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In this essay, Benjamin Arnaldo Meyners, who was Puerto Rican but lived in New York, explained that the president of the Riverside Museum in New York, Netti Horsch, and the director of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP) [Puerto Rican Cultural Institute], Ricardo Alegría, organized an exhibition in 1957 to promote Puerto Rican art in the United States. The ten artists who went to New York at the invitation of the ICP had a wonderful cultural experience, visiting museums and important art centers. According to Meyners, a warm welcome was extended to the Puerto Rican delegation, which included: Julio Rosado del Valle, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Lorenzo Homar, Rafael Tufiño, Epifanio Irizarry, Eduardo Vera, Luis Cajigas, Félix Bonilla, Samuel Sánchez, and Manuel Hernández. The exhibition included over a hundred paintings.
This exhibition was reviewed by the following members of the New York press: Dore Ashton, New York Times; Emily Genauer, New York Tribune; Charles Warner, New York Sunday News; and Robert M. Coates, The New Yorker magazine. Considerable controversy and bad feelings were stirred up among the artists by the specific comments of one of the above mentioned critics.
For more information see: “Pinturas Boricuas NY. Artistas comentan éxito exposición” [Boricua Paintings in New York: Artists Discuss the Success of the Exhibition], doc. No. 854572; “Para gloria de Puerto Rico, la exposición en Riverside” [For the Glory of Puerto Rico: The Exhibition at Riverside], doc. No. 854539); “Ricardo E. Alegría comenta éxito exposición de artistas boricuas N.Y.” [Ricardo E. Alegría Discusses the Success of the Exhibition of Boricua Artists in NY], doc. No. 854591), among others.