¡Impresionante!

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On view: September 17 - October 23, 2004
Curated by: Deborah Cullen and Harper Montgomery

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By 1970, artists in San Juan could study printmaking at the University of Puerto Rico, the School of Visual Arts of Puerto Rico, or numerous artist-run studios, such as Antonio Martorell’s Taller Alacrán. After many Puerto Rican families immigrated to New York City in the 1950s, New York institutions.

The historical precedents for the works in this exhibition include the powerful, populist printmaking of the 1950s, and the political, experimental graphics scene that emerged in New York and San Juan during the 1960s and 1970s. By the time the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture organized its biennial showcasing graphics from Latin America and the Caribbean in San Juan in 1970, printmaking had already enjoyed two decades of widespread popular and official support in Puerto Rico, and was likewise enjoying increased visibility across Latin America and the United States