March 5, 2020

POSTED BY

Rafael Esquer

CATEGORY

The Legacy of Taller Boricua at El Museo del Barrio

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Jorge Soto Sánchez, 1974 In the 1970s many New York artists were concerned about issues of social justice, democracy, egalitarianism, and capitalistic excesses.The musicians, artists and performers involved were, for the most part, based in downtown Manhattan; the Lower East Side, SoHo, and Tribeca. Yet there was one group of …

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Jorge Soto Sánchez, 1974

In the 1970s many New York artists were concerned about issues of social justice, democracy, egalitarianism, and capitalistic excesses.The musicians, artists and performers involved were, for the most part, based in downtown Manhattan; the Lower East Side, SoHo, and Tribeca. Yet there was one group of Puerto Rican Latinos who made East Harlem their creative home stage. Their name? Taller Boricua.

It’s well fitting then that El Museo del Barrio is celebrating Taller Boricua’s 50th anniversary with a special exhibition titled, Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York. The show will display more than 200 works and ephemera, including serigraphs, lithographs, linocuts, paintings, assemblages, collages, and drawings by founding and early members, including Marcos Dimas, Carlos Osorio (1927-1984), Jorge Soto Sánchez (1947-1987), Nitza Tufiño, and Rafael Tufiño (1922-2008), among several others.

The exhibition mainly focuses on the group’s first decade of existence. The themes are centered on issues of Puerto Rican independence, workers’ rights, and anti-imperialism both locally and in the Caribbean and Latin America, issues that remain relevant today. Taller Boricua is best known for its cultural empowerment and political activism, the organization commonly known as ‘The Puerto Rican Workshop,’ which began as a printmaking studio, produced and circulated hundreds of prints by artists. 

Seeing this exhibition will undoubtedly inspire you to raise your voice. Now more than ever there is a great need to get involved in political activism. 

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Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York
Curated by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio
On view March 25 – June 28, 2020

1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029
212.831.7272
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

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Marcos Dimas, Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican Freedom Fighter,
ca. 1971, Collection of El Museo del Barrio

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