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Enjoy monthly art exhibits
in the Coletti Reading Room on the first floor of the Main Library, plus permanent and periodic displays of documents, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera in the display cases at the Main Library.
Most Recent Exhibit
Cuban Political Posters , from the collection of Stephen Lewis, was on exhibit throughout February.
Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. Posters are sometimes used as billboards and are pasted on walls, fences, and poles all over a city. Unions sometimes hang posters in work places to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire actions. Posters sometimes use mainly the written word to communicate a message. Other times they rely on creative art to communicate the idea. It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum. It is a communication tool that is less frequently used by unions in the United States.
In 1959, the Cuban people staged a revolution against the dictator Batista. The revolution had the broad support of most of the peasants and workers of Cuba. Once the revolutionaries had consolidated power, they set about to make profound changes in Cuban society. Art and culture were areas included in these changes. Many Cuban artists used the medium of poster art to create powerful images that reflected the change that was occurring in Cuban society. As some years passed, an economic blockade imposed against Cuba by the government of the United States made it expensive and difficult to obtain many things, including art supplies. In spite of this, the artists of Cuba survived and their art flourished.
(Located on the top floor of the Main Library)
F. Wesley Fuller Geological Specimens Collection
Fuller, a Quincy native and granite man, accumulated this collection over a period of many years. It was presented to the library in 1954.
Claflin Mineral Collection
Charles A. Claflin traveled thousands of miles collecting his minerals and spent 25 years in the process. In his collection, he had in mind primarily beauty- beauty of color and beauty of crystallization.