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From the Tulane News: Art from Puerto Rico goes beyond the canvas

April 26th, 2017

By Teresa Parker Farris

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the granting of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans and and the impending referendum on the territory’s political status, Tulane’s Newcomb Art Museum presents “Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art From Puerto Rico.”

The exhibition presents the work of five artists whose works allude to this critical moment in Puerto Rican history: Zilia Sánchez, Julio Suárez, Arnaldo Roche Rabell, Pedro Vélez and Elsa María Meléndez. Each of the artists challenges the notion of the canvas as a flat surface for painted images by pulling, rubbing, folding, slashing, ripping, sewing and warping the fabric.

“Beyond the Canvas” is accompanied by a student-curated show, “Culture, Community, and Civic Imagination in Greater San Juan.”

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