—Serving the Community of East Harlem and Beyond—
The Puerto Rican Workshop / Taller Boricua
Gilberto Gonzalez, Jorge Soto, Fernando Salicrup (standing), Josie Gonzalez, Marcos Dimas, Julio Quiñones, Wanda Quiñones and Jesus Muñoz
During the 1970s, issues of social justice, democracy, egalitarianism, and critiques of capitalist excesses inspired artists to create conceptual, performance, and installation-based art. SoHo, Tribeca, and the Lower East Side became the primary meccas for artists, performers, and musicians involved with non-traditional work. These neighborhoods became populated with experimental and artist-run spaces that featured conceptual, video, performance, installation, and sound art, as well as artists’ books. However, for one group of Puerto Rican Latinos, East Harlem of New York became their primary creative home stage.
Taller Boricua, Since its founding in 1969 by artists Marcos Dimas, Adrian Garcia, Manuel Otero, Armando Soto, and Martin Rubio, the Puerto Rican Workshop, has been instrumental with the cultural and social well-being of the East Harlem neighborhood known as “El Barrio.” Taller Boricua’s earliest mission statement describes as its purpose “to establish a cultural and educational center for the Puerto Rican community in New York City” and to enhance the “aesthetic, cultural, historical, political, and economic experience of Puerto Ricans in New York.”
Taller Boricua began as an artist collective. In order to disseminate art throughout traditionally underserved communities, the group held guerilla outdoor exhibitions and cultural events involving music, poetry, and the visual arts all around New York City. They also participated in and curated exhibitions in El Barrio. An early collaborator within the Nuyorican poetry and art movement, Taller Boricua continues to be a catalyst for ideas and an experimental forum for the arts.
El Museo del Barrio and Taller Boricua have been closely linked through the years. In 1978, Taller Boricua moved to the Heckscher Building on Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, which houses El Museo del Barrio. Taller Boricua’s Artistic Director, Marcos Dimas, served on the original Advisory Board of El Museo and Fernando Salicrup, Taller Boricua’s Executive Director, later served on El Museo’s Board of Directors. Taller Boricua the lead organization in the initiative, eventually moved to its current location in the JDBLCC in East Harlem in the year 2000. It remains actively exhibiting the work of emerging and underrepresented Latino- American artists.
Taller Boricua was established in El Barrio of East Harlem in 1969 and incorporated in 1970 as the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc.—a 501(c) non-profit arts organization. Now in its 50th anniversary year, it continues bringing attention and relevancy to artists who are unrepresented and marginalized by the dominant cultural gatekeepers of our times. Its historic-artistic engagement with the Young Lords Party, who were headquartered then on the same city block, infused the inspiration that gave rise to the socially political, cultural, and poetic Nuyorican Movement.
Taller Boricua Gallery / Artist Workshop / Event Space
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 12-6 pm / Thursdays 1-7 pm
1680 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10029 / Julia De Burgos Latino Arts Center
Accessible to individuals with disabilities / Admission is always FREE
Gallery contact (212) 828-4333
All programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Taller Boricua is also funded in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, Consejo Grafico, the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. and individual contributors
Taller Boricua Board of Directors
Marcos Dimas / Executive Director
Dan Comas / President
Nitza Tufiño / Artistic Director
Jose Carreo / Treasure
Humberto Cintron /
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