Signed in 1917 by President Wilson, The Jones-Shafroth Act granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in Puerto Rico on or after April 25, 1898, a complex and significant turning point for the people of Puerto Rico.


(New York, NY- February 17th, 2017) – Curated by Puerto Rican artist Adrián Viajero Román, DEFEND PUERTO RICO’s CITICIEN traveling exhibition will feature 100 artworks highlighting the historical and present-day impact of the Jones Act, with its opening reception scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017 at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center (107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002), from 6-10PM.

100 Puerto Rican artists from the island and the diaspora

Following strict visual guidelines of size and a black-and-white only palette, the exhibit’s theme is one of visual consistency and commitment, acting as a metaphor of the unified voice and solidarity of Puerto Ricans during this critical political time. Coinciding with the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Jones Act, CITICIEN, in an effort to nurture greater solidarity and collaboration, will feature 100 Puerto Rican artists from the island and the diaspora, including Antonio Martorell, Nitza Tufiño, Diogenes Ballester, Sofia Maldonado, Celso Gonzalez and Melissa Montero, among others. *

Adrian ``Viajero`` Roman

“I believe our exhibit will offer viewers a thought provoking space for dialogue around the multi-faceted narrative of what U.S. citizenship has meant to Puerto Rican’s, both on the island and the diaspora, and what its impacts have been.”, expressed Román.

dynamic landscapes
that comprise Puerto Rican
daily life and struggle

Programming will consist of artist talks and workshops throughout the duration of the exhibit, attendees at the opening reception will be able to watch a series of short films and interviews, as well as interact with immersive 360 and AR experiences that have been produced as part of the DEFEND PUERTO RICO Project. In addition, we will have a live music performance by Puerto Rican music ensemble “Los Pleneros de la 21, which is made possible by support from the NYC Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito’s office, and the Cultural Immigrant Initiative Fund.

Exhibiting Artists

Abey Charron
Aby Ruiz
Adál Maldonado
Adrian Viajero Roman
Alberto Ongay
Alejandro Epifanio
Alex Feliciano
Alexis Diaz
Amalia Avilés
Andres Rodriguez
Antonio Martorell
Arianna Chikki Cuesta
Barbara Diaz-Tapia
Bemba Prints
Betsy Casanas
Bles – Eli Rios
Bluster – James Alicea
Bonafide Rojas
Camille Imilse Arroyo

Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez
Celso Gonzalez
Christian Martir
Crystal Clarity
Damaris Cruz
Daniel Alago
Danielle De Jesus
David Zayas
Denis Gonzalez
Diego Romero
Diogenes Ballester
Don Rimx
Ector Javier
Edgardo Larregui
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Elizam Escobar
Faviana Silva
Fernando Romåan
Francisco Molina Reyes II

Gabriela Vazquez Martinez
Gretchen Ruiz Ramos
Güillo Cruz
Gustavo Santiago Jiménez
Harry Martinez
Herminio Rodriguez
Javier Padilla
Jean Oyola
Jo-El Lopez
Jocelyn Ortiz
Jose Andreu
Juan Angel Roman – Nepo
Juan Pablo Vizcaino Cortijo
Juan Sanchez • Juanito Guerrilla
Karlo Andrei Ibarra
Leenda Bonilla
Lester Rey Irizarry
Luis Cordero
Luis Vidal

Manny Vega
Marcos Dimas
Maria Dominguez
Mario Ruben Carrion
Marta Mabel Perez
Martin Garcia-Rivera
Máximo Colón
Mayra L. Córdova
Melissa Alvarez
Melissa Montero
Mia Roman Hernandez
Mikey Cordero
Michelle Angela
Migdalia Luz
Miguel Luciano
Miguel Trelles
Miguelangel Ruiz
Milaniza Montalvo
Moriviví Colectivo
Natalia Nicole
Nelson Santiago
Nia Andino

Nick Quijano
Nitza Tufino
Norberto Morales
Oliver Rios
Otura Mun – ÌFÉ
Patrick Urbain
Priscilla Anacakuyani Bell
Rafael Rodriguez
Ralph Serrano
Raquel Martínez Díaz
RIBS – Robin Padro
Ricardo Cabret
Roberto Biaggi
Samuel Miranda
Saul Castellanos
Shellyne Rodriguez
Sofia Maldonado
Tammy Cedré
Vanessa Rodriguez
VagaBond Alexander Beaumont
Virgen Enid Dominguez
Will Rosado
Yasmín Hernández
Xavier Muñoz Torres


Thursday March 2nd, 2017


The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center

107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002