Artwork by Miguel Trelles


I'd Still be Puerto Rican Even if Born on the Moon
(Yo sería borincano, aunque naciera en la luna*)

Puerto Rican Migration through the Arts

This new exhibit, curated by City Lore’s own Elena Martínez tells the story of the Puerto Rican diaspora to New York City during the 20th century and into the 21st through the lens of expressive culture. Nuyoricans may celebrate Three Kings’ Day differently and wear vejigante masks for the Puerto Rican Parade instead of Carnival, but they are still Puerto Rican—and would be—"even if born on the moon." This exhibit features the work of both traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican artists, many of whom are long-time City Lore collaborators. Opening with a reception on June 21st.

Featuring artists:
Auralis Herrero-Lugo, Isaac Laboy, Felipe Rangel, Marta Iris Rodríguez Olmeda, Miguel Trelles, Ramonita Ramos Zavala, George Zavala. Curated by Elena Martínez

& contemporary artwork inspired by the theme of migration by the following artists:
Luis Carle, Ana Cristina Collazo, Maria Dominguez, Alejandro Epifanio, and Frances Gallardo. Curated by Miguel Trelles

When: Thursday, June 21st - Wednesday, July 25th
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
FREE and open to the public

With poetry by Tato Laviera and Sandra Maria Esteves, music by Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk St
New York,NY 10002

For more information contact Elena Martínez, 212-529-1955 x306 or

Sponsored by Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, City Lore, and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

This program is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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