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VIRGIN ISLANDS PUERTO RICO FRIENDSHIP 2019
Anacaonas de Borinquen
October 1, 2020
In keeping with our annual tradition of celebrating our friendship with Puerto Rico to honor the Puerto Rican Boricua women and how artists depict and honor her.
In explaining the name of the show, Anacaona is defined as the Golden Flower but was a great Taino Indian war chieftess, sister of Chief Bojekio and the wife of Chief Caonabo. She was the prettiest Taina woman of all the Caribbean and had 80 regional chiefs under her command in the region of Jaragua. Borinquen is the native Taino name for Puerto Rico. Boricua, the native Taino name for an individual living in Puerto Rico.
Traditionally Puerto Rican women are the leader of the household, community, and are an integral part of Puerto Rican society. This group show, of well-known, important Puerto Rican artists, will reflect the diversity of the Puerto Rican woman through original works, silk-screens, and lithographs.
The collection, of 75 masterworks, that is part of a traveling exhibit that includes artists like Emeli Vando, Alberto Ortiz Collazo, Lillian Colon, Antonio Maldonado, and Torres Soto, forms part of the Collection of Labiosa Center for the Arts and its Gallery W. Labiosa, the oldest in Puerto Rico in Old San Juan. This gallery was established over 50 years ago by one of Puerto Rico’s renowned artists, the late Wilfred Labiosa, widely recognized for his graphic and textile designs and artwork. Many of the artists in the show were his teachers and students. Ten of Wilfred Labiosa’s works will be presented in their own gallery called “Homage to Women.”