For nearly 70 years, the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art has served as one of the institutions that has contributed the most to the cultural heritage of the island. Its collection of Puerto Rican art—one of the most complete—is an invaluable resource for the study of our arts. It is also the custodian of important collections of international graphic works and Puerto Rican archaeology.
In its 72 years, the Archaeological Research Center (Centro de Investigaciones Arqueólogicas) has consistently carried out its mission of studying and defending Puerto Rico’s Indigenous and historical cultural heritage. It is because of the efforts devoted to this significant project, initially led by Dr. Ricardo Alegría and later by Dr. Chanlatte Baik, that we have been able to assemble the largest and most important archaeological collection in the Caribbean.
The history of art in Puerto Rico would be incomplete without mentioning the enormous contributions made over the last century by the leading institution of higher learning in our country, the University of Puerto Rico. The university’s commitment and unflagging efforts in fostering artistic sensibilities have characterized the education offered, to this day, in the lecture halls of our alma mater. Faced with rapidly changing realities, the Humanities and the Visual Arts position themselves as essential disciplines for a more comprehensive and inclusive education of present and future generations. In the hopes of contributing to this purpose, we present this edition of Visión Doble.