The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture opens its first exhibition of the year 2015 with Homecoming “That’s Puerto Rican”

By Bianca Ortiz Declet, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

January 30, 2015 – March 27, 2015

Last Friday, January 30th, 2015, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture opened the second edition of Homecoming, which was titled Homecoming “That’s Puerto Rican”. This edition featured a rich variety of local Puerto Rican artists with an aesthetic in which notions of cultural preservation takes precedence. The curatorial discourse divided the artwork in four different themes to categorize this collection: Landscapes & portraits, Across the Street, Legends and folklore and Bread and Memory. This exhibition features the work of Janice Aponte, Miguel Arroyo, Elias Carmona, Noelia Cruz, Lizette Cruz, Benjamin Mercado, Evette Morales, Leo Negrón, Moses Pérez, Patricia Pérez, Francisco Rosado and Martin Soto. This is a very heartwarming exhibit with special attentions in traditional aspects of the Puerto Rican culture.

The first edition of Homecoming, which took place in September 2014 during the museum’s grand opening, showed a group of Puerto Rican artists that posses a more individualistic character in matters of their creative language in the “intellectual urge to create original work that mirrors a shared history and the idiosyncrasies of producing art in a transnational context.” In this first edition, we had the pleasure of exhibiting these internationally known artists: Bibiana Suárez, Candida Alvarez, Edra Soto, José Lerma, Josue Pellot and Nora Maité Nieves.

Homecoming is a one-year round exhibition project presented in the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture with the purpose of featuring Puerto Rican artists in Chicago and showing the diversity portrayed through our arts and culture.