Museo Urbano, 2006–present
This is a Project. It was collaborator: University of Texas at El Paso and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, with El Segundo Barrio residents and community activists. It is dated 2006–present.
When El Segundo Barrio, a historically significant neighborhood in El Paso, Texas, was threatened with demolition, historians collaborated with residents and activists, creating Museo Urbano, installing banners and a mural depicting historical figures on buildings throughout the barrio to call attention to the significance of the neighborhood, and later occupying a historically noteworthy tenement building in the center of the barrio. Inspired by UNESCO’s museos comunitarios—conserving and facilitating a community’s social and cultural aspiration—Museo Urbano community collaborations reclaim, preserve, and interpret El Paso–Ciudad Juárez borderland history.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.