Curated by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio

March 13, 2020 –  January 17, 2021

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Focused on its first decade of existence, the exhibition also looks at the close relationship between Taller Boricua and El Museo del Barrio, examining their common members, ethos, and the artists’ role in the creation of a visual identity for the Museum’s programs and exhibitions in its early years.

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Rafael Montañez Ortiz, a pioneer of the Dada offshoot of Destructivism, and founder of Museo del Barrio, wrote his first Destructivist Manifesto in 1962, theorizing a direct approach toward art-making that located transcendent creativity within the act of literally (and sometimes violently) deconstructing objects.

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Realidades was the first national Latino television series in public television history in the United States of America. The groundbreaking television series highlighted a cross-section of events, activities, organizations, and individuals, all of which were significantly illustrating and defining our ”realities” during the 1960s and 1970s

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In 1971, Jorge Soto began working with the Taller Boricua artists' workshop's collaborators, whose art reflected an ideological re-revisioning of the "roots" of Puerto Rican culture and attempted to reconcile this with the experiences of the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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Celebrating printmaking Masters who ennobled the tradition of social advocacy and creative freedom.

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Artists: Eliezer Berrios • Betty BP Cole • James Cuebas • Elsie Deliz

Beyond a Linen Canvas: This exhibit “Experimental Techniques in Printmaking” is the result of an intense period of mentorship and education of printmaking techniques that include pronto plate, lithography, silkscreen, linocut, wood engraving, intaglio, and etching to name a few. Eliezer Berrios, Betty BP Cole, James Cuebas, and Elsie Deliz have demonstrated that they have grasped the concepts as visual artists to express their creativity beyond a linen canvas and developed a growing love of art on paper. Master Printers learn from their students, and it has been a rewarding experience to be a witness to the depth and breadth of their unique exploration as printmakers, first as apprentices and now emerging artists. Visual Artist and Master Printer Rodriguez Calero, as installation designer, weaved the art and stories displayed on the Taller Boricua Gallery walls. Bravo to Berrios, Cole, Cuebas, and Deliz.”- Nitza Tufiño, Curator and Director of Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop at Taller Boricua.

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Taller Boricua Board of  Directors

Marcos Dimas

Executive Director

Dan Comas

Chairman of the Board

Nitza Tufiño


Jose Carrero


Ethan Casey

Humberto Cintron

William Cruz Colon

Roger Hernanadez

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

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