El País covers “La Colonia” exhibit

September 5, 2010

This morning’s issue of El País highlights the exhibit “La Colonia, Spanish Immigrants in New York, 1898-1945,” curated by ALBA’s  James D. Fernández and co-sponsored by ALBA and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, opening September 17th at 6:15pm. Through some sixty family photographs and other objects, the show reconstructs the untold story of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Spanish immigration to New York. Although changes in immigration law decreased the flow of Spanish migrants to the city, by 1930 between 25,000 and 30,000 New Yorkers belonged to the Spanish colonia, which spawned clubs, associations, shops, bookstores, and rural summer communities in the Catskills–the so-called villas. More here.