Museo de Arte de Ponce is Running on Diesel and a lot of Heart

Amongst widespread devastation of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the island's premier art museum is using art to provide respite and hope.

Despite the surrounding physical destruction and a lack of power or outside communications, the Museo de Arte de Ponce re-opened within a week following the storm. It has resumed workshops and other public programming and is offering free admission.

The museum, which was designed by MoMA architect Edward Durell Stone, is the permanent home of Frederic Leighton's painting "Flaming June" (colloquially known as "the Mona Lisa of the Southern Hemisphere.")

An exhibition developed with the Frick, "Pequeños tesoros de la Frick Collection," remains on track to open next month.

Photo by  Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez

Photo by  Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez