Chilean Art in the North Country
In the spring of 1989, a group of Chilean artists known as the Orlando Letelier Mural Brigade was invited to take part in the Steinman Festival of the Arts at St. Lawrence University. After the Festival, the artists left St. Lawrence with two incredibly powerful murals that are now displayed in the Owen D. Young Library.
The first mural (above - bottom) was painted by the members of the Brigade and shipped to St. Lawrence prior to the Steinman Festival. Its central theme is “ No theory of people and society be currently serving the needs of both humankind and the planet.” There is an emphasis on the interaction between people and the environment, specifically in the historical and political context of 1980s Latin America.
The second mural (above - top) was designed by the Brigade based on themes that were important to the North Country community. Then, during the Festival, members of the community were invited to come to St. Lawrence and participate in the actual painting of the Brigade's design. The central theme highlighted in this mural is the "common thread" between Latin American communities and the North Country.
Each of the digital narratives linked below explores these murals from a slightly different perspective, including archival research, interviews with individuals who were involved with the project, and visual analysis of the themes presented in the two murals.
This digital narrative explores the history of the murals, including background on the Orlando Letelier Mural Brigade, the Steinman Festival of the Arts, and the actual creation of the murals. It is built primarily on archival research conducted at St. Lawrence University.