5 - 9 p.m. June 20, 2014


Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898!

Curator Richard Aste from the Brooklyn Museum will give a lecture titled “Expanding and Redefining American Art at the Brooklyn Museum.” Plus, we’ve got live music and art activities for the whole family.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Javier Olondo
  • 6 p.m.: Lecture with curator Richard Aste of the Brooklyn Museum, “Expanding and Redefining American Art at the Brooklyn Museum”

About “Expanding and Redefining American Art at the Brooklyn Museum”

For over seventy years the Brooklyn Museum has been a leader among U.S. institutions in the promotion of Spanish American culture through the visual arts. Beginning in 1941 with curator Herbert J. Spinden’s landmark purchase of fourteen hundred artworks from eight Latin American countries and culminating with Brooklyn’s 2012 acquisition of ten transformative Spanish-and British-colonial masterpieces, the Museum has been a constant force behind our understanding of “American” art and identity in this country.

Richard Aste will speak on Brooklyn’s pan-American approach to its renowned New World collections and its continued commitment to celebrating America’s finest artistic expressions over four centuries of European rule. Special attention will be given to colonial objects from the Caribbean Basin, a region surprisingly overlooked in Spanish American surveys.

About Richard Aste

Richard Aste joined the Brooklyn Museum in the spring of 2010 as Curator of European Art. From 2007 until 2010, he was Associate Curator of European Art at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, where he organized El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces of Spanish Painting from the Prado, The Journey to Impressionism, Masterpieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce, and The Age of Rodin. At Brooklyn, Aste oversees the Museum’s holdings of European painting, sculpture, and works on paper from the Middle Ages through 1945 as well as the institution’s world-renowned Spanish colonial collection. He was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Miami. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his M.A. from Hunter College, and his M.Phil. from the CUNY Graduate Center, and he has taught at Hunter College and worked as an Old Master paintings and drawings specialist at Christie’s New York and Rome. Aste’s other curatorial credits include Giulio Romano: Master Designer (1999); Venus and Love: Michelangelo and the New Ideal of Beauty (2002); Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 (2013); and Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and his Transatlantic World (2015).

About Javier Adrian Olondo

Born in Houston, Texas, Mr. Olondo began his musical studies with Rosa Puertas in Barcelona, Spain in 1977. In 1980 he moved to Havana, Cuba where he continued his studies in guitar at the Conservatory Manuel Saumell. At the age of 13, he debuted as a soloist in a special concert in Havana’s First International Guitar Festival. In 1988 he graduated top of his class from the Escuela Nacional de Musica and was the recipient of the Titulo de Oro (Golden Title Award). Upon completion of his higher level studies in 1991 from Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, he moved to Europe where followed an intense schedule of concerts and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Hochscule Fur Musik and Darstellende Kunst Monzarteum, in Salzburg, Austria. There he studied under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk, Joaquin Clerch, and harpsichordist Anthony Spiri. In 1998 he obtained the title of Magister in Arts specializing in guitar. Among other teachers, he has been taught by Manuel Barrueco, David Rusell, Flavio Cucci, and Wolfgang Lendle.

His recordings in radio and television, along with his participation in important festivals and concerts throughout Europe, North, and South America date back to his younger years. In addition to various composers dedicating works to him, he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums. Mr. Olondo teaches classical guitar at Tulane University in New Orleans, and tours the United States and Europe with his popular concert series. Mr. Olondo is also director of the Cuban band AsheSon and host of the popular TV show “Que Pasa New Orleans”

About Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 14921898 is the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art. Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers. The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women’s sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture.

This event is related to the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898.