Latin American Culture Week is coming to NYC this fall, and two members of the SVA community are adding to the Latin flavors. Alumnus Raul Manzano (BFA 1997 Illustration) is presenting the exhibition “Icon or Myth” at Empire State College’s Metro Gallery, 325 Hudson Street, October 20 – December 20 (by appointment). The show features Manzano’s oil paintings of the Statue of Liberty that range from the festive (the statue sporting a red-and-white Santa hat for the holidays) to the politically pointed (Lady Liberty blindfolded with the American Flag or wearing a protective gas mask). Taken together, the works re-cast the iconic image as a questionable symbol of freedom and democracy in modern times.
And a new book, Latin American Graphic Design (Taschen, 2008), includes alumnus Esteban Salgado (BFA 2004 Graphic Design) among profiles of almost 200 designers and design offices that are key contributors to contemporary Latin design identity. Edited by designers Felipe Taborda (who has worked with SVA’s Acting Chairman Milton Glaser) and Julius Wiedmann, the book collects work and biographical information the reaches back to the early 1900s and forward to today’s leading designers.