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September 05, 2012

An Evita Exhibit Comes to New York

By Erin Schumaker | Arts + Culture

An Evita Exhibit Comes to New York
Courtesy Eva Perón Museum

New York’s Consulate General of Argentina is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the death of Eva Perón (widely known by her nickname, Evita) with an exhibition comprising nearly 50 paintings, photographs and clothing items related to the life and legacy of the Argentinian first lady. “Evita: Passion and Action,” on loan from Museo Evita in Buenos Aires, opens September 7.

"We believe that this exhibition tries to show Evita the way we see her,” says curator Gabriel Miremont, who has been with the museum since it opened in 2002. “She was one of the most important characters in our history, and the exhibit shows not only the glamour surrounding her, but, more importantly, her political character. We want to tell that story with historical rigor, as we do at the museum.”

Evita has a legacy that reaches far beyond her glamorous exterior and fondness for Dior dresses. As the second wife of president Juan Perón, Evita (pictured above in a ball gown by Paula Naletoff with Philipe Etter in 1947) was vaulted into the public eye, where she championed women’s suffrage, fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised and captured the hearts and minds of the nation. She succumbed to cancer in 1952 at the age of 33. “We want to show the world that Evita is not a well-built myth,” says Miremont. “She’s real, she’s passionate and she’s always present.” September 7 through 28; 12 W. 56th St.; 212-603-0443; cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar.