Puerto Rican Art Exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT

Obra de Wichie Torres

Organized by independent curator Ben Ortiz, this exhibition uses contemporary Puerto Rican artwork, Santos figures, Taíno artifacts, historical postcards and videos of the island during and after Hurricane Maria, to explore sense of place, culture and the human experience of natural disasters. Among the artists presented are Nayda A. Cuevas, Rafael Ferrer, Wichie Torres, Connecticut's Imna Arroyo and Waterbury’s own Ernesto Lopez.

Approximately 200 picture postcards showing colorful images of Puerto Rico from 1890-1940 will be on view in the Monteiro Family Community Gallery, all from the collection of Cheshire resident, collector José Luis Rodriguez.

Image credit: Norberto Cedeño (Toa Alta, PR, 1894-1984), The all powerful hand of Christ, c.1960, Unpainted carved wood, The Benjamin Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia Jr. Collection.

The exhibition FRAGILE HANDLE WITH CARE: Welcome Puerto Ricans to Our Commumity in opens on Sunday, May 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m. It will be on view May 6, 2018 until June 17, 2018. For more information about or view all programs and events: https://www.mattmuseum.org/fragil-maneje-con-cuidado-programas-y-eventos/