In celebration of the opening of Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York, El Museo presents a panel discussion exploring the role of women artists in the early years of the Taller Boricua and the Nuyorican vanguard arts movement, as well as the workshop’s legacy and influence on later generations of artists. Moderated by Yasmin Ramirez, art historian and curator, the panel will include the participation of Nitza Tufiño, artist and early member of the Taller Boricua, artist Glendalys Medina; among others.
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Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York is made possible thanks to the generous support of Tony Bechara, Encarnita Valdes Quinlan and Robert C Quinlan, the de la Cruz Martínez Family, and Richard Torres.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
About Glendalys Medina:
Glendalys Medina is a Nuyorican conceptual interdisciplinary visual artist who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx. Medina received an MFA from Hunter College and has presented artwork at such notable venues as PAMM, Participant Inc., Performa 19, Artists Space, The Bronx Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Vigo, Spain, and The Studio Museum in Harlem among others. Medina was a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2020), a Jerome Hill Foundation Fellowship (2019), an Ace Hotel New York City Artist Residency (2017), a SIP fellowship at EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (2016), a BACK IN FIVE MINUTES artist residency at El Museo Del Barrio (2015), a residency at Yaddo (2014, 2018), the Rome Prize in Visual Arts (2013), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art (2012), and the Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace residency (2010). Medina is currently a professor at SVA’s MFA Art Practice program and lives and works in New York.
About Nitza Tufiño:
Nitza Tufiño (1949) was born in Mexico City, the first child of late Puerto Rican artist, Rafael Tufiño and Mexican dancer and model, Luz Maria Aguirre, who was part of the “Friedos” in the late 40’s. Nitza moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico when she was one, and after her parents divorced she constantly traveled between her father’s home in San Juan and her mother’s in Manhattan. Upon receiving her BFA in 1970 she decided to settle in Manhattan, where she worked as an artist. In 1973 she created her first public mural for the façade of then community-based El Museo del Barrio, of which she is a founder as an artist-activist, which is now located on New York’s Museum Mile on 5th Avenue. She has been the recipient of many awards throughout her four decades as an artist that include: the Donald G. Sullivan Award from the Department of Urban Planning, Hunter College; the Mid-Atlantic Endowment for the Arts Regional Award, from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; the New York’s Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship; the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award in conjunction with Mayor David Dinkins of New York; New York City Council’s “Excellence in Arts” Award given by Council President, Andrew Stein and the Manhattan Borough President’s Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Award given by Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger, among others. Tufiño’s commitment to public art led her to be recognized as El Taller Boricua’s first female artist in 1970, and has been involved with El Taller since that time. Nitza is also a proud member of “El Consejo Grafico”, a national coalition of Latino printmaking workshops and individual printmakers.
About Yasmin Ramirez:
Yasmin Ramirez is an art worker, curator, and writer based in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Born in Brooklyn, Ramirez was active in the downtown art scene of the early 1980s as a club kid and art critic for the East Village Eye. Attracted to street art and hip hop, she became acquainted with emerging artists and writers, many of whom are now icons of the 1980s. Currently, an independent curator, Dr. Ramirez has collaborated on curatorial projects with The Bronx Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, The Loisaida Center, The New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Franklin Furnace, and Taller Boricua. Her critically acclaimed exhibitions and panels include: Pasado y Present: Art after the Young Lords, 1969-2019 (2019); Home, Memory, and Future (2016); Martin Wong: Human Instamatic (2015); ¡Presente!: The Young Lords in New York (2015); The Puerto Rican Art Workers and the Construction of the Nuyorican Art Movement (2014); Re-Membering Loisaida: On Archiving and the Lure of the Retro Lens (2009); “Esto A Veces Tiene Nombre”: Latin@ Art Collectives in a Post-Movement Millennium (2008); The Boricua in Basquiat (2005); Voices From Our Communities: Perspectives on a Decade of Collecting at El Museo del Barrio (2000); Pressing the Point: Parallel Expressions in the Graphic Arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements (1999).