Taller Puertorriqueño: “Community, Place, and Expression” Artist Talk


Roxana J. Pérez-Méndez, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and Roberta Fallon of the Artblog will come together for a discussion on “Community, Place, and Expression”—elements that are fundamental to Taller Puertorriqueño’s mission as an arts organization that is grounded in the community of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on June 2, 6:00-8:00pm.

That same evening (June 2, 8:00-10:00pm) there will be a closing party for Michelle Angela Ortiz’s exhibition, “Quizás mañana,” which is on view at Taller Puertorriqueño’s Lorenzo Homar Gallery through June 3, 2017, and Roxana J. Pérez-Méndez’s preceding show “Quien a buen árbol se arrima ….” The party will also honor the Artblog’s Look/Draw/Write workshops to discuss the themes of shows and create responses from the public.  With music by DJ Juanderful, this event costs $10.

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, skilled muralist, and community arts educator. Her art depicts people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking, and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues affecting individuals and communities alike.

Roxana Pérez-Méndez is a video performance and installation artist who creates work about the arbitrary nature of contemporary identity through the lens of her own experiences as a Puerto Rican woman.

Artblog is an independent online publication that fosters dialog and community through commentary and discussion about art and culture. They focus primarily on the Philadelphia region and educate our community about the importance of art to civil society. Artblog raises the profile of marginalized artists—the young, minorities and women—who have been left out of the conversation. They do all this through their online publication and with programs in the community.

For more information, see https://tallerpr.org/event/community-place-and-expression/

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