In preparation for SPA 327/URB 327/LAO 327 Latino Global Cities, taught by Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones and Germán Labrador Méndez, we pulled this poster for a 1977 exhibition by the printmaker and painter José Rosa, printed “under the auspices of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico.” The image is based on a wonderful book by Luis Rafael Sánchez, La guaracha del macho Camacho (Buenos Aires: Ediciones de la Flor, 1976). Firestone Library (F) PQ7440.S235 G8
Born in 1939, Rosa studied at the Taller del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño (Graphic Arts Workshop of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture) run by Lorenzo Homar (1913-2004) and later succeeded Homar as the workshop’s director. As this print demonstrates, he was a master of screen printing. The print was later exhibited and reproduced in the catalogue José Rosa: Exposición Homenaje: Obra Gráfica, 1963-1996: Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico, 29 de abril al 31 de agosto de 1998 ([San Juan, P.R.]: Programa de Artes Plástica, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 1998).