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Wistariahurst Museum, Exhibit: Museo Casa Cautiño-Insúa

April 6 - May 25

Through May 25, 2018. Co-sponsored by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Wistariahurst is excited to welcome you into into the realm of Guayama, Puerto Rico, in a comparative museology installation which offers a combination of art, story, and history.

Walk through the doors of Wistariahurst and be transported into the central plaza of Guayama, Puerto Rico as you journey through an immersive installation created by a collaborative team led by Curator Alvilda Sophia Anaya Alegria, artist, economist, and Professor at Cambridge College.

The exhibit will focus on the architecture and history of the Museo Casa Cautiño, a striking Neo-Classical structure built in Guayama in 1887 – just around the time that Wistariahurst was moved to and expanded upon in Holyoke. This historic house museum, like Belle’s Wistariahurst home, is designed to romance guests the minute they walk in. Through history, photography, and art the exhibit will explore the parallels between Wistariahurst and Museo Casa Cautiño, including strong female inhabitants and close ties to the economic development of their respective hometowns, and the differences in the architecture and histories of the two homes.

The exhibit is co-curated by Aníbal Ernesto Rodriguez Ayala, ICP Museum Educator, Penni Martorell, Wistariahurst, with translation support from Professor Alba Martinez and research assistance from Mabel Martinez. Photography by Sergio Gómez Velázquez, and brochure design by Angel David Santos. Special thanks to Commissioner Martínez Gómez who accepted being part of this team representing the Autonomous Municipality of Guayama.

The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) is an institution of the Government of Puerto Rico responsible for the establishment of the cultural policies required in order to study, preserve, promote, enrich, and diffuse the cultural values of Puerto Rico. These include 18 Museums and a Ceremonial Taíno Indigenous Archeological Park.


April 6
May 25


Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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