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  • ICAA Record ID
    853878
    TITLE
    Introduction / Petra Barreras del Rio
    IN
    Rafael Montañez Ortiz: Years fo the Warrior, Years of the Psyche 1960 - 1988. -- New York: El Museo del Barrio, 1988
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Barreras del Río, Petra. “Introduction.” In Rafael Montañez Ortiz: Years of the Warrior, Years of the Psyche, 1960 – 1988. New York: Museo El Barrio, 1988.
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Synopsis

Puerto Rican art historian and curator Petra Barreras describes Rafael Montañez Ortiz’s work as startling and demanding of responses from viewers. She calls Ortiz “a shaman” who has continually looked for ways to heal society through art. Barreras reminds readers that Ortiz’s work went beyond the creation of objects; as founder of El Museo del Barrio he created a new type of museum that he hoped would validate his ethnic heritage. Accordingly, Barreras writes that it is especially meaningful that El Museo del Barrio organized the first major retrospective of the work of Rafael Montañez Ortiz. She credits several artists in New York City with helping to organize the event, including Papo Colo and Rafael Colón Morales.

Annotations

In conjunction with participating in international avant-garde circles, Rafael Montañez Ortiz, was active in anti-war and civil rights struggles; particularly with regard to ending race, class, and gender discrimination in the New York art milieu. Faithful to his convictions, Rafael Montañez Ortiz founded El Museo del Barrio in 1969. Initially established to serve as a Puerto Rican museum in New York City, El Museo del Barrio’s mission was revised in the 1990s to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans within the United States.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Petra E. Barreras del Río, Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Courtesy of El Musseo del Barrio ["Introduction", Petra E. Barreras del Río by "El Museo del Barrio"], 1988, New York, NY