#Throwback Thursday: Rohrbach Library hosts ASARO Artwork

by Sarah Berry

Back in October 2007, the library displayed the artwork of ASARO, the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca. The group used artwork as a way to respond to the political turmoil in Mexico.

Continue reading for more information on the organization.

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ASARO, the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca, is a collective of young Mexican artists responding to Oaxaca’s current political turmoil. ASARO’s remarkable woodblock prints are part of Mexico’s long tradition of popular revolutionary art. The artists sell woodblock prints for 100 pesos, roughly $10, in Oaxaca’s public square. ASARO’s real passion, however, is the work they give away. Overnight they cut paper stencils of an arrested comrade, the next morning her portrait is sprayed all over the walls of the historic city center. They print 3ft. tall woodblock prints of goose-stepping police monsters on tissue paper. By dawn a chorus line of these mutant police is pasted on the cathedral’s wall. Seldom seen in the United States, a selection of ASARO’s best artwork will be displayed at Kutztown University’s Rohrbach Library this fall.

Celebrate with us at an opening reception on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 4:30 PM. Prof…

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