Puerto Rican artists

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

In a moment when cryptocurrency has swiftly become a global phenomenon, this exhibition considers the ways in which dematerialized currency and the ostensible abstraction of value still have tangible impacts. Requiring access to the internet, smart devices, and various software and hardware, the digitization of finance is presented as a seamless, worldwide network, but it in fact has roots in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

TALLER BORICUA: A POLITICAL PRINT SHOP IN NEW YORK

In celebration of Taller Boricua’s 50th anniversary, El Museo del Barrio presents «Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York», the first monograph exhibition in three decades about the East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective workshop and alternative space. Curated by Rodrigo Moura, the exhibition is comprised of more than 200 works and ephemera, including serigraphs, lithographs, linocuts, paintings, assemblages, collages, and drawings by founding and early members.

JOSÉ LUIS VARGAS: MYTH-MAKING

The faces and figures in the work of José Luis Vargas (Puerto Rico, 1965) become surrogates of very deep thoughts related to a sharper gaze. The duality in the works were created by many years working with people from different backgrounds, and his studio practice interestingly submerged the people that inhabit the paintings. People on the edge of the sublime and the mythical without forgetting their human nature.

Vista de la exposición “Armario de la memoria”, de Daniel Lind-Ramos, en Marlborough Gallery, Nueva York, 2020. Foto: Pierre Le Hors.

DANIEL LIND-RAMOS: STORAGE OF MEMORY

Lind-Ramos has always told powerful stories through his works of art. It’s no wonder as oral, culinary, musical and visual storytelling are part of his Afro-descendent history and fundamental to his philosophy of being. As evident in the seven pieces exhibited here, Lind-Ramos’ sculptures have a powerful spirit-like presence portraying strength, potency, and depth. Each piece conveys a very particular story through the careful selection and use of materials.

Cristina Tufiño, Constellation Sunset (cubetas del atardecer), 2019, Glazed ceramic, lumina, flowers. Variable dimensions
. Unique. Courtesy: Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City

CRISTINA TUFIÑO: DANCING AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Her ceramics, in particular, render cuteness—or, pose as ruminations on cuteness. Cute meaning not just a thing we say about things, but a thing (lodged in things) that says something about how we talk about ourselves as homo sapiens, about commodities, and about aesthetics.

Jorge González, Ensayos Libertarios. Vista de la exposición "Topologías del Exceso", en la Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, EEUU. Cortesía del artista

Topologies of Excess:a Survey of Contemporary Practices From Puerto Rico

Cuesta College and the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery have invited eight Puerto Rican artists whose work examines the notion of ‘excess.’ In the island’s marginal corners, excess has helped to manifest emancipatory practices, opening spaces of intersectional solidarity – spaces of shared struggle where new practices can emerge. With participating artists Amara Abdal Figueroa, Zaida Adriana Goveo Balmaseda, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Jorge González, Natalia Lassalle Morillo, Juan Alberto Negroni, Mónica Rodríguez, and Mariola Rosario.