Curated by Alejandro Anreus, WP professor of art history and Latin American/Latinx Studies, this exhibition showcases printed posters created by leading Puerto Rican and Nuyorican printmakers at the Taller de Artes Graficas of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan under the leadership of master printer Lorenzo Homar, and at the Taller Boricua in New York City, between 1960 and 2013. Drawn from an impressive print collection formed and recently donated to the William Paterson University Galleries by artist Gloria Rodriguez Calero in memory of her late husband Angelo Antolino and in honor of Alejandro Anreus, these works capture the issues and reflect the conscience of Puerto Ricans living on the island and in the diaspora over a half century when graphic design became entwined with the movement for independence. Central to this focus on printmaking was the development of one of the most sophisticated and effective uses of the silkscreen (serigraphy) technique. Printmakers represented in the exhibition include José Alicea, López Alomar, Luis Alonso, Isabel Bernal, Gloria Rodriguez Calero, Jose Rosa Castellanos, Fran Cervoni, Wilfredo Chiesa, Gilberto Hernandez, Lorenzo Homar, Carlos Irizarry, Antonio Martorell, Rafael Rivera Rosa, Fernando Salicrup, Carmelo Sobrino, Jorge Soto, Rafael Tufiño, and Manuel Vega.
This exhibition features new prints, assemblages, installations, and an artist’s book by Myles Dunigan, the Grand Prize recipient of the 2020 Ink, Press, Repeat exhibition. Inspired by the provisional nature of scientific notation and doomsday preppers, Dunigan crafts ephemeral objects culled from a personal archive of slides, models, and field notes that act as beautiful warnings in a precarious era marked with pandemics and ecological anxieties.
Here/Now, an annual exhibition featuring William Paterson University student artwork, will be on view at the William Paterson University Galleries from April 10 through May 5, 2023. An award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 18 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., in the Court Gallery, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On view in the Court Gallery, this exhibition showcases a variety of media including drawing, illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, animation, and graphic design. William Paterson University Department of Art faculty members James Blasi, Julie Nagle, Steve Rittler, and Robin Schwartz juried the exhibition.
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