Puerto Rico: Door to the Landscape is a publication sponsored by the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities. It accompanies an exhibition of the same title organized by the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras campus.
The book explores the genre of the Puerto Rican landscape from its beginnings in the 18th century to the present, focusing through various theoretical, critical and historical perspectives on themes such as territory and territoriality, the development of the concept of “nature,” the friction between nature and the artificial, the relationship between landscape and other pictorial genres, and the new representation of the human-nature relationship through new sciences and technologies of the landscape. The theme is based on three historical moments: a first formation of classic landscape in the paintings of Francisco Oller, a second classic moment in the work of Carlos Raquel Rivera and a third moment, still unfolding today, in the vehement landscape work of Myrna Báez.
The publication, which is bilingual, contains essays, speeches and lectures presented during educational and discussion sessions at the exhibition Puerto Rico: Door to the Landscape in 2013. It also includes full-color reproductions of the 109 works that are part of the exhibition. Copies of the book are available at the Endowment.
Text adapted from the publication