Taller Boricua Protests Exclusion of Community Artists from Art Heritage of Puerto Rico Exhibition

1973 Highlights:

Spring 1973

El Museo del Barrio relocates to a series of storefronts on 3rd Avenue and 107th Street. Nitza Tufiño executes a mural featuring masked dancers at the annual Santiago de Apostal festival in Loiza Puerto Rico on the façade of El Museo del Barrio’s storefront location.   Marcos Dimas has the first solo show in the new space.

April 30, 1973 Taller Boricua protests the exclusion of  community artists from the Art Heritage of Puerto Rico exhibition.

The Art Heritage of Puerto Rico was the first major survey of Puerto Rican art  held in New York., Spanning from the pre-Columbian era to the early 1970, s oas displayed at El Museo Del Barrio storefront galleries on 107th street and 3rd avenue from April 30 to July 1st  1973 and re-installed at the Metropolitan Museum from  July October, 1973. With the exception of Rafael Tufino and Carlos Osorio, none of the artists associated with Taller Boricua were selected to participate.

December 1973 – Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez writes an open letter to  Puerto Rican political parties and student organizations defending art and poetry as revolutionary labor.

Related Events

The City University of New York  sanctions the creation of  El Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos (THE CENTTER FOR PUERTO RICAN STUDIES)

Manuel Neco Otero is employed  as the centro’s graphic designer.  Otero coined the centro’s motto luchar a aprender, appreder a luchar….

Artists demand that the Friends of Puerto Rico reorganizes it board and become more responsible to the Puerto Rican community; . Among the players in the upheavel were s Nilda Peraza and who becomes a board member in 1973. Members claimed that the friends did not meet the needs of the ny artists.  The society loses its building and moves to a space on 14th and broaday.  The board hires Jack Augueros to direct the space.

Hank Prussing and Manny Vega paint The Spirit of East Harlem Mural.

Geno Rodriguez curates Dos Mundos, a documentary photography show that examined Puerto Rican life on the island and New York is organized by thet at The New York Cultural Center. Participating photographers were: Charles Biasiny Rivera, Roger Caban, Maximo Colon, Philip Dante, Angel Franco and Adal Maldonando.   Curated by Geno Rodriguez, Dos Mundos was first major exhibition to highlight the work of contemporary Puerto Rican photographers; the participating photographers later formed the collective, En Foco. Dos Mundos received good review in the NYTIMES JAN 6, 1974

Nicholassa Mohr publishes Nilda and wins award—cover is graffiti laden –her own design

Ana Marta Morales, founds the Puerto Rican Center for the Arts on the lower east side.

Pedro Pietri publishes Puerto Rican Obituary


Exhibitions/Events at 1536 Madison Avenue & 104th St.

Jan                        Poets at Taller Borica

Apr  14                 Marcos Dimas solo show

April 30               Group Show

June 12                Visit from Queens College students

July 19                  Visit from Queen College Summer Youth Program

June 24                Visit from St. Edwards

July 26                 Visit from Queens College

July 27                  Visit from Soundview Youth Agency

Aug 1                     Visit from Aspira

Aug 2                    Visit from Queens College

Aug  12                  Visit  from Morris Heights Neighborhood Improvement Association

Sept                        Paper Mache Workshop b y Esperana Martell

September 20       Visit from Laguardia College

Traveling Exhibitions/Events

Jan 6                       City Hall, Stamford, CT

Jan 26                     Expo Hispanic Youth Council, The Bronx

Feb 2.                     Poetry and Paintings show

Feb 9                      Carlos Osorio at El Museo del Barrio

Feb.  24                 Poster Exhibit Hunter College, Manhattan

March 7                 Posters painitngs Barnard College, Manhattan

March 19               New York Urban Coalition, Manhattan

March 30               Inauguration of El Museo del Barrio’s  3rd Avenue Space with works by Marcos Dimas

April 1—                 Casa Betances, Manhattan

April 10—                Washington Irving High School, Manhattan

April 21—                Lecture and Exhibition at Columbia University, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Building,Manhattan

May 19—                 Hunter College, Manhattan: Event “Cancion de Protesta”

May 20—                  Metropolitan Hospital Health Fair, Manhattan

May 25—                 Bilingual Performing Arts Festival, The Bronx

June 14—Central Commercial High School, Manhattan

July 14—Fundraiser at  Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, The Bronx

July 29— outdoor show at Soundview Avenue Block Party, The Bronx

Agust 15- Youth Service Agency Expo at City Hall Park

August 26—outdoor show at Puerto Rican Folklore Festival, Central Park

August 31—outdoor show Children’s Aid Society, 101 and lex Manhattan

September 23—“outdoor show Aware Day”/Central Park, Manhattan

September 19 –  outdoor show 149th St, Bronx

Oct, 6          Model Cities Open Air Expo

October 9-13—Third World Arts Festival, Columbia U. International House

October Oct. 19—       Fordham University, Manhattan

Oct 26         Melrose Community Services, 470 161st, Bronx

November 13—Lecture and show on PUerto Rican and P.S. 171, The Bronx

Nov. 16        Lecture and show of Puerto rican art Brooklyn College

November 19—Essex County Community College, Newark, NJ (exhibiton included photograpy

November 20—Lehman College, CUNY, Manhattan (posters, photos and ceramics)

November 21—Madison Square Boys Club, The Bronx

Nov 22        exhibition at Center for Puetro Rican Studies Bilingual and Experimental Program at 106th streeet

Poster commissions 

Jan 4           Posters for tenants at 90th and Columbus

Jan 11         Casa Puerto Rico

Jan 17         Carlos Osorio at El Museo del barrio

Jan 29         Poets at Taller announcement

Feb1             Teatro Bravo

Fe. 14          Boricuas Unidos

April 14       Marcos Dimas exhibition

May 5           El Comite

May 22       Demonstration posters

June 6         History and Activity Book for district 4

June 18       PSP Hoboken

June 21       PSP Dance, N.J.

June 22       Realidades (j.Soto)

June 24       Posters for Youth Community Basketball team

July 10      Bilingual Conference

August 18    Donation of posters to Pedro Albizu Campos Health Center, Chicago Ill

October 30  Festival of Masks Workshop poster