viernes, 12 de agosto de 2016

Art in Service of the People: Puerto Rico’s DIVEDCO Poster Art at The Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture-California


Image: Rafael Tufiño Figueroa (Puerto Rican, 1922-2008), 
25 Aniversario (25th Anniversary), screen print on paper, 19 x 26.5 inches, 1974. 
Courtesy of Thomas F. Anderson and Marisel C. Moreno Collection.

PR ART NEWS - This exhibition included posters produced by Puerto Rican graphic artists who worked for the island's Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO), a government agency formed in 1949 as one of the initial acts of the territory's first-elected governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, a poet, journalist and politician. "A unique and powerful adaption of New Deal-era programs," DIVEDCO placed didactic art at the center of a massive public education campaign that aimed—through the production of posters, books, and short films—to teach the island's predominantly rural population about important issues such as community-building, democracy, conflict resolution and public health. Many of the works by the DIVEDCO artists also drew attention to Puerto Rico's rural cultural traditions, many of which were disappearing due to industrialization and ever-increasing U.S. influence on the island. 



Image: Carlos Raquel Rivera (Puerto Rican, 1923-1999), 
Nenén de la ruta mora [Nenén of the Moorish Way], 1956, lithograph. 
Courtesy of Thomas F. Anderson and Marisel C. Moreno Collection.

Films focused on cultural heritage, health, public safety, democracy, literacy, inclusivity, and civic participation. Films were often screened in the evenings and outdoors, followed by study groups discussing the films and reading material, and promoting community participation and conviviality.

Most of the posters and book covers produced for the DIVEDCO and included in this exhibition were designed by the island's best-known and most accomplished graphic artists: Lorenzo Homar, Rafael Tufiño, Antonio Maldonado, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Eduardo Vera Cortés, Rafael Delgado Castro, and José Meléndez Contreras. Their graphic works made silkscreen technique the most popular one in Puerto Rico The exhibition comprised a selection of works from the private collection of Drs. Thomas F. Anderson and Marisel C. Moreno.

Exhibition:  Art in Service of the People: Puerto Rico’s DIVEDCO Poster Art On view to November 10, 2016 through January 12, 2017 at The Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture - Soiland Humanities Center at California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

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