The Frailty of Strength Exhibit

Date Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:00pm -
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00pm

La Galeria


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Exhibit Dates: September 20, 2019 to October 18, 2019

Special Events

  • Opening reception: September 20th, 6-8pm
  • Artist talk — Thursday Sept 19th at 3:30pm (at UMass, Auditorium 2120)
  • Artist talk — Friday Sept 20th at 7pm (at La Galeria)

Location: La Galeria

TIAGO uses his bold, in-your-face ink artwork on pieces of glass  and metal to help tell the stories of the 911 lives lost and forgotten by the government in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. THE FRAILTY OF STRENGTH features 911 unique monotypes and embodies the growing resistance to the neoliberal forces that threaten Puerto Rico and the future of its people.

Artist Bio

Richard Santiago, known as TIAGO is a Puerto Rican painter and university professor at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico. As the Co-Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee of the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago he has worked tirelessly to help those who were suddenly displaced after Hurricane Maria in 2017. He has served as the Artist in Residence at The Puerto Rican Cultural Center of Chicago as well as The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Tiago has created moving artwork using a myriad of mediums showcasing different forms of expression through film, music, sculpture, graphic design, and street art amongst others. 

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The exhibit on the media:

Puerto Rico Art News

Social Justice News

Chicago Reader

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center


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