Interview with José Buscaglia Guillermety on July 11, 2019

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

Buscaglia discusses what it means to be a Puerto Rican artist and culturist and shares significant life events that defined his career as sculptor and educator. 

Part One 00:00:00 Buscaglia begins by discussing the role of culture, identity and freedom in art 00:05:19. He explains the origins and characteristics of the open studio process, which he instituted at the University of Puerto Rico. 00:12:52 He goes on to describe his own artistic training under the Catalan Master Sculptor, Enrique Monjo, during his college years. 00:33:44 Buscaglia reminisces about his first teacher and mentor in Puerto Rico and how at an early age his parents identified his talent for sculpture. 00:41:16 He goes on to describe his father, a key political figure in Puerto Rico in the 1940s, and his mother, an opera singer. 00:48:58 Buscaglia reflects on his education at Harvard University and talks about several influential figures he met there including Robert Frost.

Part Two 00:00:00 In the second half of the interview, Buscaglia describes two significant events that marked his career. The first, the Civil War in Dominican Republic and the assassination of Trujillo that set the stage for the execution of various Puerto Rican monuments 00:14:20. The second, his collaboration with Venezuela on the Intelligence Project. 00:40:55 Buscaglia ends by reflecting on excellence in art production, the role of genetics and the environment in creative intelligence and his concern for humanity.

July 10, 2019, Recording date
José Buscaglia Guillermety
Raquel Ríos
2h 15m 0.0s
Location of interview

Johnston, RI

Object Type
Moving Image
Related Keywords
Art, Identity, Community, Artists
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Alexander Luria, José Ortega Gasset, Ben Shahn, Jaime Benitez, Jesús Piñero, Yoshiaki Shimizu, Delmar Leighton, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Antonio Fernós-Isern, Luis Muñoz Marin, Luis Muñoz Rivera, Guy Jacob Swope, Antonio Paoli, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, John Philip Sousa, José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Edward L. Logan, Donatello, Michelangelo, Charles P. Whitlock, James Bryant Conant, Jerome S. Bruner, B.F. Skinner, Reuben Brower, Rafael Trujillo, Adolf Hitler, Tomas Batista, Elías Wessin y Wessin, Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deño, Juan Bosch, Luis Alberto Machado, Luis Herrara Campins, Carlos Chardón Lopez, José Antonio Abreu, Beatriz Manrique, Richard J. Hernstein, Robert J. Steinberg, University of Puerto Rico, Citibank, Military Equestrian Academy of Barcelona, Partido Popular Democrático (P.R.), Academia del Sagrado Corazón, Harvard University, Sanders Theater, Fogg Museum, Cognitive and Research Center of New Jersey, Spanish Republican Army, Fundación Dorado, Ambassador Hotel, United Nations, Ministry of Education, Comitado Organización Política Electoral Independiente (Venezuela), Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A, Bolshoi Ballet, Berklee College Of Music
Related Places
Johnston (interview location), Barcelona (is referenced), Puerto Rico (is referenced), Detroit, MI (is referenced), Michigan (is referenced), Miami, FL (is referenced), Madrid (is referenced), Stockholm (is referenced), San Juan, PR (is referenced), Parque las Palomas (is referenced), Santurce, San Juan, PR (is referenced), New York (is referenced), Culebra, PR (is referenced), Vieques, PR (is referenced), Buenos Aires (is referenced), Italy (is referenced), North Andover (is referenced), Greenwich, CT (is referenced), Huelva (is referenced), France (is referenced), Bayona (is referenced), Mexico (is referenced), Dominican Republic (is referenced), Puerto Plata (is referenced), Carolina, PR (is referenced), Venezuela (is referenced), Oxford (is referenced), England (is referenced), Ireland (is referenced), Cayo Santiago (is referenced)
Related Dates
1958 – 1959, Date mentioned
1963, Date mentioned
1965, Date mentioned
1979, Date mentioned
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with José Buscaglia Guillermety on July 11, 2019: JBus.2019.07.11.fullInterview. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 12 Aug 2020.
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