January 12 — February 4, 2018
Curated by Adrian Viajero Roman
Signed in 1917 by President Wilson, The Jones-Shafroth Act granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in Puerto Rico on or after April 25, 1898, a complex and significant turning point for the people of Puerto Rico.
(New York, NY – December 18, 2017) – Curated by Adrián Viajero Román, Puerto Rican artist and co-founder of DEFEND PUERTO RICO, the CITICIEN traveling exhibition will feature 100 artworks highlighting the historical and present-day impact of the Jones Act. The opening reception will be on January 6th, the same day as the Puerto Rican celebration of Los Tres Reyes Magos.
Opening Reception Saturday, January 6th, 2018 until Wednesday January 31st at Taller Boricua (1680 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029), from 6-10PM.
Following strict visual guidelines of size and a black-and-white only palette, the exhibit’s theme is one of visual consistency and commitment, acting as a metaphor of the unified voice and solidarity with Puerto Ricans during this critical political time. CITICIEN, in an effort to nurture greater solidarity and collaboration, will feature 100 Puerto Rican artists from the island and the diaspora, including Antonio Martorell, Nitza Tufiño, Diogenes Ballester, Sofia Maldonado, and Celso Gonzalez, among many others. *
Programming will consist of an artist talk, a series of short films and interviews will be on display during the opening reception, as well as visitors being able to interact with immersive 360 and AR experiences that have been produced as part of the DEFEND PUERTO RICO Project.
“I believe our exhibit will offer viewers a thought provoking space for dialogue around the multi-faceted narrative of what U.S. citizenship has meant to Puerto Rican’s, both on the island and the diaspora, and what its impacts have been, especially in today’s political and economic climate. ”, expressed Román.
CITICIEN: El Barrio NYC Opening Reception Saturday, January 6th, 2018 6pm-10pm Taller Boricua 1680 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029 About DEFEND PUERTO RICO Defend PR is a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. Recognizing the complex and dynamic landscapes that comprise Puerto Rican daily life and struggle, Defend PR seeks to deepen connections between Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora, in the hopes of nurturing greater solidarity, collaboration, and kinship.
Gallery Hours Wednesday, Fridays & Saturdays 12 to 6pm / Thursdays 1 to 7pm
All other times by appointment / 212 831-4333 / contact @tallerboricua
This exhibit is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. It is also supported in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, Consejo Grafico and the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc.