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The journalist Darío Carlo writes that Julio Rosado del Valle and Carlos Raquel Rivera?two of the ten Puerto Rican artists who went to see the 1957 exhibition of Puerto Rican art at the Riverside Museum in New York?saw the exhibition as a success. Carlo also reports that several of the works at the exhibition were sold. The artists traveled to New York at the invitation of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña [ICP, Puerto Rican Cultural Institute], but eight of them paid their own way to stay a little longer and visit museums and art workshops in New York. Carlo explains that Netti Horsch, the director of the Riverside Museum, personally chose the oil paintings, watercolors, and prints by the twenty-five Puerto Rican artists shown at the exhibition. This article also includes two critiques: one by Henry Raymont and one from the New York Times (NYT). Raymont mentioned that José Gómez Sicre (director of visual arts at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC) wanted the exhibition of Puerto Rican art to be installed at the Pan American Union gallery after the show in New York. The NYT article discussed the development of the visual arts on the Island acknowledging the support for the fine arts received from the Luis Muñoz Marín administration, as demonstrated by the exhibition in New York.


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: “En Museo de Riverside, inauguran exposición de pintores de la Isla” [Riverside Museum Opens Exhibition of Painters from the Island], doc. No. 854518; “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.

Flavia Marichal Lugo
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico