January 12 — February 10, 2018
Artist Talk with Adrian Viajero Roman
Saturday, February 10 at 2 pm
Taller Boricua Gallery / 1680 Lexington Avenue
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.
Hurricane Maria Disaster Relief at Taller Boricua Gallery
In order to support displaced individuals and families from Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria, scheduled exhibits at the Taller Boricua Gallery have been rescheduled for early 2018. Taller Boricua Gallery spaces, located on the ground floor of the Julia De Burgos Arts Center, are currently in use by New York Disaster Interfaith Services for winter clothing support.
A wide range of city’s services will also be offering in-person support and access to services to individuals affected by the hurricanes, and will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. The City of New York is urging individuals planning to visit the service centers to make an appointment beginning October 18 by visiting nyc.gov or call 311.