The Whitney Museum of American Art Puerto Rican Art


It has been about five years since Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory of Puerto Rico. The category five storm carried the strongest winds on record to the region, which subsequently knocked out power to the island and claimed the lives of 4,645 people.

Looking back on the event, the Whitney Museum of American Art will host an exhibition comprised of 15 cross-generational Puerto Rican artists — who largely identify as female, trans, or non-binary — showing how each has responded since the events of the ‘hurricane.

As the first exhibition of Puerto Rican art in an American museum in 50 years, “no exists un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria” seeks to raise awareness of larger issues that have only been exacerbated by the catastrophe – from Puerto Rico’s socio-political structure to the lack of aid and the disinvestment of the United States in such events.

In an interview with Artnet NewsWhitney show curator Marcela Guerrero noted, “Looking back five years since that fateful event, we know that Maria’s effects cannot be reduced to the storm itself, but rather unfold to through the events that preceded and followed September 20. The artistic community understands the nuances of this reality and, through its work, can both denounce the policies of disinvestment in the lives of Puerto Ricans while communicating a message of resistance.

“no existent un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria” will be on view from November 23, 2022 to April 23, 2023.

In other arts news, Dan Attoe lights up The Hole NYC in “Dead of Winter.”

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoortstraat,
New York, NY 10014


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