I just found out that Puerto Rican artist Miguel Luciano was invited by Brooklyn Museum’s education department to speak about history, culture and identity, and the work of Francisco Oller earlier today (December 2, 2015). This was part of a bilingual public program for young people entitled “El Brooklyn Museum es para ti” [The Brooklyn Museum is for you]. Luciano’s “Plátano Pride” (2006) was brought in from the permanent collection into the gallery and placed beside Francisco Oller’s “Plátanos amarillos” (1892-93) for the discussion.
Also, on December 12, the museum will host a Curator Talk and Roundtable Discussion with Puerto Rican artists on Francisco Oller at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor.
1:00 pm Curator Talk
Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, New York University, discuss the exhibition Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World.
2:00 pm Artist Roundtable
Contemporary Puerto Rican artists respond to the work of Oller and talk about how identity and art are affected by place. With Pepón Osorio, Juan Sanchez, María de Mater O’Neill, and Miguel Luciano. Moderated by Susana Torruella Leval (Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio).
For more information, see https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/roundtable_discussion_francisco_oller_december_2015
[Above: “Plátanos Amarillos” 1892-93, Francisco Oller; “Plátano Pride”, 2006, Miguel Luciano. Brooklyn Museum Collection.]