MELISSA CALDERÓN | MIGUEL LUCIANO | ANTONIO MARTORELL | JUAN SÁNCHEZ | NITZA TUFIÑO
Dates: September 27, 2011–March 24, 2012
Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery is pleased to present Labor, curated by Antonio Martorell and Susana Torruella Leval. This exhibition features 29 works from five Puerto Rican artists that have used the archives at Hunter College's Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) to create a range of media from the ancient to the contemporary, incorporating woodcuts, painting, drawing, video, sculpture and installation. The intricate and elaborate works on view conjure a labor of love—love of family, of cultural roots, of justice, and love of the labor of making art through traditional and contemporary means.
Labor pays tribute to the nearly 600,000 workers who migrated from Puerto Rico to the United States during the 1940s and ’50s in search of work and a better life. It also celebrates the move of Centro to a new home in El Barrio, portal of the Puerto Rican migration, which gave Centro its founding purpose. Centro’s symbolic homecoming aligns with the artists’ Labor of cultural recovery.
A catalogue with statements by the artists and essays by Juan Flores, Pedro Juan Hernández, Edwin Meléndez, and Susana Torruella Leval accompanies the exhibition.
Major funding for this exhibition and publication was provided by: Greater New York Hospital Association and GNYHA Ventures, Inc., SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 32BJ, and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Additional support was provided by: Con Edison, Leo Hindery, Hr., Pfizer Inc., Delia Garced and Luis Ramírez, and UAW Region 9A. With Special thanks to: Dennis Rivera.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of community education programs was organized by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. More information.
LABOR logo designed by Rafael Weil