<h1 class="page">EN FOCO</h1> <div id="main"> <div class="column-a"> <ul id="menu"> <li class="first"><a href="art_in_general">Art in General</a></li> <li><a href="bca">Bronx Council of the Arts (BCA)</a></li> <li><a href="bronx_museum">The Bronx Museum of the Arts</a></li> <li><a href="cuban_studies">Center for Cuban Studies</a></li> <li><a href="puerto_rican_studies">The Center for Puerto Rican Studies</a></li> <li><a href="velez_center">Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center</a></li> <li><a href="cooper_hewitt">Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum</a></li> <li><a href="dominican_studies">Dominican Studies Institute Library</a></li> <li><a href="emilio_sanchez">Emilio Sánchez Foundation</a></li> <li class=" selected"><a href="en_foco">En Foco</a></li> <li><a href="exit_art">Exit Art</a></li> <li><a href="felix_gonzalez_torres">Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation</a></li> <li><a href="lehman">Lehman College Art Gallery</a></li> <li><a href="barrio">El Museo del Barrio</a></li> <li><a href="hispanic_art">Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art</a></li> <li><a href="moma">Museum of Modern Art Library and Archives</a></li> <li><a href="op_art">Organization of Puerto Rican Artists</a></li> <li><a href="puerto_rico">Puerto Rico and the American Dream</a></li> <li><a href="taller_boricua">Taller Boricua</a></li> </ul> <div class="box"> <h3 class="top">ON THIS PAGE</h3> <ul class="dots"> <li><a href="#contact">Contact</a></li> <li><a href="#history">History</a></li> <li><a href="#scope">Scope</a></li> <li><a href="#holdings_primary">Holdings: Primary</a></li> <li><a href="#holdings_secondary">Holdings: Secondary</a></li> <li><a href="#finding_aids">Finding Aids</a></li> <li><a href="#accessibility">Accessibility</a></li> <li><a href="#restrictions">Restrictions</a></li> <li><a href="#assessment">Assessment</a></li> <li><a href="#relations">Relations</a></li> </ul> <h3>RELATED LINKS</h3> <ul class="dots"> <li><a href="/learn/resources/latino_survey/institutions">Participating Institutions</a></li> <li><a href="/learn/resources/latino_survey/resources">Other Research Resources</a></li> <li><a href="http://arcade.nyarc.org/search~S11" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">Latin American Bibliography</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="column-b"> <div class="box"> <a href="" name="contact"></a> <h2 class="top">Contact Information</h2> <p>En Foco<br /> 1738 Hone Avenue<br /> Bronx, NY 10461<br /> (718) 931-9311<br /> <a href="http://www.enfoco.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.enfoco.org</a></p> <p> <em>Contact </em><br /> Marisol Díaz, Program Director<br /> <a href="mailto:info@enfoco.org" class="researchlink">info@enfoco.org</a></p> <p> <em>Hours open to the public</em><br /> Monday–Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. <br /> The collection can be viewed by appointment only.</p> <a href="" name="history"></a> <p> <a name="history"></a><h2>History of the Institution</h2> <p>Founded in 1974 by three New York Puerto Rican photographers—Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Phil Dante, and Roger Cabán—En Foco's mission is to promote and exhibit work by photographers of color (e.g. Latinos, African Americans, and Asians) in the United States.</p> <p>Over their thirty-year history, this collective of photographers and their institution have been seminal in establishing Latino visual identity in photography. En Foco works toward the greater visibility and recognition of the work of other photographers of color in the United States.</p> <a href="" name="scope"></a> <h2>Scope and Content</h2> <p> The archives of En Foco concern photographers of color (e.g. Latinos, Asians, and African American) in the United States.</p> <p>The vast majority of the archival material documents Puerto Rican and Latin American photographers, although some Asian and African American photographers are also documented. The main source of archival information about photographers is the slide registry and the objects of the permanent collection. The vertical file with clippings regarding En Foco is a valuable source on the institution's history and development. </p> <p> <strong>Overall holdings of archives and research material:</strong> Ninety linear feet<br /> <strong> </strong> <strong>Overall holdings of archives and research material related to Latino art:</strong> Ninety linear feet</p> <p><strong>Inclusive dates of files:</strong> 1970–present<br /> <strong> Bulk dates of Latino/Hispanic Archive:</strong> 1970–present</p> <p><strong>Languages in which records are written:</strong><br /> English, Spanish</p> <a href="" name="holdings_primary"></a> <h2>Holdings: Primary Sources</h2> <p> <strong>Archives of institution's history and operation related to Latino art:</strong><br /> Seventy linear feet<br /> These archives are only available upon request. See Restrictions.</p> <p><strong>Newsletters and magazines published in-house:</strong><br /> En Foco published a newsletter titled <em>Critical Mass</em> from 1986 to 1997. After that year, the newsletter was incorporated into<em> Nueva Luz</em>, En Foco's quarterly photographic journal. This bilingual journal (Spanish and English) has been published since 1984.</p> <p><strong>Recorded interviews and performances:</strong><br /> Undetermined <br /> En Foco holds video recordings of workshops in the 1970s and 1980s, when En Foco had an exchange program and brought Latino and Latin American photographers to lecture and give workshops at the University of Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico.</p> <p><strong>Slides and photographs:</strong><br /> 4,450 items<br /> The slide registry provides a reference to the work of approximately 200 artists. Each one has a file with twenty to forty slides, totaling approximately 3,000 slides. The slide registry is in the process to be uploaded on the En Foco website. </p> <p>The permanent collection holds over 430 photographs. Some Latino photographers in the permanent collection include Adál, Laura Aguilar, Pablo Cambo, Evelyn Collazo, Papo Colo, Andre Cypriano, Pablo Delano, and Juan Sánchez. En Foco has also a Print Collector's Program in which photographers donate a determined number of prints to sell for the benefit of En Foco. Some photographers who participate in that program include Adál, Juan Sánchez, Gerald Cyrus, Valdir Cruz, Frank Gimpaya, Dawoud Bey, and others. </p> <p><strong>Art objects and artifacts available for research:</strong><br /> 450 items <br /> The permanent collection holds over 430 photographs. Please refer to slides and photographs section above.</p> <p> <strong>Exhibition catalogues published in-house that include work by Latino artists:</strong><br /> Nine items<br /> Some titles of catalogues by En Foco include <em>La Familia</em> (1979), <em>Vapors</em> (1980), <em>The Return: Four Photographers from Puerto Rico</em> (1985), <em>A Decade of En Foco</em> (1986), <em>Latina</em> (1988), and <em>Island Journey: An Exhibition of Puerto Rican Photography</em> (1995).</p> <a href="" name="holdings_secondary"></a> <h2>Secondary Sources</h2> <p><strong>Exhibition catalogues, books, and periodicals related to Latino art:</strong><br /> Ten linear feet<br /> En Foco collects publications on artists represented in their collection and general books on Latino art and artists, for example: <em>Mango Mambo</em> by Adál, <em>México Profundo</em> by Miguel Garder, and <em>Espantapájaros del Sur</em> by Polibio Díaz.</p> <p><strong>Vertical file materials related to Latino art: artist files, brochures, pamphlets, clippings:</strong><br /> Ten linear feet<br /> This material includes files with small catalogues on artists represented in the collection and clippings about En Foco.</p> <a href="" name="finding_aids"></a> <h2>Finding Aids</h2> <p>En Foco has a database of the organization's permanent collection of photographs.</p> <a href="" name="accessibility"></a> <h2>Accessibility</h2> <p> Materials at En Foco are accessible upon request, depending on the seriousness of purpose. The researcher must write a letter establishing the purpose of his or her research in order to obtain access.</p> <a href="" name="restrictions"></a> <h2>Restrictions</h2> <p> Some materials at En Foco are confidential and the institution reserves the right to restrict access to any of its holdings. Please refer to the Accessibility section.</p> <a href="" name="assessment"></a> <h2>General Assessment</h2> <p> En Foco has important institutional archives that document the history of the first Puerto Rican photography group in New York, and the developments of a Puerto Rican and Latino photographic aesthetic. The slide registry of En Foco is also a valuable source that is constantly updated with information on emerging Latino photographers. Moreover, their permanent collection is useful for researchers who want to see and study the work of photographers like Adál, Graciela Iturbide, and André Cypriano, among many others. </p> <a href="" name="relations"></a> <h2>Relations to other Latino and Latin American organizations:</h2> <p>En Foco has worked in collaboration with the Bronx Council of the Arts, the Association of Hispanic Arts, the Bronx Museum for the Arts, Hostos Community College, and Lehman College Art Gallery. </p> </div> </div> <div class="column-c"> <div class="JS_Widget"> <a href="/widgets/collection/all_collection_works" rel=""></a> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> </div>