After exploring body movement for 80 years (ballet, flamenco, mime and modern dance), a leading Puerto Rican theater figure thought it fitâ€"as her swan songâ€"to collect her memorabilia in a publication, including artwork, set and costume designs, photos (portraits, live action), original programs, posters and press clippings. Widely admired, Gilda Navarra was a muse to many artists in America and Europe, as evidenced by myriad texts and images.
Music played an important role in Ms. Navarraâ€™s signature pieces, usually developed for silent characters. The book was thus conceived as a musical piece itself. Its design is based on an ever present pentagram, often evident, at times suggested or just implied. Because music provides graphic representations of silenceâ€"lacking in conventional languageâ€"these symbols become metaphors for different â€œtimesâ€ in the artistâ€™s ever changing, transcendental oeuvre.
January 27, 2010
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