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  • ICAA Record ID
    802519
    AUTHOR
    Álvarez, Arlene
    TITLE
    The power of images / Arlene Álvarez
    IN
    Puerto Rican Graphic Arts: From the Island to El Barrio/Spanish Harlem, 1949-1985. -- New Brunswick, New Jersey: The Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1998.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7 - 8 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Álvarez, Arlene. “The Power of Images.” In Puerto Rican Graphic Arts: From the Island to El Barrio/Spanish Harlem, 1949-1985, 7-8. Exh. cat., New Brunswick, NJ: The Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1998.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Arlene Alvarez claims that the visual arts had a strong impact on rural Puerto Rican communities during the 1940s and 1950s. She notes that artists and social workers traveled to rural areas to introduce farmers to modern modes of health care, sanitation, food preparation, and community organization. Because many rural people were barely literate, posters and films were important to the education process. Alvarez draws attention to the close collaborations between artists and filmmakers to produce images that were understandable to Puerto Rican audiences. She discusses graphic arts as related to two films: La Buena Herencia (1955) and La Plena (1957).

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Location
Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, New York