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.