Downward Turn, from Portfolio 2008

Javier Cintron, Puerto Rican, born 1967


about 2008

Linocut on chine collé


Overall: 10 × 10 1/2 in. (25.4 × 26.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through a gift from the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, Vermont


Place Made: Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Central America


21st century

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Research Area


Not on view


Numbered, lower left, in graphite: 3/37; titled, lower center, in graphite: Downhill Rd.; signed, lower right, in graphite: Javier Cintron


Downward Turn references the 2008 financial crisis, which greatly impacted the lives of many Puertorriqueños, forcing them to leave their island and move to the continental United States. This work contains a colorful collage of images and graphs, including an image of a dollar bill with President George W. Bush’s face, beside which the words "nobody really minds" appear on the garage of a house.

Javier Cintron uses these images and symbols to create social and political commentary on the financial crisis and its effects on Puertorriqueños. Cintron is a Puerto Rican / Nuyorican artist who depicts his cultural ties to his Puerto Rican homeland by combining printing, collage, and watercolor techniques. Through his art, he represents his individual struggle to define himself while navigating the multiple places he calls home.

From the 2022 exhibition A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, A Space for Dialogue 106, curated by Yliana Beck, '22 Conroy Intern

Course History

SPAN 80.21, The Boricua Gaze: Decolonialism in Puerto Rican Visual Cultures, Israel Reyes, Winter 2021

Spanish 80.25, Picturing the End of Extraction in Latin America, Martina Broner, Winter 2023

Art History 40.05, Latino Studies 12.01, Print the Revolution, Mary Coffey, Spring 2023

Art History 40.03, Latin American and Caribbean Studies 20.11, Art and Politics in Latin America, Mary Coffey, Fall 2023

Art History 5.01, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Mary Coffey and Chad Elias, Winter 2024

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 106, A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, Yliana Beck, Class of 2022, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 30 - June 18, 2022.


Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, Vermont; sold to present collection, 2009.

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