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100% Boricua


Pepón Osorio



Institution Walker Art Center
Location Not on view.
100% Boricua, Pepón Osorio
Cabinet doors closed
Courtesy Walker Art Center
Pepón Osorio, 100% Boricua (100% Puerto Rican) (1991)
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Medium: Sculpture, Sculptures | wood, glass, plexiglass, paper, fabric, metal, plastic
Size: overall 79.375 x 33.5 x 20.5 inches
Culture: American
Inscriptions: N.A.; N.A.
Physical Description: text for 100% Boricuan* It is estimated that by the year 2000 around 1 million Puerto Ricans will be living in N.Y.C.*349,115 Puerto Ricans reside in the Bronx alone, an amount that surpasses the number of people living in Bayamón, the second biggest city in Puerto Rico.*13% of all New Yorkers are Puerto Rican.*The city of the never ending coming and going, where in one year alone 4,297,510 people traveled from the island to N.Y. and 4,282,156 people travelled from N.Y. to the island. I know one Puerto Rican who went and came back 35 times in one year.*Where 20,000 Puerto Rican men and women were taken to fight in the Persian gulf, and the first New Yorkers to lose their lives in this absurd war were Newyoricans.*In a city where since the beginning of this year, there have been 21 cases of police brutality that have come before the public. In 1989, 11 latinos were murdered while under police custody.*Why aren't there pictures of El Barrio on any N.Y.C. souvenirs?*In a city where 43.5% of all Puerto Rican families are headed by a woman. *Where unemployment for Puerto Ricans is approximately 13% but we do not tire of looking for work.*In a city where hundreds of Puerto Ricans have died of AIDS.*In a city with a lot of discrimination and not enough work.*In a city where Puerto Rican women often hold two jobs in order to keep their families going. (Take note Montaner!)*A city that little by little has been taking over our social clubs.*During the Christmas holidays it's cheaper to go to Europe than to P.R.*In a city where less than .1% of arts funds are awarded to Puerto Rican institutions.*In a city where even a smaller percent reaches Puerto Rican artists.*By nature, we P.R.'s are multicultural. We live in two cultures, the Puerto Rican culture from Puerto Rico and the Newyorican culture from N.Y.
Credit: Collection Walker Art Center; Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation, 1992
Accession Number: 1992.180.1-.76
Rights: Copyright retained by the artist
Artist: Pepón Osorio, American, b. Puerto Rico, 1955
Role: Artist
Nationality: American
Life Dates: American, b. Puerto Rico, 1955
Added to Site: March 1, 2009