landmark and architectural jewel that is the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. At the same time, with its historical focus, it brings to light the history of the building and the migrating communities in the greater Humboldt Park area and their contributions into the neighborhood. The boundaries determined for this exhibit are North on Armitage Avenue, South on Grand Avenue, East on the Kennedy Expressway and West on Pulaski Road. The timeline displayed is the main component in this exhibit, which includes the transition of our building from the stables into the museum and the transitions in the neighborhood with the different communities that have belonged to our surroundings. This timeline focuses on some historic landmarks, monuments, churches, parishes or synagogues, schools and organizations.

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Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory” - October 4, 2017

Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory” Evening Screening

Programming Event for the Chicago Architectural Biennial
 
Join us for a movie night as we watch Jens Jensen The Living Green as part of our programming events for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and our new exhibit HUMBOLDT PARK: Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory”.
 
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HUMBOLDT PARK: Jens Jensen’s “Living Laboratory”

As one of the anchor sites selected for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture celebrates the Humboldt Park Stables which serves as home to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. Inspired by the theme “Make New History,” we created an exhibit highlighting the history of the stables building, Humboldt Park, and the vibrant community that surrounds the park. The exhibition highlights the life and work of Jens Jensen. A Danish immigrant who lived nearby, Jensen served as Superintendent of Humboldt Park in 1895, and he worked out of an office in the stables building. After exploring new ideas and creating innovative designs in Humboldt Park, Jensen went on to become “Dean of American landscape architecture.” Over the years, many immigrant groups and ethnic communities contributed to the development of the Humboldt Park community. The exhibit examines the community’s fascinating transitions, including the transformation of the stables into the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in 2014.


Raices Gala 2017 - September 21, 2017

Raices Gala 2017

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) would like to invite you to partake in our 4th Annual Gala; RAICES: A Celebration of Our Roots on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:00pm at our fully restored landmark building located at 3015 W. Division in Chicago.

Each year as part of our gala, NMPRAC selects two major artists to receive their prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments.  Join us in honoring this year’s National Puerto Rican Ceiba Award Recipients: Rita Moreno and Quiara Alegria Hudes.

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If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Billy Ocasio at [email protected]


17th Barrio Arts Fest - July 8th & 9th, 2017

Barrio Arts Fest 2017

The 17th Edition of Barrio Arts Fest is a historical one. It commemorates the opening of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture after an extensive reconstruction of the former establishment of the Humboldt Park Stables that lasted over a decade.

Now, the historic building that housed the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) through its transition will rejoice once again with its signature arts festival, Barrio Arts Fest, during the weekend of July 8th & 9th, 2017.

Every year Barrio Arts Fest, in addition to the artists/vendors, offers workshops for the entire family. This year Barrio Arts Fest plans to add a selection of Local Food and a Classic Car Show. In addition to traditional bomba dancing and musical performances, there are many other extraordinary experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

Join us to celebrate the new journey of our Museum, our beautiful Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and our vibrant community here in Chicago.


How Conservation Partners Worked to Save Puerto Rican Parrots from Extinction

Puerto Rican Parrots have arrived at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo!

Featuring
Jafet Vélez-Valentín, MSc, MAR, Wildlife Biologist/ Aviculturist/Aviary Operations Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program Office
Sarah Long, Director, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management Center
Sunny Nelson, Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds, Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
10:00-11:30am
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 W. Division Street 
Chicago 
RSVP - NMPRAC - 773-486-8345

Puerto Rican Parrots have arrived at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo! As a partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture will host a discussion on the conservation project of the Puerto Rican Parrot at El Yunque National Rainforest. The species is the only remaining native parrot in Puerto Rico and has been listed as critically endangered. Lincoln Park Zoo has currently two Puerto Rican parrots on display in the mainland U.S. The purpose of this talk is to educate the community about this important species that is native of the Island and part of its natural ecology. There will be educational stations for the family to enjoy! 

This event is free of charge.


16th Barrio Arts Fest - July 9th & 10th, 2016

Barrio Arts Fest 2016

The 16th Edition of Barrio Arts Fest is a historical one. It commemorates the opening of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture after an extensive reconstruction of the former establishment of the Humboldt Park Stables that lasted over a decade.

Now, the historic building that housed the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) through its transition will rejoice once again with its signature arts festival, Barrio Arts Fest, during the weekend of July 9th & 10th, 2016.

Every year Barrio Arts Fest, in addition to the artists/vendors, offers workshops for the entire family. This year Barrio Arts Fest plans to add a selection of Local Food and a Classic Car Show. In addition to traditional bomba dancing and musical performances, there are many other extraordinary experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

Join us to celebrate the new journey of our Museum, our beautiful Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and our vibrant community here in Chicago.


Raices Gala 2016 - September 22, 2016

Raices Gala 2016

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) would like to invite you to partake in our 3rd Annual Gala; RAICES: A Celebration of Our Roots on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm at our fully restored landmark building located at 3015 W. Division in Chicago.

Join us in honoring this year’s National Puerto Rican Ceiba Award Recipients: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Antonio Martorell. Raices Gala tickets and sponsorships available now.

Each year as part of our gala, NMPRAC selects two major artists to receive their prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments.  We are excited to share that the recipients of the 2016 Ceiba Awards are; Tony Award winning and a creative genius, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the multi-disciplinary artistic living legend, Antonio Martorell.  Both have confirmed to be with us this evening to receive their awards and we hope you will be part of this historic night.