Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Metropolitan State University announces new art exhibit

Saint Paul, Minn.—Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery is pleased to present Ten Years of Hispanic Posters by Luis Fitch of UNO Branding.
The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 4–7 p.m. and continues through Nov. 5. The reception will include a traditional Latin American musical performance (vocals and guitar) by Aldo Ramos between 5 and 6 p.m.
Gallery hours are Mondays–Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Fridays–Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.
Ten Years of Hispanic Posters by Luis Fitch of UNO Branding was curated by local artist and cultural activist Douglas Padilla. Regarding the exhibition, Padilla, has said, “Fitch’s posters speak to both Latinos and Anglos, to young and old, to hip and square, to rural and urban. His work references and modernizes Mexican cultural history even as it communicates contemporary Minnesotan Latino community life. His art bridges the distance between the overtly commercial and the quietly nostalgic. And when Fitch strikes out in a political direction, he creates work that is both ironic and refreshingly humorous.”
As part of Los Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations on campus, Fitch will present a lunch-time slide presentation regarding his work and the cultural significance of the posters. The talk will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in a room adjacent to the gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable education programs for adults seeking baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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