Corrosive Like Salt Water

September 4 - October 19, 2018
Reception: September 13, 5-7 p.m.


Corrosive Like Salt Water gathers the work of Puerto Rican artists whose practices pose compelling formal propositions, politically charged imagery, and social commentary about the island’s social and geopolitical position. The artists use esoteric, sarcastic, and kinetic elements to unveil the mosaic of idiosyncrasies related to being born in a U.S. invaded territory. This fact is at the center of most of these artists’ work, yet with radical, acerbic critique they challenge historical narratives, social stagnation, and political myopia in relation to the island’s long colonial history.    

In Corrosive Like Salt Water, artists employ revisionist methods, cultural signifiers, and identity politics to meditate and comment on the complexity of Puerto Rico’s racial and economic legacies. Thematically, the exhibition pushes through allegorical projections of Caribbean kinship, island geography, and colonial identity giving the audience a considerate and embedded view into discursive and artistic manifestations in and outside Puerto Rico.

Participating artists include: Ramón Miranda Beltrán, Jorge González, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Josue Pellot, Guillermo Rodriguez, Monica Rodriguez, nibia pastrana santiago, Chemi Rosado-Seijo and Edra Soto.

Corrosive Like Salt Water is curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera. She is Associate Curator at The Green Lantern Press based at Sector 2337 in Chicago, IL. Cruz Rivera holds an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a dual BA in Art History and Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico.

Related programming:

The Art & Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago is please to present a lecture by Chemi Rosado-Seijo in conjunction with the Corrosive Like Salt Water exhibition at the Glass Curtain Gallery.  

Chemi Rosado-Seijo Lecture
Wednesday, September 12, 6 p.m.
623 S Wabash Ave, Room 109

Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter / / 312-369-6643
Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Closed