– Memoria (Memory)
• Saturday, February 18, 10:30 am.
An education workshop with Puerto Rican Artist Bibiana Suarez with a game feature from her exhibit Memoria (Memory) now at the Hyde Park Art Center. Bibiana Suarez will lead the group in a convivial conversation to explain key points of her recent installation at the Hyde Park Art Center, ranging from the history of US immigration policies with Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico, to the marketing of exoticism of Latinos in US popular culture. By the end of the event, participants will have an in-depth understanding of topics like Latinidad, the Bracero Program, and Frito Bandito, and be able to recognize their importance in the shaping of contemporary American identity.
-Exploring Place Attachment, Sociopolitical Development and Community Action Among Latino Youth
• Friday, February 24, 6:00pm.
A photo essay exhibition utilizing the “PhotoVoice” methodology of 12 Puerto Rican/Latino youth from Humboldt Park who participated as co-researchers in an educational project which explores the interplay of the meaning of place in identity formation and public wellness. This project was part of a doctoral dissertation of the lead researcher, Mayra Estrella, and executed by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in partnership with the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Institute of Policy and Civic Engagement and the School of Public Health.
– Galactic Visions
• Thursday, March 8, 6:00pm
Presenting the recent work of Puerto Rican Artist, Catherine Matos Olivo. Galactic Visions is an extraordinary example and portrayal of personal strength and resilience based on a series of illustrations that recover Catherine’s journey with breast cancer for a period of one year. Catherine Matos Olivo is professor of art at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This exhibit is a collaborative effort with the Mount Saiani UrbanHealth Institute.
– Community Conversation Luncheon with Dr. Ramanathan Raju, CEO, Cook County Health and Hospital System and Special Guests
• Friday, March 9, 12:30pm.
IPRAC will host a community conversation and dialogue with Dr. Ramanathan Raju, CEO of Cook County Health and Hospital System. The event will provide attendees the opportunity to have a productive exchange on pressing health needs in the Humboldt Park community. This event is by invitation only.
• Friday, April 6, 6:00pm
Works by 35 Puerto Rican contemporary artists exploring “portability” through performance, painting, sculpture, photography, mix-media, sound video and more! CARRY-ON: Puerto Rico captures the unique style of each individual artists in the haunting allure the exhibit as a whole embodies, work that is both contemporary and volatile. CARRY-ON: Puerto Rico Inspected explores various ideas within the insular background of the artists. Ideas such as the portability of the physical artwork, its journey here and its self reflections exploring the complex layers of social, political, and economic realities.
– Book Presentation of “Tras El Lente” with Antonio Martorell
• Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm
A collectors Item (only 1,000 copies) with select photographs and essays of 50 years of Claridad, the oldest newspaper in Puerto Rico (Bilingual Edition).
– Closing of Un Año de Martorell Exhibit
• Friday, June 8, 6:00pm.
The year long jornada (journey), entitled “Un Año de Martorell en Chicago,” which began in April 2011 to honor and commemorate the life, art and legacy of the storied Puerto Rican Artist, Antonio Martorell. This exhibit comes to an exciting culmination with an event lead by the Master Puerto Rican artist himself.
– Insilio & Neo-Rican Identity
• Friday, June 15, 6:00pm.
Painter, draftsman, novelist, playwright, and poet. Jaime Carrero is the epitome of a ubiquitous, multi-talented renaissance artist. In 1949 he studied at the Art Institute Center in New York. In 1956 he earned his Bachelor of Arts at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and in 1957 he completed his Master of Arts at the Pratt Institute in New York. He studied advanced painting courses in Florence in 1961, and the following year he took Art History courses at Columbia University in New York. He has been a professor at the Art Department of Inter American University of Puerto Rico in San German, and was its director from 1979 to 1995.
In addition to his wide recognition as a painter, he has received awards for his literary work in novels, short stories, plays, poetry and art criticism. In 1966 and 1967, he received awards from the Ateneo Puertorriqueño for drama, novel, and short story. His works have appeared in over forty collective exhibitions in Puerto Rico and abroad. His paintings and writings express social and political themes in a sarcastic manner and also explore complex themes related to Puerto Rican political and cultural identity, issues that affect the more than 4 million Puerto Ricans living on the island. In doing so, he was the first to identify and coin the term “Neo-Rican” in the early 1960’s as an expression of a new individual identity common to a migrating people that move fluidly between two cultures and struggle to fit into conventional molds of mono-culturalism.