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Juan Sin Seso ["Brainless John"] [screen print poster]

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Artist:
Contreras, Jose Melendez
Sponsor:
Puerto Rico. Division of Community Education Department of Education
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 63.5 x 52.7 cm
Type:
Film posters
Posters
Screen prints
Place:
Puerto Rico
Date:
1972
20th century
Summary:
This poster advertising the film "Juan Sin Seso" ("Brainless John"), has a minimalist design, relying on text to form the illustration. The image presents a profile of a man's head with a hollow space instead of a brain, crammed with the words "propaganda" and "si" ("yes"). Ironically, the film utilizes elements of propaganda to argue against it. This film was shown in 1960 in Melbourne, Venice, and Edinburgh Film Festivals. (Based on exhibition text by Marvette Perez.)
Publications:
Reproduced in "Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution 2010" (Smithsonian Calendar), opp. page for May 23-29
Used April 27, 2010, on the Smithsonian Photographic Initiative web site, "click! photography changes everything" (http://click.si.edu) to accompany contributor Jeremy Wolfe's (a professor at Harvard School of Medicine who investigates visual attention) story, which reflects on how photography changes what and how much we remember
Cite as:
Puerto Rico Division of Education Poster Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Propaganda
Motion pictures
Politics
Local number:
AC0615-0000013.tif (AC Scan)
1997.3100.26 (Museum Cat. No.)
See more items in:
Puerto Rico Division of Education (DIVEDCO) Poster Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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