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Reception for Roberto Lugo’s BORICUA, BARRIO, BARRO

October 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo brings his potter’s wheel directly to the people of North Philadelphia in his first solo exhibition at Taller. Boricua, Barrio, Barro (Puerto Rican, Neighborhood, Clay) is Lugo’s homecoming show to the neighborhood he grew up in and pays homage to the creativity and resourcefulness of the men and women he knew.

This unique show foregrounds Lugo’s creative process, transforming the gallery into a studio where Lugo established  connections with the public as he shares his artistic process and vision. The exhibition highlights an essential aspect of his work: the acknowledgment that he is a person of color who has escaped the confines of poverty and racism through his introduction to ceramic art. This realization is as much a characteristic of his nature as it is of his art, and it is what he believes binds him to those who share in his lived experiences. During June and part of July, the artist was at work in the gallery. All visitors were encouraged even when the artist is not present to explore his studio, shape clay, or sit and ponder the artwork.

Born and raised in a Puerto Rican household in North Philadelphia, Lugo is a master potter, social activist, spoken word poet, educator, husband, and father. An Assistant Professor and Head of the Ceramics Department at Tyler School of Art, he is represented by Philadelphia’s Wexler Gallery.


October 5, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Taller Puertorriqueño
2600 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia, 19133 United States
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