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  • ICAA Record ID
    796715
    TITLE
    Introduction / Petra Barreras del Rio
    IN
    Taller Alma Boricua: Reflecting on Twenty Years of the Puerto Rican Workshop, 1969-1989. -- New York, New York : El Museo del Barrio, 1990
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7-[8]
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Barreras del Rio, Petra. "Introduction." In Taller Alma Boricua: Reflecting on Twenty Years of the Puerto Rican Workshop, 1969-1989, 7-8. New York : El Museo del Barrio, 1990
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Synopsis

In this introduction to the exhibition catalog Taller Alma Boricua: Reflecting on Twenty Years of the Puerto Rican Workshop, 1969–1989, Petra Barreras del Rio, former director of El Museo del Barrio, describes Taller Boricua [Puerto Rican Workshop] as a collective of Puerto Rican artists-activists who created the first artist-run interdisciplinary gallery in East Harlem. She notes that Taller Boricua artists were active nationalists in struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico and took part in protests of police brutality, ethnic discrimination, and housing policies in New York City. Barreras credits Taller Boricua artists for serving as full-fledged educators in East Harlem in close collaboration with El Museo del Barrio.

Annotations

Petra Barreras del Rio (b. 1952) was director of El Museo del Barrio from 1986 to 1993. This essay was written to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Taller Boricua, originally named Taller Alma Boricua (Puerto Rican Soul Workshop). The exhibition, Taller Alma Boricua: Reflecting on Twenty Years of the Puerto Rican Workshop, 1969–1989, was organized at El Museo del Barrio, from September 15 to April 15, 1990.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Petra Barreras del Río, Morovis, Puerto Rico.
Courtesy of El Musseo del Barrio ["Introduction", Petra E. Barreras del Río by "El Museo del Barrio"], 1990, New York, NY