There’s a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago titled “entre horizontes: Art and Activism between Chicago and Puerto Rico.”
Featuring 18 artists of diverse mediums, the goal of the exhibition is to address the social and political issues that the Puerto Rican community faces — from housing discrimination and migration to bilingual education and health care issues.
“A lot of the conversation around Puerto Rican migration usually focuses on states like New York and Florida. So part of the argument around this show is to really re-center and position Chicago within that conversation,” said MCA curator Carla Acevedo-Yates. “A lot of folks don’t know that Puerto Ricans have been migrating to Chicago since the 1940s. Companies based here in Chicago recruited Puerto Rican workers to come to the city to work, women as domestic workers and men to work in the steel mills.”
Acevedo-Yates sees Chicago as unique.
“There’s no place like Humboldt Park in the entire world, and there’s no place like Paseo Boricua. That is thanks to those organizations that have fought and struggled to really make Division Street and Humboldt Park a cultural enclave of Puerto Rican culture,” Acevedo-Yates said.
You can see “entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico” at the MCA until May 5.