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  • ICAA Record ID
    797329
    TITLE
    Aesthetic development of Puerto Rican visual arts in New York as part of the Diaspora : the epitaph of the Barrio / Diogenes Ballester
    IN
    Homenaje Taller Alma Boricua, XXX aniversario : presentación portafolio comemorativo Taller Alma Boricua. --[San Juan, Puerto Rico] : Galerías Prinaldi, [2001].
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 28-29
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ballester, Diogenes. Aesthetic development of Puerto Rican visual arts in New York as part of the Diaspora : the epitaph of the Barrio In  Homenaje Taller Alma Boricua, XXX aniversario : presentación portafolio comemorativo Taller Alma Boricua, 28-29. [San Juan, Puerto Rico]: Galerías Prinaldi, [2001].
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this essay, Puerto Rican-born artist, Diogenes Ballester, gives a brief overview of Puerto Rican art and artists working in El Barrio (East Harlem, New York City) from the 1940s to 2000 and categorizes the art produced into three themes: 1) sociopolitical; 2) cultural reclamation; and 3) search for identity. Maintaining that artists have been vital to the development of East Harlem, Ballester observes that artists are struggling alongside the Puerto Rican working class against gentrification in their neighborhood.

Annotations

Diogenes Ballester (b. 1956), an artist and scholar, has written several essays on the history of Puerto Rican artists in New York. This essay appeared in Homenaje Alma Boricua XXX Aniversario (Boricua Soul Tribute 30th Anniversary), an exhibition catalog commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Taller Boricua [Puerto Rican Workshop, initially called Taller Alma Boricua], the oldest extant Puerto Rican artist collective in New York City. Ballester also published an annotated chronology of the Taller in 1990 (see Taller Alma Boricua, New York: El Museo del Barrio, 1990). Additional topics about which Ballester has written include printmaking and digital art. This excerpted essay was originally presented s a paper at The Conference of International Art Critics Association, Southern Caribbean Symposium, 2001. For a full version, of this document please see http://prdream.com/galeria/index.html.  

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Puerto Rico and the American Dream
Courtesy of El Museo del Barrio (From Diógenes Ballester, "Annotated Chronology: Introduction" by El Museo del Barrio), 2001, New York, NY