En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74

November 12, 2021 – February 27, 2022

Curated by the Curatorial Department 

PRESS RELEASE >

El Museo del Barrio presents En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74. The exhibition centers on a single portfolio of 79 photographs by founding members of the Bronx-based collective, Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Roger Cabán, and Felipe Dante, who each focus on the themes of Education, Small Business, and Labor. The images offer a rich visual testament of New York’s Puerto Rican population, with community members photographing their own lived reality. Donated to El Museo del Barrio by En Foco in 1976, this exhibition marks the first time the portfolio is exhibited in full since 1979.

In addition to the complete selection of photographs, the show is supplemented with posters, exhibition catalogues, and other ephemera related to En Foco’s historical engagement with El Museo del Barrio.

A photo-book will be published including reproductions of all images in the portfolio, archival materials, a new scholarly essay commissioned and historical texts.

En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74 is made possible thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, and New York State Senator José M. Serrano.

WORKS ON VIEW

CHARLES BIASINY-RIVERA

Charles Biasiny-Rivera. Benjamin Franklin High School, NYC, May 1974. From the En Foco Documentation Portfolio No. 1: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974. Gelatin silver print. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Gift of En Foco, Inc.

ROGER CABAN

Roger Cabán. Bodega, East 110 Street, NYC, 1973-1974. From the En Foco Documentation Portfolio No. 1: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974. Gelatin silver print. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Gift of En Foco, Inc.

FELIPE DANTE

Felipe Dante. Migrant Farm Worker’s Hands, Stamford, NY. From the En Foco Documentation Portfolio No. 1: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974. Gelatin silver print. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Gift of En Foco, Inc.

ROGER CABAN

Roger Cabán. Vila’s Barber Shop, NYC, 1973-1974. From the En Foco Documentation Portfolio No. 1: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974. Gelatin silver print. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Gift of En Foco, Inc.

FELIPE DANTE

Felipe Dante. Migrant Farm Worker, Stamford, NY. From the En Foco Documentation Portfolio No. 1: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974. Gelatin silver print. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Gift of En Foco, Inc.

CHARLES BIASINY-RIVERA

Charles Biasiny-Rivera. Benjamin Franklin High School, NYC, May 1974. From the En Foco Documentation Portfolio No. 1: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973-1974. Gelatin silver print. Collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York. Gift of En Foco, Inc.