ChicagoRICAN

Jorge Felix

ChicagoRICAN is a curatorial investigation that will result in the design of an exhibit about the arts production of Puerto Rican artists in Chicago.  The exhibit will show a chronological recount of the artistic production of the first Puerto Rican artists who migrated to Chicago in the 1950s, artists born and raised in Chicago, and other Puerto Rican artists who migrated at later times establishing studio spaces in Chicago and impacting the local arts community.  The exhibit will reflect the history of the Puerto Rican migrant community as well as the issues faced in the process of building and claiming place in Chicago.  The artwork will reflect personal and collective social issues depicted in a variety of techniques and media–from early community murals to today’s contemporary expressions.  The ChicagoRICAN exhibit will showcase artistic production within the context of community building in Chicago.