Antonio Martorell Completes Sculpture of Ramón Emeterio Betances for the Puerto Rican Athenaeum

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President of the Puerto Rican Athenaeum Dr. José Milton Soltero Ramírez and artist Antonio Martorell will hold a press conference this coming Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 11:00am in the Central Chamber of the Puerto Rican Athenaeum to present the completed statue of Father of the Nation Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances. As Soltero explains, “the statue of the patriot—which represents the struggle of the Puerto Rican people by reaffirming the spirit of nation, homeland, and identity—was created by Dominican sculptor José Cadaveda, and its base—on which one will read [Betances’] Ten Commandments of Free Men—was designed by the artist Antonio Martorell.”

On that date, Martorell will discuss the statue’s design, the text inscribed on the sculpture, and the design of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medal that the Puerto Rican Athenaeum Betances has coined, among other projects.

The first recipients of the Ramón Emeterio Betances Medal will be the group Calle…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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