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Art By Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists At The MAPR

New exhibit to open this month


January 20, 2005
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The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) Jan. 22 will welcome the exhibition, "None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists." Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn., created the exhibit with help from Deborah Cullen, Silvia Karman Cubiñá, and Steven Holmes, all curators of contemporary art. "These artists have an international viewpoint that also benefits local ones," said Javier Méndez of Commercial Properties Development Corp. and member of the Grupo de Jóvenes Coleccionistas (Young Art Collector Group).

The Grupo de Jóvenes Coleccionistas, created six months ago, raised $60,000 to sponsor the museum’s exhibit. "Our purpose is to support the museum through fundraising," said Méndez. According to Salvador Alemañy, also a member of the group, raising the funds for the exhibit during the election period was a challenge. The group will identify a piece from the collection to donate to the museum’s permanent collection. "A contribution made through art is a lifetime one," said Myrna Pérez, development & membership director for the MAPR. "The museum isn’t just for people who know about art which is the reason we are appealing to young professionals."

Méndez stated that even though this is the group’s first activity, it certainly won’t be the last. "We plan to sponsor art seminars with topics such as collecting art, insurance, and even purchasing art as decoration," he said. "We want to bring another kind of audience to the museum." Currently, the group has 40 members but looks forward to becoming larger.

None of the Above includes work by contemporary artists making their way on the international scene, such as Manuel Acevedo, Allora & Calzadilla, Javier Cambre, Nayda Collazo-Llórens, Dzine, Cari González Casanova, Ivelisse Jiménez, Charles Juhász-Alvarado, Ignacio Lang, Malika, Arnaldo Morales, Enoc Pérez, Chemi Rosado Seijo, and Carlos Rivera Villafañe. The exhibit will stay at the museum until April 17.

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