A unique exhibit of contemporary Cuban poster art by one of its leading exponents, Rolando Pulido, who has selflessly dedicated his talent to support the burgeoning civic resistance movement on the Island. Although within the stylistic continuum of the anti-capitalist poster art that emerged during the first decade of the Cuban revolution—including Alberto Korda’s universally recognized image of Che Guevara—post-revolution poster art, such as Pulido’s, has met a drastically divergent course. The former, as Susan Sontag would point out in her incisive 1970 introduction to “The Art of Revolution,” became a commodity itself. Pulido’s posters, on the other hand, are as technically brilliant and as focused on communication as the best representatives of the genre, yet cannot be defined as coveted consumer art. The distinguished journalist David Rieff will place Pulido’s posters in historical context, addressing the extent to which current cultural trends and renewed political awareness might begin to blot out their marginality.
Award-winning visual artist Rolando Pulido was born and raised in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and has resided in New York City since 1980. His work has appeared in galleries throughout New York City, including the Chung-Cheng Art Gallery, the AQA Gallery, the Salmagundi Art Club, the Colombian Mission to the U.N., the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC and the Lever House. As a graphic designer, he has an extensive collection of poster art dedicated to promoting freedom and democracy in Cuba. His work has appeared on numerous websites and blogs dedicated to the Cuban cause, among them, Diario de Cuba, Cubaencuentro, Penúltimos Días, Martinoticias, Generación Y, Boring Home Utopics, Lunes de Post Revolución, SinEvación, MCL Oswaldo Payá, FLAMUR Cuba, CIHPress, Liga Cubana Contra el SIDA and Estado de Sats. Facebook is Rolando’s chosen platform to expose his artwork as a tool of perseverance to advance, alongside his fellow Cubans throughout the globe, toward a positive and definitive democratic outcome for the Island.
David Rieff is a New York-based journalist and author. During the 1990′s, he covered conflicts in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Liberia), the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), and Central Asia. He has written extensively about Iraq, and, more recently, about Latin America. He is the author of eight books, including The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami, Slaughterhouse: Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West and A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. He has published numerous articles in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El Pais, The New Republic, World Affairs, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, and other publications. Based in New York City, Rieff is currently working on a book about the global food crisis.
There will be a cocktail reception.
M. Castedo Gallery
29 West 36th Street, NYC
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