September 22, 2020

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Jose Fresan

CATEGORY

El Taller Boricua at El Museo del Barrio.

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Now that museums are reopening with timed tickets in New York, I got the opportunity to check out El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, New York City. There I bumped into the exhibition Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York. I was fascinated to learn about this …

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Now that museums are reopening with timed tickets in New York, I got the opportunity to check out El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, New York City. There I bumped into the exhibition Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York. I was fascinated to learn about this group of young Puerto Rican artists in the 60’s, that got together to create an artistic collaboration that lives on until the present day.

El Taller Boricua was founded in 1969 by Puerto Rican artists in New York City, the goal of the group was to promote the arts and culture of the Puerto Rican community in New York City, and give a platform to underrepresented Puerto Rican artists. Its founders included artists and activists like Carlos Osorio, Rafael Tufino, Fernando Salicrup, Marcos Dimas and Nitza Tufiño.

The exhibition focuses more on the activist activities of the group, showcasing protest art created by different members of El Taller. The artwork includes posters, paintings, and mixed media pieces that cover a wide range of political and social struggles of the Puerto Rican and Latino community. The exhibition showcases the wide range of founder member, Marcos Dimas, his work goes from protest posters to nearly abstract paintings.

There is something about the collaboration between artists towards the same cause that inspires me a lot. These groups like Atelier Populaire in Paris, El Taller de Grafica Popular in Mexico and El Taller Boricua in New York highlight the importance of artists in social movements.

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