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Art as Politics, Art as Revolution
Barbara Falletta

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Throughout history, art has served as a cultural mirror, glorifying accomplishments and also revealing weaknesses and failures. Art has become a "report card" of what is happening in our modern world with the hope that it can predict future performance, and perhaps, be an instrument of political and social change. The abuse of power in society worldwide has been the subject of paintings and sculptures for centuries and the artists who dared to reveal these injustices have often been persecuted and even killed. More recently, the graphic arts, including cartoon illustrations and posters, have allowed the multitudes to see their messages. Freedom of expression has enabled graffiti and street artists to engage people of every race, gender, and socio-economic class to use their numerous voices. This series will illuminate the works of some of these artists, who have dared to speak visually about what is happening in our frantic and sometimes frightening new world.

1. Barlach, Kollwitz, Picasso, Goya, and the Paintings of Leon Golub: The Abuse of Power in Modern Society as Reflected in Art
2. Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros: Revolution and the Political Mural
3. The African American Experience: Art that Reveals the Struggle
4. The Political Cartoon, the Poster, and Street Art: Instruments of Propaganda and Social Change
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Barbara Falletta is an artist, art historian, educator, and author. Her art has been exhibited in juried and one-person exhibitions. Her academic writing has been published in several journals, and her creative writing may be found in many anthologies. She continues to produce art, judge exhibitions, and lecture in art museums and other venues. Dr. Falletta is a member of several professional organizations including the National Society of Arts and Letters where she has served as co-chairperson of the Florida East Coast Chapter scholarship committee.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27; April 3
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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