Conversation: David Ungerleider, S.J. & Antonio Martorell

Loas 31

Thursday, October 4
516 ARTS

516 ARTS and Lannan Foundation present David L. Ungerleider, S.J. and Antonio Martorell for an intimate conversation in the gallery, in conjunction with the exhibition Puerto Rico: Defying Darkness (on view through October 20).

A consummate artist, Antonio Martorell is one of Puerto Rico's greatest living cultural treasures. A printmaker, painter, draftsman, installation artist, stage and costume designer, writer, illustrator and teacher, he is considered one of the most prolific Puerto Rican artists of the late twentieth and early 21st century. He is a direct heir of the graphic tradition initiated by the masters of the island's "Fifties Generation." And he established the Alacrán Studio, one of Puerto Rico's first independent print studios and has taught printmaking in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. His work is in the collections of many museums including the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museo del Barrio and the Library of Congress just to name a few.

David L. Ungerleider, S.J. is a Tijuana-based Jesuit priest in the tradition of liberation theology and a professor who has lived and worked in Puerto Rico. He has served as the director of several nonprofit organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds numerous degrees, including a BA in Philosophy and Letters from St. Louis University and an MA in Social Anthropology from the Escuela Nacional de Antroplogía e Historia (ENAH) in Mexico City. He is the author of Fiestas de Santiago Apóstal en Loiza: LA Cultura Afro-Puertoriqueña ante de los Procesos de Hiridación y Globbalización. 

Ungerleider says, "During the six years I lived in Puerto Rico during the 80s, I was affiliated with the Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Puertorriqueña (CEREP) while Antonio was active with the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. We also were involved in the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico. Antonio was a key figure as an artist during those turbulent times on the island."

This event is one of several public programs presented by 516 ARTS in partnership with Lannan Foundation this season.   


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 Image: Antonio Martorell, from the Loas Project