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This anonymous article, published in Semana [Week] magazine, reports on the positive critical response to the 1957 exhibition of Puerto Rican art presented at the Riverside Museum in New York. The article also mentions several details about the event: there were 120 works by twenty-five Puerto Rican artists, including oil paintings watercolor, prints, and silkscreens . Many of the works shown at the exhibition were sold, and the Organization of American States expressed an interest in showing the works, and two films produced by the Puerto Rican Department of Public Education, in Washington DC. The article includes a reproduction of the review published in the New York Times on January 10, 1957, that stirred up a great deal of criticism.  


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; “Pinturas Boricuas NY. Artistas comentan éxito exposición” [Boricua Paintings in NY. Artists Discuss Success of Exhibition] (doc. No. 854572); “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