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  • ICAA Record ID
    799138
    AUTHOR
    Ruiz, Miguel Angel
    TITLE
    Towards aesthetics in the Americas / Miguelangel Ruiz
    IN
    Remerica! Amerika: 1492-1992. --  New York, NY: Hunter College of the City, University of New York, 1992.
    DESCRIPTION
    [10] - [12] p. : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ruiz, Miguel Angel. “Towards aAsthetics in the Americas.” In Remerica! Amerika: 1492-1992. Exh. cat., New York, NY: Hunter College of the City, University of New York, 1992.
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Synopsis

In this essay, artist Miguelangel Ruiz, born in Puerto Rico and based in New York City, maintains that the politicization of identity in the United States has burdened artists of non-European descent by pigeonholing them into categories that undermine the multiplicity of cultures that define the American experience. He writes that the 1992 exhibition, Remerica! Amerika, was designed to give artists a venue to express their convictions about the relationship between art, politics, and selfhood. Ruiz briefly discusses works by Papo Colo (Puerto Rico), Willlie Birch (United States), Esperanza Cortes (Colombia), and Catalina Parra (Chile).

Annotations

The catalogue and exhibition, Remerica! Amerika, was part of a national effort by artists in the United States and Puerto Rico to respond critically to the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Remerica! Amerika, held from September 8 to October 30, 1992, was curated by the artist/activist Juan Sanchez, painter, printmaker, and professor of fine arts at Hunter College, New York, NY. At the time of the exhibition and publication of its catalog, Miguelangel Ruiz was an MFA student at Hunter College.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez.
Credit
Courtesy of Juan Sánchez, Guariken, Inc., Brooklyn, NY