ICS Lecture on Caribbean Sculptors Rita Longa and Luisa Géigel Brunet


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Escultoras de la historia del arte: Recuperando la obra y vida de las más destacadas en el ámbito caribeño. Rita Longa (Cuba) y Luisa Géigel (Puerto Rico)” [Female Sculptors of the History of Art: Recovering the work and life of the most prominent in the Caribbean. Rita Longa (Cuba) and Luisa Géigel (Puerto Rico)] by Montserrat Siso Monter (doctoral candidate, Universidad Nacional a Distancia, Spain) and Yamila Azize (Visiting Researcher, Institute of Caribbean Studies, UPR-Río Piedras).

The activity will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 1:00-3:30pm, at Amphitheater Manuel Maldonado Denis, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: Rita Longa (Cuba, 1912-2000) and Luisa Géigel Brunet (Puerto Rico, 1916-2008) share having been pioneers in the art of sculpture in their countries of origin. Longa’s public presence in Cuba is evident in the monumental works that, with government support, she was able to develop and that currently adorn parks, museums, cities. In her case, Géigel shared sculpture with painting and preferred smaller formats. Her first public sculpture—the Virgin of Providence—was considered as the cornerstone for the beginning of a new Puerto Rican cultured imagery. Despite their valuable contributions as sculptors and teachers, their stories still have not gained recognition and dissemination.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu.

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu.

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[Photo above: Longa’s “Las Virtudes” (left) and Géigel’s “Loíza III” (right).]


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