Dr. Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of Latin American History:
“The exhibit will be something that will stay with these students long after all much of the content of the course is forgotten. This is all to say thanks so much for making such a difference in my course.”
MEMORIAS AT MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
Looking at the collection from the standpoint as a professor of design, painter, and former printmaker, my personal assessment of the collection as a whole is one of an extremely high caliber is is a top-level group of artists, designers, and photographers the abstraction and simplicity of form used amongst the lithographers were of particular note. Not only does the collection convey a universal understanding of pain and suffering, but the level of the individual artistry and the messaging contained in each piece is unerringly relevant— even to this day e fact that these pieces, created from 1973-1983, are still so powerful also speaks to the exceptionalness of this exhibit.
Karen Bright, Professor of Design, Monmouth University
All of us at the University were moved by this exhibit. We were particularly touched by the human story it communicated. Through the images of the exhibit we were able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people who experienced this political upheaval and the struggle for freedom against tyranny. As a generation passes and memory of a faraway struggle fades to some and is unknown to many more, it is all the more imperative that this exhibit be shown wherever possible. In a day and age where we are bombarded by the media and with information at our fingertips it is easy to become disengaged from important events in our past. History sometimes becomes only a few well-known monuments and often other events, no less important, are unknown to many.
Memorias brings the struggle for freedom back to the current day. For our students and faculty, the exhibit and the interpretative lectures from you and Gustavo bring critical topics back to the forefront. Through the example of your personal story patriotism, activism and civil engagement, the Monmouth University and the surrounding community were able to see human qualities that strike a chord in all of us, one that reverberates with the values that we share when thinking about our own society of the present. I strongly encourage any other organizations or institutions to whom you apply for continuing support of this worthy project to approve your request. All perspectives benefit from this exhibit: history, art, political science, and the humanities. Through the window of Memorias we are able to see both the best and worst of human existence and how we must never forget the price for freedom.
Kurt W. Wagner
University Librarian – Guggenheim Memorial Library, Monmouth University
I was glad my students were able to meet Gustavo, a witness of the coup against Salvador Allende who had been jailed and deported for his support of democracy in Chile, and the both of you, who used the theater as a venue to speak for fundamental human rights in defiance of the Cold War´s dismal logic. It put a human face on a history that must sometimes feel to them (students) like an abstract game of strategy.
Associate Professor of History, Monmouth University
Wendy Loihle: Powerful and moving exhibit
Lauren Gomez: Within every work of art there is a powerful voice inviting.