1972

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.

1972: Highlights

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marcos dimas at WNET Protest

August 7, 1972   TB   featured in New York Magazine’s examination of  Latin/Puerto Rican Impact on New York Style : “The Big Mango Issue

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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.

Fall  1972

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

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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.

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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

Aug 5              Group Show

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Jorge Soto, 1972Exhibitionss at 1538 Madison Ave 

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

Traveling exhibitions/lectures  

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

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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

Poster Commissions:

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

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