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entre horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico

August 19, 2023 - May 5, 2024

In a still image from a video, a man wearing a wool-lined jean jacket sits at a table or desk holding a pen with a coffee cup and cassette tapes scattered around him. He appears to be transcribing a tape recording to his left.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives in San Juan),  Safehouse Side A/ Side B (still), 2018. Two-channel video; 20 minutes. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of John J. Drammis, Jr. and Ira Levy by exchange, 2022.122.

This exhibition examines the artistic genealogies and social justice movements that connect Puerto Rico with Chicago. Featuring works by an intergenerational group of artists with ties to Chicago, the exhibition presents Puerto Rican painters who use printmaking techniques and approaches alongside artists who address social and political issues through their work.

entre horizontes (between horizons) also centers Chicago as a city that for decades has championed national conversations on Puerto Rican self-determination and on Latine issues such as immigration and bilingual education. It features a selection of materials documenting the social movements and community organizations that advocated for the rights of underrepresented Latine communities, including historic photographs and other ephemera that tell the story of anticolonial resistance and the transcultural solidarities present in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community.

The title of the exhibition draws on another point of connection between these two places. While geographically distinct, the horizon lines over the waters of Lake Michigan and the Caribbean appear as sites of memory and longing to Puerto Rican Chicagoans. By bridging these two horizons, the exhibition traces correspondences across not only visual art and social justice, but also place and identity.



August 19, 2023
May 5, 2024
Event Category:


Free Admission

Wheelchair Accessible



In Person, Online
Teens, Families
Free Admission, Wheelchair Accessible, Bilingual
Event Topics
Art Education




Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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