FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2021
ALBUQUERQUE – The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is pleased to announce that a portion of the History and Literary Arts building on the Center’s campus will reopen to the public beginning on April 29, 2021. The historic building will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Capacity will be limited.
In addition to checking out the interior of this Spanish-Pueblo revival-style building, which was constructed by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1937 and later listed in the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can view the exhibit “El voto femenino: Sufragistas Latinas luchando por el derecho al voto/The Women’s Vote: Latina Suffragists who Fought for the Right to Vote.”
“El voto femenino” features women from 24 countries in the Hispanic diaspora who were instrumental in the worldwide movement for women’s suffrage, including Nina Otero Warren (New Mexico, United States), Bertha Lutz (Brazil), Mathilde Hidalgo de Procel (Ecuador), Elvia Carrillo Puerto (Mexico), Ofelia Domínguez Navarro (Cuba), Elena Caffarena (Chile), Josefa Llanes Escoda (Philippines), and Jovita Idar (Texas, United States). Organized by decade and country, the exhibit consists of photographs, narrative, objects (including clothing and household items), books, and documents that illuminate the battle for suffrage by Latinas around the world.
The exhibit also includes a companion piece, "Pan American Unity," a mural in woodblock by Albuquerque artist Julianna Kirwin that reimagines Diego Rivera’s “Founding Fathers” (in one of the panels of his 1940 "Pan American Unity" mural in San Francisco) with women across the Americas who have shaped its destiny: Berta Cácares, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Dolores Huerta, Michelle Bachelet, Joy Harjo, Deb Haaland, Isabel Allende, Helen Cordero, Emma Gonzalez, and María Martínez.
Visitors to the History and Literary Arts building are required to follow COVID-safe practices, such as the wearing of face coverings and staying six feet apart. Performance spaces and theaters, libraries, classrooms, and collection areas will remain closed until further notice.
Please visit www.nhccnm.org for more information.
About the National Hispanic Cultural Center
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. The Center presents mission related events throughout the year, some produced by its history, literary, performing and visual arts programs, and others by partnering with external organizations. Events take place at its 20-plus-acre campus, which includes a plaza, an art museum, a historic designated building, a library, and genealogy center. The Center is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.