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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Edel Rodriguez

On Freedom and Risk

November 21, 2019

Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who is inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, mortality, and cultural displacement. Socialist propaganda and western advertising, island culture and contemporary city life are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker. He has created over a hundred newspaper and magazine covers for clients such as TIME, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Nation, Businessweek, The New Republic, and The Village Voice. He has created dozens of book covers for clients such as Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House. Rodriguez has also created several stamps for the US Postal Service and has illustrated poster and advertising campaigns for many operas, films, and Broadway shows. Rodriguez’s artwork has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., as well as in numerous private collections. His work has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club and the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Supported by AIGA Detroit and the Institute for the Humanities.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.