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This week's Culture Vultures recommend:

Science Is Culture, Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo, and work by artist Antonio Martorell



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Bibiana Suárez, visual artist and professor of art at DePaul University, was impressed with:

"Un Año de Martorell" Chicagoans should not miss a series of large-scale prints by prominent Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell that are showing until June 8 at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Humboldt Park. These exquisite woodcuts, in series titled "Gestuario 1" and "Gestuario 2" (Gestures 1 and Gestures 2), hang from the ceiling, depicting life-scale figures performing gestures that signal the usage of body language among Puerto Ricans, young and old, that signify changes in social attitudes between generations. The installation guides you to move in between the prints, engaging your own body as it travels through this space of culture in a way that you cannot help but empathize with the characters represented. As a student and later apprentice to master graphic artist Lorenzo Homar, Martorell's prints give continuation to a beautiful and socially engaged printmaking tradition in the island.

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