- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The former longtime head of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is becoming board chairman of an Upper Manhattan museum devoted to art from Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Philippe de Montebello hopes to raise the profile of the 111-year-old Hispanic Society of America. It’s between West 155th and 156th streets in Washington Heights.

He told The Wall Street Journal (https://on.wsj.com/1FbUEr9 ) he hopes to raise $5 million to renovate an adjoining building for rotating exhibitions.

The museum’s collection includes works by Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. But it doesn’t have room for temporary exhibitions.

The museum is also famous for its panoramic gallery of 14 large-scale paintings by Joaquin Sorolla (hwah-KEEN’ soh-ROY’-yuh.)

Its library contains over 250,000 books, including 15,000 printed before 1701, and 90,000 photographs from 1840 to 1920.

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Information from: The Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com

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