Viewers entering Radamés “Juni” Figueroa’s exhibition “Sabroso Veneno” (Sweet Poison) might have wondered if they’d walked into a local cantina by mistake. The room was set up with eight small square tables, each draped in a pink tablecloth embroidered with the exhibition’s name. Folding metal chairs bore the logo of Indio, a popular Mexican beer. To the right, a stage, also painted pink (with accents of pale blue and yellow) jutted out from the wall, rising a foot or so from the ground. Two wide pedestals flanking the stage might have served to display sculptureor performing bodies.
Hanging on the walls toward the back of the space were a pair of large painted portraits of noted Puerto Rican salsa trumpeter and composer Luis “Perico” one of Ortiz, each reproducing a campy cover of one of Ortiz’s albums from the early 1980s: El Astro (1981) and Sabroso! (1982), respectively.
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