The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
Bridge Between Islands was cosponsored by El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum, and Henry Street Settlement. The exhibition focus was on six mid-career Puerto Rican painters based in New York City, and attempted to establish Marcos Dimas, Olga Albizu, Tony Bechara, Eloy Blanco, Jorge Soto, and Evelyn Lopez de Guzman as linchpins between academically trained artists who lived in Puerto Rico, and mainstream artists’ circles in New York. The exhibition drew favorable attention in New York, particularly for abstractionists Bechara, Blanco, Albizu, and Lopez de Guzman.
Petra Barreras, the art historian who wrote most of the catalogue entries for Bridge Between Islands, later assumed the directorship of El Museo del Barrio in the mid-1980s.