Relocation to loft Space 1536 Madison Avenue enables TB to offer more studio spaces to artists and increase production of posters, traveling shows and workshops; TB joins demonstrations to get Puerto Rican/Latino program, Realidades, broadcast on public television.
August 7, 1972 TB featured in New York Magazine’s examination of Latin/Puerto Rican Impact on New York Style : “The Big Mango Issue”
October 13, 1972 TB relocates to a large loft on 1536 Madison Avenue that offered semi-private and communal studios to Puerto Rican artists. Membership grows and diversifies with the creation of facilities for printmaking, film and photography.
Taller Boricua’s six year stay 1536 Madison Avenue was fruitful for its growth as organization and for the many artists that used the space on long and short term bases. The loft was broken up into, individual studios and a darkroom managed Maximo Colon; open spaces were used for informal exhibitions, printmaking, workshops, performances and general community use.. Artists who held Marcos Dimas, Manuel Otero, Fernando Salicrup, Rafael Colon Morales, Sandra Maria Estevez, Jorge Soto, Martin Tito Perez, Eperanza Martell,
Artists who held individual studios at Taller Boricua for a substantial periods of time and contributed to the workshop’s upkeep include: Marcos Dimas, Carlos Osorio, Jorge Soto, Martin Tito Perez, Tony Vasquez, Fernando Salicrup, Sandra Maria Estevez, and Esperanza Martell , Luis Cancel, , Rafael Colon Morales, Davo Cruz, Jimmy Jimenez. Maximo Colon
Artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and poets who were affiliated to Taller Boricua as frequent vistors/supporters include: Pedro Pietri, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Dylica Pagan, Carlos Ortiz, Joe Falcon, Miriam Matinez, Nestor Otero, Manuel Neco Otero; Tony Rivera, Miguel Algarin, Americo Casiano, Tato Laviera, Jose Morales, Jacqueline Biaggi, Brenda Alejandro, Lillian Jimenez, .Geno Rodriguez, Bimbo Rivas, Geno Rodigurez
The move to 1536 begins a period of intense period of productivity printmaking for community groups, holding workshops and lectures on Puerto rican art in the studio and organzing traveling shows across the tri state area.
Artists, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and poets who were affiliated to Taller Boricua as frequent vistors/supporters include: Pedro Pietri, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Dylica Pagan, Carlos Ortiz, Joe Falcon, Miriam Matinez, Nestor Otero, Manuel Neco Otero; Tony Rivera, Miguel Algarin, Americo Casiano, Tato Laviera, Jose Morales, Jacqueline Biaggi, Brenda Alejandro, Lillian Jimenez, .Geno Rodriguez, Bimbo Rivas, Geno Rodriguez.
Taller Boricua joins The Puerto Rican Education and Action Media Council (PREAMC) .
The Puerto Rican Education and Media Action Council was formed in 1972 to protest negative depictions of Puerto Ricans in the media and advocate for increased employment of Puerto Ricans in the broadcast industry . The incident that provoked the creation of the group was WNET”S decision to pull funding from Realidades, a piolet program on Puerto Rican/Latino culture developed by filmmaker Jose Garcia. Leading figures the PREAMC included Dycia Pagan, Humberto Cintron, Esperanza Martell, members of El Comite and Jose Garcia.
TB artists Marcos Dimas, Jorge Soto, Maximo Colon and Martin Tito Perez participate in the PREAMC take over of Public Television station, WNET 13, during a fundraising drive.
Outcomes of demostrations: Subsequent negotiations with WNET TV result in the reinstatement of Realidades, a weekly program on latino culture hosted and by the show’s exective producer, Humberto Cintron. Realidades televised documentaries, short films and performances created by Puerto Rican/Latinos. WNET also began training minorities in the WNET Film and Television School. Marcos Dimas received training at the WNET Film and Television School and became a independent producer for Realidades.
Manuel Neco Otero opens Taller Loiza, printmaking studio dedicated to producing books and posters on Puerto Rican history for use in public school system. Members of Taller Loiza Adrian Garcia, Sammy, Tanco, and Victor “Vitin” Linares.
Geno Rodriguez photographs Taller Boricua as part of a documentary project on Puerto Rican artists in New York.
December 14, 1972
Taller Boricua paintings are displayed on WNET program Realidades
Metropolitan Museum of Art begins tours in spanish
September 4, 1972 United Graffiti Artists exhibit at City College
Hugo Martinez ,a sociology major at City College, took notice of the legitimate artistic potential of subway graffiti and curated an exhibition at City College. Martinez was instrumental in organizing top subway artists from around the city to form the group United Graffiti Artists (UGA ) UGA was comprised of such as PHASE 2, MICO, COCO 144, PISTOL, FLINT 707, BAMA, SNAKE, and STICH .
A 1973 article in New York magazine by Richard Goldstein entitled “The Graffiti Hit Parade” was also early public recognition of the artistic potential of subway artists. Although NYC graffiti artists came from a cross-section of ethnic, racial and class backgrounds, the public perception of graffiti art in the 1970s and early 80s was that it was the product of Back and Puerto Rican vandals.
The Migration Division of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico New York establishes the Galeria Oller-Campeche. Salon Oller Campeche was located at 322 W. 45th Street, in the Migration Divsiion’s offices.
Archival Records of the The Migration Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico demonstrate that the office had been organizing small exhibitions of Puerto Rican art its offices and other spaces in New York from the mid-50s onward. The exhibition, however, were on an ad hoc basis. The creation of the Salon Oller-Campeche, created a dedicated space in their offices to promote Puerto Rican, mostly from the island. By the mid-1970s the office began collaborating with emerging artists and arts organizations in New York such as Taller Boricua, EL Museo del Barrio, and En Foco.
Group Exhibitions @ 1256 2nd Ave
Jan 5 Group Show
Feb 1 Group Show
Mar 10 Cesar Murillo
Apr 14 Jorge Soto
May 1 Group Show
June 1 Group Show
Jul 14 Juan Maldonando
Oct 13 Inaugural Group Show
Oct 21 Group visit from Federation of Addiction (C.O.N. E.S.)
Oct 21 Group visit from Queens College Puerto Rican Studies
Dec 22 Ada Soto (Jorge Soto’s wife
Nov Taller begins giving art classes to community
Mar 19 Our Lady of Angels Church, Manhattan
Apr 1-7 Action for Progress, Inc., Manhattan
Apr 15-16 State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY
Apr 19 Casa Betances, Manhattan
Apr 24-29 Barnard College, Manhattan poster exhibition
Apr 24-29 University of Connecticut, Bridgeport, CT
May 14-20 Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, MA
June 4 East 110th Street/5th Avenue, corner, Manhattan
June 24 Fordham University, The Bronx
July 2 Harlem Festival, Manhattan
July 17 El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan
August 3 CCNY Puerto Rican Studies Department
August 20 Puerto Rican Folklore Festival, Central Park, Manhattan
Sep 10 Puerto Rican Community, Inc., Stamford, CT
Sep 12 Williamsburg Puerto Rican League, Brooklyn
Sep 17 Congreso del Pueblo, Manhattan
Sep 20 El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan
Sep 22 Queens Collage, CUNY, Queens
Sep 23 Plaza Borinquen, The Bronx
Sep 29 J.H.S. 71, Manhattan
Nov 12 Puerto Rican Community in Williamsberg So. 3 and Hews
NOV 13-15 Lehman College
NOV 14 PS 29, 94TH ST
NOV 15 PS 298 Brooklyn
Nov 16 PS 102, 113th St and @nd Ave
Nov 17 NYC Communinty College, Puerto Rican Studies Dep
Dec 13 CCNY PUerto Rican Studies DepartmentS
Dec 13 Jorge Soto speaks on WNYC about Puerto Rican approach to Culture
Dec 20 Hunter College
Sept 18 Semana de Lares for Casa Betance
Sept 29 Frente Unido de Presos Politicos fundraiser)
Oct 19 Realidades Poster (Rafael Colon Mores and Jorge Soto)
Oct 20 Manhattan Community College
Oct 23 PIP Poster (Rafel Colon Morales)
Oct. 28 Leaflet for Taller Galleria Boricua (Linares)
Oct 30 Pancho Cruz Defense Committee
Dec. 11 Casa Puerto Rico