New Chairman for El Museo del Barrio


El Museo del Barrio, the oldest museum in the United States devoted to Latino art, is appointing a new board chairman, Graham Bowley reports in The New York Times.

It said Michael J. Garcia, a former United States attorney who has served on the board since 2010, will succeed Tony Bechara, who is stepping down after leading the museum’s board for 15 years.

Mr. Garcia, 53, has been the board’s vice chairman since 2013.

Mr. Bechara will stay on with the title of chairman emeritus.

Mr. Garcia, a partner in the law firm Kirkland & Ellis who served as the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2005 to 2008 and was in that role at the time of the resignation of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York, will assume the new role at the institution on June 3. The museum, at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street, is considered a major center for Latino art and culture, but it has gone through a few years of money troubles and the departure of senior staff.

A new director, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, took over last year.

The news was reported by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

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