TALLER BORICUA at WHITEBOXNY

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Marcos Dimas 1975

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Lolita / 1971 Silkscreen by Marcos Dimas

ARTForALL

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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FROM ART WORKERS’ COALITION
THROUGH the PRESENT 
Curated by Yohanna M Roa
Taller Boricua Artists: Marcos Dimas, Adrián Garcia, Manuel Otero, Jorge Soto Sánchez,
Nitza Tufiño, René Ojeda, Davo Cruz, Armando Soto, Myrna Rodriguez, Jimmy Jiménez.
Women Artists: Esperanza Cortés, Stephanie S. Lee, Lori Horowitz, Lina Puerta, 
Ellen Alt.
Poets: Juana Ramos, Margarita Drago, Diana Gitesha Hernández, Lois Elaine Griffith. 
Video: “ArtForAll” was filmed in 1969, produced by Marcos Dimas, and digitally restored by Willie Correa. 
Video: The Puerto Rican Obituary, Pedro Pietri: filmed by Jorge Lozano

TALLER BORICUA—Celebrating 54 Years of CREATIVE FREEDOM

El Taller Boricua, (Puerto Rican workshop) From Art Workers Coalition to the Present, curated by Yohanna M Roa, opens next Thursday, April 27th, at WhiteBox-Loisaida. The exhibition gives full parity and voice to the women creators of the workshop, presenting a refreshing panoramic view of the Workshop’s 50-year history, which reveals the volume and complexity of their artistic production and the depth of their socio-cultural activism. The legacy of the Taller Boricua workshop is directly linked to the struggle against the socio-historical conditions and problems intrinsic to the NYC cultural and social context. It is an ongoing archival exhibition, as after 50 years, their work methodologies have been transformed along with their life stories. Join us at the opening reception and hear four outstanding women poets read live: Lois Elaine Griffith, Diana Gitesha Hernández, Juana Ramos and Margarita Drago.

READ ABOUT TALLER BORICUA at WHITEBOX

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.

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

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

Taller Boricua Gallery

1680 Lexington Ave.

New York, NewYork, 10029

RT Printmakers Studio

Visits  by Appointment 121 East 106 Street

212-831-4333

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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, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and the Office of NYC Council Deputy Speaker, Hon. Diana Ayala