mu jose bustosJosé Bustos, mural artist from Chile and founder of the Open Air Museum, to Speak at Monmouth University on December 9

Bustos and students will paint a mural on campus, December 1 to 2.

 

What:            José Bustos, mural artist from Santiago, Chile, and founder of the Open Air Museum, will speak at Monmouth University on December 9. In addition, Bustos and students will paint a mural on campus, December 1 and  2.

Topic:            Murals for human rights and memory

When:            Lecture will be held on December 9 at 5 p.m.  (Mural painting will be held in McAllen Hall, 3nd floor, December 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)​

Where:           Monmouth University's Wilson Hall, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, N.J.

Cost:              Lecture is free and open to the public.

José Bustos, mural artist from Santiago, Chile, will visit Monmouth University, December 1 to 9. During his visit, Bustos will be a guest lecturer in art and social work classes and paint a mural with students to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Monmouth University’s social work program.  The mural painting will be held in McAllen Hall on December 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On December 9 at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bustos will give a lecture titled, “Murals for human rights and memory.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bustos is the founder of the Museo a Cielo Abierto (MACA) en La Pincoya (Open Air Museum of La Pincoya). As a child, he watched as murals were painted in his shantytown of La Pincoya throughout the repressive atmosphere during the military regime in the 1980s. The murals served to publicly denounce the massive human rights abuses that were taking place at the time. They also helped create resistance to the dictatorship by educating people about what was going on and ways they could be part of the opposition.