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  • ICAA Record ID
    842653
    TITLE
    The Puerto Rican equation: art as plebiscite for survival, struggle and sovereignty / Juan Sánchez
    IN
    Puerto Rican Equation: Puerto Rican Artists Ponder 100 Years Since the 1898 Invasion. -- New York: Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1998
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 3 - 6 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Sánchez, Juan. “The Puerto Rican Equation: Art as Plebiscite for Survival, Struggle and Sovereignty.” In Puerto Rican Equation: Puerto Rican Artists Ponder 100 Years Since the 1898 Invasion, 3–6. Exh. cat., New York: Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1998.
Synopsis

In this essay, Nuyorican artist Juan Sánchez explains that The Puerto Rican Equation commemorates the centennial of the United States invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898. Sánchez writes that the work of the artists in the exhibition demonstrates that the United States “collided” with Puerto Rican language and culture, but did not eradicate its most valuable cultural traits. Puerto Ricans have blended varied aspects of North American culture and have developed a hybridized and transnational identity.

Annotations

The Puerto Rican Equation (1998) was intended to provoke questions about the effects of United States colonialism on Puerto Rico, and encourage dialogue. To that end, Sánchez invited a broad spectrum of artists in Puerto Rico, New York, Chicago, Albany, and New Jersey to participate in the exhibition and discussion forums. The artists who participated in the exhibition were: José R. Alicea, José Luis Cortés, Elizam Escobar, Anaida Hernández, Luis de Jesús, Lillian Mulero, Martín García Rivera, Gloria Rodríguez, Pepón Osorio, Rafael Rivera Rosa, Melquiades Rosario Sastre, and Bibiana Suárez. 

Juan Sánchez (b. 1954) is a painter, printmaker and professor of fine arts at Hunter College (New York City). In his youth, Sánchez was an artist and activist during the emergence of the Puerto Rican empowerment movement in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Sánchez’s art work and curatorial projects address sociopolitical issues, such as Puerto Rican independence, freedom for political prisoners, and neocolonialism in the Americas. The catalogue and exhibition, The Puerto Rican Equation, was part of an effort by artists in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines to respond critically to the Centennial of the Spanish-American War of 1898.

 

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