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Legacy of Cuban Poster Art - Fri., Dec. 5, 10-11:30am Science Library Rm240

Legacy of Cuban Poster Art - Fri., Dec. 5, 10-11:30am Science Library Rm240

Legacy of Cuban Poster Art - Fri., Dec. 5, 10-11:30am Science Library Rm240

December 5th ~~ Lincoln Cushing, Electronic Outreach Librarian, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.

Title: The Legacy of Cuban Poster Art: The Graphic Explosion that Rocked the World. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/~lcushing/Home.html

The event is co-sponsored by the UCR Libraries and Latin American Studies Program
Refreshments will be served.  This talk is free and open to the public. 

Book Cover: Revolución! Cuban Poster Art Mr. Cushing will speak on the Legacy of Cuban Poster Art: The Graphic Explosion that Rocked the World on Friday, December 5th, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., in the Science Library, Room 240.  He has recently published a beautifully illustrated book called "Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art," (Chronicle Books, 2003), which UCR Libraries owns (NC1807.C8C87 2003 Rivera Secured Collection).  The images of the poster art are breathtaking and Lincoln has been instrumental in preserving and digitizing many of them.

Lincoln Cushing is the Electronic Outreach Librarian at the Institute of  Industrial Relations at UC Berkeley.  Born 1953, Havana, Cuba.  "Inspired by the prints of Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986), Cushing learned to silkscreen from Washington, D.C. artists Lou Stovall and Lloyd McNeil at the Corcoran workshop in 1969. He later moved to San Diego where he took up the squeegee in earnest to produce cultural and political posters for the feminist, anti-war, and anti-imperialist community there. In 1982 he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to work with Inkworks Press, a community-based, worker-owned union print shop. He was a member of the Graphic Communications International Union from 1982-2000 and is currently a librarian at U.C. Berkeley, represented by the American Federation of Teachers. He is the author of "Revolución! Cuban Poster Art" by Chronicle Books (2003).

This slide presentation consists of three linked parts. The first part covers a selection of Cuban posters, including research and scholarship describing the posters, their artists, and their publishers. The second part identifies and analyzes the "local connection"  the extent to which artists and political activists in the San Francisco Bay Area played a significant role in establishing dynamic solidarity links that deepened and enhanced the creative impact of both communities. This will include examples of works by Enrique Chagoya, Emory Douglas, Juan Fuentes, Rupert Garcia, Nancy Hom, Malaquias Montoya, Jane Norling, and Jos Sances and is accompanied by artist’s statements on the subject. The third part is of the presentation extends the analysis of this cross-fertilization dynamic.  Through images and narrative, I explain some of the mechanisms by which visual ideas fire up, get produced, and then get recycled back into that great collective hopper amusingly known as "original ideas." Creative appropriation is the lingua franca of activists, and there is no shame in artful reinterpretation of powerful imagery.

As a librarian and archivist I conclude with a plea to insert the values of cataloging and documentation into this process. Artists must know the roots of their own imagery. Too little serious scholarly attention has been paid to recording our art  agitational, oppositional, movement, whatever label it may have. I conclude the presentation with a summary of some of the tools available for digitizing, cataloging, and sharing visual resources.

Lincoln Cushing
Electronic Outreach Librarian, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley; Institute for Labor and Employment; 2521 Channing Way #5555 Berkeley, CA  94720; 510-642-1056; http://www.iir.berkeley.edu/library/

For more information please contact:
Rhonda L. Neugebauer
Interim Head, Collection Development Division
Bibliographer, Latin American Studies
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Publisher: E-Resources for Latin American Studies http://home.earthlink.net/~rhondaneu/eresources/eresources1.html
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