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This document is a proposal for The Puerto Rican Equation, an exhibition to commemorate the 1898 invasion of Puerto Rico by the United States, and which would feature Puerto Rican artists who were born and lived in either Puerto Rico or the United States, as well as Puerto Rican artists who visited the United States for extended periods. For the show, the organizers propose to solicit new works from the participating artists that focus on the social and political issues regarding the Puerto Rican experience. These artists invited to exhibit would represent all ages, career stages, and backgrounds, and would create various works responding to the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. This document, in turn, includes a set of eighteen questions, which the organizers would pose to participating artists. The artists’ responses would be edited and published in the exhibition catalog in the format of a roundtable discussion.


This document outlines preparations for the exhibition The Puerto Rican Equation, organized by the Puerto Rican artist Juan Sánchez and mounted in 1998 at the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College in New York City. Marking the occasion of the 1898 invasion of Puerto Rico by the United States, the exhibition considered the state of Puerto Ricans on and off the island with a strong focus on their interactions with the United States. It featured New York-based artists Papo Colo and Pepón Osorio, as well as the Chicago-based Bibiana Suarez. 

Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Courtesy of the personal archives of Juan Sánchez, Brooklyn, NY