NuYorican Art Takes The Spotlight at Centro

Two new exhibits at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies in New York City.

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By: Madonna Hernández

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Friday, September 20, 2013 saw the opening of two new exhibits in Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work as part of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies’ (Centro) 40th anniversary celebration. Centro is a research institute that is a part of the college, devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. One exhibit, entitled nu-YO-Rican, located in the East Harlem Art Gallery, was created with the works of five accomplished New York-based Puerto Rican artists. Their original art celebrates the endurance of the Boricua identity. A second exhibition, entitled Posters on the Wall: Our Nuyorican Story, located in the lobby adjacent to the gallery, is built from the Centro Archives’ extensive image collection. It highlights the cultural pride and resolve of people fighting to make a difference in their communities. The posters, varied in their styles and subject matters, represent Puerto Rican social, political and cultural interests from the tumultuous 1960s through the 1990s. Both exhibits illustrate the rich and diverse work of Puerto Ricans in the arts and beyond.

The posters exhibit is open to the public during Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work normal working hours (8am-10pm, Mon.-Thur.; 8am-6pm, Fri.; 11am-6pm, Sat.; 12-6p, Sun.). The art exhibit can be viewed from 1pm-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Both are located at 2180 Third Avenue in the El Barrio community of New York City and will be available for viewing until October 31.


Madonna Hernández is a writer from Brooklyn, New York.

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