Art Exhibition—“Las chicas de Sofía: Una mirada retrospectiva”

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Puerto Rico Art News recently announced a new art exhibition by Cuban-Puerto Rican artist Sofía Maldonado. Hosted by the Arte_FITS.Foundation and the exhibition space Sala de Exposiciones del Plata Salvador Rivera Cardona (SEP), “Las chicas de Sofía: Una mirada retrospectiva” [Sofía’s Girls: A Retrospective Look] will open on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 6:00pm. The SEP is located at Calle Industrial #27 in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The opening and the after-party (with DJ, karaoke, and performances) is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view from March 16 until May 22, 2020. Here is more information from Puerto Rico Art News.

Arte_FITS.FOUNDATION and Sala de Exposiciones del Plata Salvador Rivera [S.E.P] cordially invites the press and the general public to the opening of the exhibition Las chicas de Sofía: una mirada introspectiva, by Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado. It will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Sala de Exposiciones del Plata Salvador Rivera in the town of Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Sofia Maldonado has a BFA from the Puerto Rico School of Visual Arts and an MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York. She has developed several projects in New York with the Bronx Museum, the Times Square Alliance, and the Groundswell Community Project; in Florida, with the Ringling Museum; in Connecticut, with Real Art Ways; in Cuba, with the 10th Havana Biennial; and many other international collaborations. She has also exhibited her works in Wisconsin, Philadelphia, California, Aruba, Spain, Amsterdam, among others.

The exhibition Las chicas de Sofía: una mirada introspectiva will present a selection of pieces by the artist under the theme of women represented in contemporary cultures such as Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, and Trap. Among these, we find the 42nd Street Mural project of international renown, created in 2010 by commission for the Times Square Alliance, the Cuban Artists Fund, and Rockefeller Brothers. It was exhibited on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York City. The concept of the mural is the representation of the typical Puerto Rican woman who resides in her hometown or, for various reasons of fate, has had to move to the United States. The main characters of the mural are three women who share a positive attitude towards life and who desist from adopting the perfect canon the media imposes. The presentation of this mural generated much controversy in the U.S. media, some considering it magnificent, and others believing it was offensive to Latinas. According to the artist herself, the work fulfilled its purpose of establishing a dialogue among its viewers and opened a discussion on how people identify and visualize women who dress in this way. Also included are additional works, including pieces from the Concrete Jungle Divas and Fem Trap series.

The opening of the exhibition will include an after-party with performances, karaoke, and a DJ. We urge the entire community not to miss this great opportunity to enjoy this experience free of cost.

The exhibition will remain open to the public from Monday, March 16 to Friday, May 15, 2020. The 42nd Street Mural will be exhibited semi-permanently in the facilities of the S.E.P. The Plata Exhibition Space is located at Calle Industria # 27 in the town of Dorado. Hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm. For more information, you can call (787) 963-0251 or write to hello@artefits.org.

[Post translated by Ivette Romero. See the original post (in Spanish) at https://www.puertoricoartnews.com/2020/03/exhibicion-de-sofia-maldonado-en-la.html. Also see https://artefits.org/ephemeralart/]

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