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Printing Solidarity:
Tricontinental Graphics from Cuba

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December 1, 2021 - March 3, 2022

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Exhibition Brochure

Upcoming Events: 

Lecture: Interference Archive: Origins and Activation, on Zoom
Thursday February 10th 2:30-4:00 
Guest speakers Josh MacPhee and Jen Hoyer will present on the politics of building and activating archives. Followed by Q&A. Relevant readings to be distributed in advance.    Check back for zoom link. 

Lecture: Visual Citations and Techniques in Tricontinental Graphics
Date and Time TBD
In-person presentations from Art Department faculty members Barbara Frank (on African visual citations in OSPAAAL), Sohl Lee (on Korean visual citations in OSPAAAL) and Lorena Salcedo-Watson (on printing techniques utilized in OSPAAAL). Followed by Q+A. 

Panel Discussion: Stony Brook and the Global Sixties
Wednesday February 23rd , 4-7pm 
A panel on the history of the global sixties by Stony Brook faculty and graduate students, followed by a roundtable discussion on social justice-oriented activism on the Stony Brook Campus in the 1960s-70s amongst faculty with the most institutional memory. Q + A to follow


Printing Solidarity: Tricontinental Graphics from Cuba is an exhibition of global printed matter published in the 1960s-70s 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 50 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 curated by Stony Brook University Art History PhD students Elise Armani, Amy Kahng, Daniel Menzo, and Sarah Myers, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Sohl Lee. The exhibition is produced by the Zuccaire Gallery in collaboration with the Interference Archive, a volunteer-based non-for-profit organization in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition and programs are supported by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB), Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), the Center for Korean Studies (CKS), the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), 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.


Curated Playlist for Printing Solidarity: Tricontinental Graphics from Cuba

Listen along to a music playlist accompanying the exhibition, curated by Giovanni Bello and Matías Hermosilla, PhD Candidates in the Department of History. Link:

Guest Lecture by graphic designer Scott Starrett
Panel discussion with the curators
Past Programs:
Opening Events at the Zuccaire Gallery:
Wednesday, December 1
Guest Lecture by graphic designer Scott Starrett. Video Recording
Panel discussion with the curators. Video Recording
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.    
Lecture: Public Engagement & the Social Impact of Culture and Art 
Thursday, Sept. 30, 3pm
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. 

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 12-4pm during the semester. Please email to schedule an appointment during Winter Break.


Day of Solidarity with the Congo, February 13, 1972, Alfrédo Rostgaard 

Guatemala , Olivio Martínez, 1968

Untitled (Che), 1969, Alfrédo Rostgaard, offset, 66 x 39.5"