BotanicÁrte 

March 8 – May 11, 2024

Exhibition Walkthrough with Artists & Curators:

Friday, March 8, 6-8 pm

BotanicÁrte Parté: Saturday, April 20, 8-10 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-6 pm; Monday-Sunday Closed

 

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Gina Goico, "Casa"
BotanicÁrte: March 8 – May 11, 2024
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Exhibition Walkthrough with Artists & Curators: Friday, March 8, 6-8pm
Liana Collective, Untitled:
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BotanicÁrte Parté: Saturday, April 20, 8-10 pm
Misla, Detail of “El Comedor”
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Curated by Andrea Sofía Matos

Featuring the work of Liana Collective, Gina M. Goico, and Misla

BotanicÁrte explores the role of artists as healers, showcasing their unique contributions to integrative wellness and activism. The exhibition features three artists: Liana Collective, Gina M. Goico, and Misla. Each artist will be doing a site-specific installation, presenting their work in a holistic approach to healing through the arts. Indigenous traditions inspire some, while others reference their context, histories, and practices.

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One featured artist, the Liana Collective, explores healing through the arts as a process that bridges human, plant, and spiritual realms. Through their research project, Coca Worlds, they address the traditional healing properties of the coca plant for indigenous communities in Latin America, as well as its historical misuse and destructive effects of colonial appropriation and manipulation. Artist Gina Goico shares her journey of discovering solace and transformative healing through art, underscoring its profound influence in navigating life’s complexities mainly through interactive soft sculptures called “LovingSUITS” inviting reflection on the complexity of self-love and family dynamics. Misla, our third exhibiting artist, delves into memory, identity, and cultural heritage themes, crafting artwork that fosters connection and understanding within her community. Her contribution to the exhibition is a community healing room complemented by a video installation featuring a compilation of artists who, through an open call, express how their art, whether in its creation or observation, serves as a source of healing. 

BotanicÁrte explores how art contributes to wellness, drawing on the Afro-Caribbean botánica. It challenges traditional healthcare ideas, showcasing art’s transformative power in individual and community healing. The exhibition offers an immersive experience, inviting viewers to consider art’s healing role in daily life.

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Nueva York, NY – 21 de febrero de 2024 – Taller Boricua se complace en anunciar la apertura de la exhibición BotanicÁrte el 8 de marzo de 2024. Celebrando la profunda conexión entre el arte y la sanación, BotanicÁrte explora el papel de los artistas como sanadores, mostrando sus contribuciones únicas a la salud integrativa y al activismo. La exposición presenta a tres artistas: Colectivo Liana, Gina M. Goico y Misla. Cada artista realizará una instalación específica del sitio, presentando su trabajo en un enfoque holístico de sanación a través de las artes, algunos toman inspiración directa de tradiciones indígenas y otros hacen referencia a su contexto, historias y práctica.

Uno de los artistas destacados, el Colectivo Liana, explora la sanación a través de su proyecto de investigación, “Coca Worlds”, que busca resaltar el valor rehabilitador, mistico, politico, medicinal y nutricional de la planta de coca atraves del arte contemporáneo. El trabajo de Gina Goico, “LovingSUITS”, es un testimonio conmovedor de cómo el arte puede ofrecer consuelo y sanación transformadora a través de esculturas blandas interactivas, que invitan a reflexionar sobre la complejidad del amor propio y las dinámicas familiares. Misla, nuestra tercera artista, profundiza en temas de memoria e identidad, creando obras de arte que fomentan la conexión y comprensión dentro de su comunidad. Su contribución a la exhibición es una sala de sanación comunitaria complementada por una instalación de video con una compilación de artistas que, a través de una convocatoria abierta, expresan cómo su arte, ya sea en su creación u observación, sirve como fuente de sanación.

BotanicÁrte explora cómo el arte contribuye al bienestar, basándose en la botánica afrocaribeña. Desafía las ideas tradicionales de atención médica, mostrando el poder transformador del arte en la curación individual y comunitaria. La exhibición ofrece una experiencia inmersiva, invitando a los espectadores a considerar el papel curativo del arte en la vida diaria.

Para obtener información adicional sobre Colectivo Liana, Gina M. Goico y/o Misla, comuníquese con Andrea Sofía Matos en rmandreasofia@gmail.com.

Galerías Taller Boricua 1680 Lexington Avenue, Harlem, NYC, New York 10029. Direcciones: Tren 6 a la calle 103. Entrada gratuita Accesible para personas con discapacidades. T: 212.831.4333; contact@tallerboricua.org; http://www.tallerborica.org

Acerca del Taller Boricua: Fundado en 1969, el Taller Boricua / Puerto Rican Workshop defiende la diversidad, equidad e inclusión en las artes. Como organización artística pionera, su continua defensa de artistas interdisciplinarios no representados, desatendidos y marginados tanto amplía el mundo del arte y la cultura para toda la sociedad como fortalece nuestras comunidades dentro de él.

Equipo de apoyo a la exhibición BotanicÁrte: Marcos Dimas, Director Ejecutivo y Artístico del Taller Boricua, y Jesús Muñiz (Jay), Asistente de Galería. Además: Christine Licata, Consultora, e Isabella Rivera, Asistente Curatorial.

Esta exhibición y programación pública es posible gracias al apoyo del Departamento de Juventud y Desarrollo Comunitario de la Ciudad de Nueva York, el Departamento de Asuntos Culturales de la Ciudad de Nueva York, el Consejo de las Artes del Estado de Nueva York, la Zona de Empoderamiento del Alto Manhattan, Material for the Arts, Banco Ponce de León, Goya Foods y contribuyentes individuales.

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO:  September 12, 2020 – January 17, 2021

TALLER BORICUA: A POLITICAL PRINTSHOP IN NEW YORK
*Online Exhibition*

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Lolita / 1971 Silkscreen by Marcos Dimas

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A Historic 1969 Short 16mm Film About the Founding of Taller Boricua

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Albizo / 1972 Silkscreen by Marcos Dimas

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Yolanda Velazquez,
Taller Boricua 6'x 3' Linoleum Print

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Top Row: Ralph Salicrup, Fernando Salicrup. Jorge Soto,
Papo Colo Mid Row: Manny Vega, Nestor Otero,
Gloria Rodriguez, Marcos Dimas, Lower Row: Jose Rodriguez

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Taller Boricua emerged in East Harlem within the cultural landscape of New York City in 1969, alongside the artistic effervescence that took place Downtown, particularly in SoHo, Tribeca, and the Lower East Side. Their objective was to activate, through art, processes of social resistance in frequently neglected, underserved communities. From their inception, they have been part of the Nuyorican movement that originated in the late 1960s in neighborhoods like Loisaida, Williamsburg, and East Harlem aka El Barrio; visual artists, writers, especially poets, and musicians converged in El Taller (The Workshop), where prints, Spoken Word and Salsa developed within the environment of Latin American culture, today deeply rooted in New York.

El Taller Boricua (The Boricua Puerto Rican Workshop), From the Art Workers Coalition to the Present, is the first exhibition in the “New York Artscapes” series in which WhiteBox is creating a platform to welcome and make visible cultural processes that have fundamentally constituted the cultural landscape of this city but dwell outside the hegemonic discourse due to race, gender, and/or social class. The show presents a panoramic view of the 50-year history of the Workshop, which reveals the volume and complexity of their artistic production directly linked to the social and historical problems of their community. It is an ongoing archival exhibition because it is understandable that after 50 years of uninterrupted work, their work methodologies have been transformed along with their own life stories. Thus, our pondering over New York City’s storied past is quite different now than in 1969.

In New York, the 1970s were characterized by the growing activism within the artistic movement; in May 1970, those the artists demonstrated in the commonly known “Art Strike” against racism, sexism, repression, and the Vietnam War. Likewise, artists based in the city began questioning the essence of art, transforming how contemporary art was created and exhibited, seeking to push the limits of the white cube. For its part, Taller Boricua has worked from what is known today as “insurgent aesthetics.”[1], where their artistic practices are defined as collective, relational, and situated; therefore, they are an expansive form of manifestation against extant forms of domination. Their trajectory reveals their resistance to racial and social class violence exerted on the non-white population, especially upon the Puerto Rican population in New York City.

The Workshop was founded by the artists Marcos Dimas, Adrián García, Manuel Otero, Armando Soto, and Martín Rubio, who in parallel were linked to the AWC movement (The Art Workers Coalition), where (among various statements) museums were required to become more open and less exclusive regarding exhibition policy regarding when working with the artists they exhibited and promoted. One year after the founding of Toleration, the community of Latin American visual artists, writers, and musicians, especially Puerto Ricans, had expanded: Nitza Tufiño, Ada Soto, Carlos Osorio, Olga Alemán, Rafael Tufiño, Dylcia Pagan, Edwin Pitre, Julius Perri, Juan Gonzales, Bobby Ortiz, Jimmy Jiménez, Abdías Gonzales, Sammy Tanco y Vitin Linares, among others. Early on, they had the vision of developing programs that revolved around the reclaiming of Puerto Rican roots, including the rescue of the Taino past and processes of social and educational resistance in schools and public spaces in East Harlem, direct links with the socio-political activist group The Young Lords, support for families of young people killed by the police and dissemination of Nuyorican cultural production.

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Taller Boricua Board of  Directors

Marcos Dimas

Executive Director

Dan Comas

Chairman of the Board

Nitza Tufiño

Secretary

Jose Carrero

Treasurer

Ethan Casey

Humberto Cintron

William Cruz Colon

Roger Hernanadez

Hiram Vidal, Esq.

All programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, UMEZ Cultural Aid Fund, the NYC Council Deputy Speaker, Hon. Diana Ayala and the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc..