Formerly a warehouse associated with the Mercado complex, the Museo Alameda was the first major component of the Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture. The exterior of the two-story stucco structure is highlighted by a strong color palette, as well as entrance art work by Andy Benavidez designed in the manner of a huge cut-tin luminaria—a folk art light fixture fabricated from thin sheets of metal with stamped, punched, and cut-out ornament patterns. The twenty thousand square feet of gallery space displays materials from the Smithsonian Institution, with which the Museo Alameda is affiliated.
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