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Cuban Ephemera: Exploring Aesthetics of Cuban Design

Feb 19 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

PNCA’s Communication Design Department and AIGA present a free public lecture in conjunction with the exhibition, Cuban Ephemera: Exploring Aesthetics of Cuban Design. The exhibition is organized by Sam Hopple, Martha Lewis and Beverly Walton.

For this lecture, Cuban designers Michele Hollands and Idania del Rio talk about their work, culture, and country. The aim is to encourage a greater understanding of both the Cuban-American as well as the Cubano creative community. How do art and design play a role in our current political acrimony?

Hollands and del Rio create posters to promote Cuban local events, films, exhibitions, and live music. Their work addresses the state, politics, and ideologies of Cuba, all while displaying a rich palette of vibrancy. Join us for a discussion with our guest designers about their creative process, inspiration and how they continue to pave the way for entrepreneurs in Cuba.

The United States and Cuba have a complicated history. With Trump now in office, the diplomatic relations and so-called embargo with Cuba remain ambiguous. However, the perceptions of cultural communities and their ongoing battle to be seen, still exist.

Though Obama re-established diplomatic ties with Cuba,”el bloque” or blockade, remains in effect. Its lasting consequences of isolation have created flawed perspectives of the Cuban community. These biases remain deep seeded in our sociopolitical climate — a concoction of mistrust and mystery.