From February 2 to 26 Cuban Political Posters from the collection of Stephen Lewis will be on display in the Coletti reading room.
Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. Posters are sometimes used as billboards and are pasted on walls, fences, and poles all over a city. Unions sometimes hang posters in work places to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire actions. Posters sometimes use mainly the written word to communicate a message. Other times they rely on creative art to communicate the idea. It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum. It is a communication tool that is less frequently used by unions in the United States.
In 1959, the Cuban people staged a revolution against the dictator Batista. The revolution had the broad support of most of the peasants and workers of Cuba. Once the revolutionaries had consolidated power, they set about to make profound changes in Cuban society. Art and culture were areas included in these changes. Many Cuban artists used the medium of poster art to create powerful images that reflected the change that was occurring in Cuban society. As some years passed, an economic blockade imposed against Cuba by the government of the United States made it expensive and difficult to obtain many things, including art supplies. In spite of this, the artists of Cuba survived and their art flourished.