1971 TB relocates to 2156 2nd Avenue, artist develop Afro-Taino aesthetic to portray Puerto Rican Heritage; TB poster is featured in YLO Palante Newspaper; TB Artists join staff of El Museo del Barrio.
January 7, 1971 inaugural group show at new space on 2156 Second Avenue
Taller Boricua relocates to storefront on 2156 Second Avenue, after the city targets the RGS building for demolition. Artists concentrate on developing a visual language based on AFrican and Taino art to highlight the “root cultures” of Puerto Rican Heritage. The 2nd Avenue space contained printmaking facilities in the front and backyard sculpture garden.
Artists who shared studios on 2nd Ave included: Marcos Dimas, Manuel Neco Otero, Adrian Garcia, Nitza Tufino, Vitin Linares , Jorge Soto, Martin Tito Perez and musician Sammy Tanco, Dyclia Pagan, Hiram Maristiny, David Cottes, Pedro Pietri and Papoleto Melendez.
Rafael Tufino returns to Puerto Rico; Armando Soto and Martin Rubio move to Lower East Side.
February 1, 1971 –
Marta Moreno Vega assumes directorship of El Museo del Barrio.
Manuel Neco Otero, Nitza Tufino, Adrian Garcia and Sammy Tanco collaborate with Marta Moreno Vega to establish El Museo del Barrio in a brownstone gallery on 116th Street. Otero and Tanco help rennovate the brownstone; Tufino and Garcia, develop arts education workshops on Puerto Rican history and culture.
July 9, 1971
TB participates in El Museo Del Barrio’s Inaugural Exhibition “Homage to our Painters” at brownstone gallery on 206 116th St.
Marcos Dimas portrait of Betances is reproduced on the cover of the Young Lords Newspaper, Palante. Vol 3, no. 15,
MARCH 2—MAY 31, 1971 Rafael M Ortiz curates Boricua Aqui y Alla at the Museum of Natural History
Boricua—Aquí y Allá (Puerto Ricans— Here and There), curated by Rafael Montañez Ortiz, is presented in The Corner Gallery of the American Museum of Natural History. The 20-minute audio-visual program is comprised of 486 color slides depicting Puerto Rican life in the United States and on the Island. The images, taken by Felipe Dante, Richard Globus, and Rafael Montañez Ortiz, among others, were presented through six, computer-linked projectors in a 20 x 30 foot oval room, lined with five 10 x 6 foot mirrors and three 9 x 6 foot screens, accompanied by a soundtrack. The presentation was designed and installed in collaboration with a photodigital non-profit organization, The Museum of The Media (New York Post, February 24, 1971; Ernesto Leogrande, Daily News, March 19, 1971). Ironically, this exhibition generates some of the same criticism that Bruce Davidson’s project did: some claimed its depictions were too negative, while others celebrated the first depiction of Puerto Ricans, by Puerto Ricans, inside a major New York cultural institution.
Montañez Ortiz publishes a version of his presentation in Art in America (see citation above)
Photographer Geno Rodriguez and TV Pesonality Marife Hernandez co-found Institute of Contemporary Hispanic Art . The ICHA presented a number of important exhibitions of Puerto Rican and Latin American art in t he early 1970s such as Dos Mundos and Iman New York. Under Geno Rodriguez’s directorship, the ICHA advocated for greater public funding for the arts. ICHA writes letter to Governor Rockefeller informing him that only 2% o0f NYSCA’s budget went to Puerto Rican arts group which is the largest Hispanic group in the city. They request a meeting with Rockefeller to discuss appointing a Puerto Rican representative on NYSCA’s board.
Exhibitions at 1256 2nd Ave
January 7 – Inaugural show
February 27 Group show
April 23 Group Show
July 24 Carlos Osorio
August 5 Marcos Dimas
October 1 Group Show
December 17 Ramon Gonzalez
In addition to using the storefront as a studio/exhibition space, TB artists organize exhibitions in at libraries, schools, colleges, and parks throughout the city and tri-state area. Marcos Dimas and Hector Nieves create “Art to the People” a documentary film about TB traveling exhibitions that was broadcast on PBS. TB artists also hold art classes and printmaking workshops at Park East High School.
Traveling & Outdoor Exhibions
April 1-7—Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, MA
August 14—West 110th Street/5th Avenue, corner, Manhattan
August 20—Community Services Association, Manhattan
August 29—Puerto Rican Folklore Festival, Central Park
Sept 12—East 106th Street/Lexington Avenue, corner, Manhattan
October 9—East 174th Street/Southern Boulevard, corner, The Bronx
October 16—Plaza Borinquen, The Bronx
October 23—East 115th Street/Lexington Avenue, corner, Manhattan
November 6—East 110th Street/Lexington Avenue, corner, Manhattan
November 13—Plaza Borinquen, The Bronx
November 15-19—John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Manhattan
November 15-21—St. John Secret Divine Church, Manhattan
November 15-18—Brooklyn College, Brooklyn
November 18—Fordham University, The Bronx
November 19—Livingston College, Livingston, NJ
December 2-4—College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
December 9-10—Automation House, Manhattan