Keon and Jeanine
In 1995, Rigoberto Torres was an Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson River Museum, working with the nearby Museum Junior High School (now Riverside High School) in conjunction with an exhibition of portraits. During each session, Torres collaborated with students on creating a piece and taught the process of direct casting, for which he and his mentor, John Ahearn, are known. In the 1970s, Torres and Ahearn opened a storefront studio in the South Bronx and painted life casts of local residents. They enjoyed the intimate physicality of the process, working with their subjects to make molds of their faces.