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Printing Solidarity:
Tricontinental Graphics from Cuba

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December 2021-February 2022

Printing Solidarity: Tricontinental Graphics from Cuba is an exhibition of global printed matter published in the 1960s-80s by the Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL), a cultural organization of artists and designers founded in 1966 in Havana. Presenting over 100 archival posters and magazines with strikingly colorful and geometric designs, Printing Solidarity offers a glimpse into the revolutionary aesthetics and agenda of this print collective.

The OSPAAAL came out of an intercontinental exchange within the global context of decolonization and the Cold War, when the nation-states that recently gained independence across the globe sent their representatives to Havana to discuss the anti-imperialist agendas and aesthetics of what they at the time called Third Worldism or Non-Aligned Movement. The colorful geometric designs of the printed matter defined the aesthetics of Tricontinental , a bi-monthly bulletin that contained news from across the world in multiple languages. Cuban artists, as famous as Alfrédo Rostgaard, Raúl Martínez, and Gladys Acosta Ávila, designed a series of posters that were distributed for free as magazine inserts. Often featuring a compelling synthesis of graphics and texts, these posters evince the dynamic experiments in revolutionary aesthetics and the challenges of representing global solidarity across national borders.

Printing Solidarity is organized by Stony Brook University Art History graduate students under the guidance of Assistant Professor Sohl Lee and in partnership with the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery. The exhibited posters and magazines are on loan from the Interference Archive in Brooklyn. The exhibition and programs are supported by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB), Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), and the Department of Art. The Zuccaire Gallery's 2021-2022 exhibition season is supported by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of Staller Center.

Zoom Lecture: Public Engagement & the Social Impact of Culture and Art

Thursday, Sept. 30, 3pm on Zoom

Zoom Lecture by Solana
  Chehtman  , Director of Civic Programs at The Shed in NYC. Moderator: Sohl Lee, Art Department. Sponsored by the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook, Zuccaire Gallery and the Art Department. 
Zoom registration required.   Please click here to register.

Zoom Lecture: Cuban Poster Art and the Spirit of Revolution

Friday, October 22, 3pm

Zoom Lecture by Lincoln Cushing, artist, archivist and author.  Moderated by Eric Zolov, History Department. Sponsored by Humanities Institute of Stony Brook, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Zuccaire Gallery.    
Zoom registration required.  Registration details TBA.

Opening Night: Printing Solidarity: Transcontinental Graphics from Cuba

Thursday, December 1, 5-7pm
Reception with lecture by graphic designer Scott Starrett.

Additional programs to be announced. Please check back for details.

Untitled (Laotian Buddha), 1969, Rafael Zarza, offset, 53 x 33"
Untitled (Divided Korea), 1980, Alberto Blanco, silkscreen, 72 x 49"
Untitled (Che), 1969, Alfrédo Rostgaard, offset, 66 x 39.5"
Untitled (Lumumba as Africa), 1972, Alfrédo Rostgaard, offset, 53 x 33"