Happy Together / Felices Juntos

Happy Together / Felices Juntos, a Havana-Seattle poster project
Opening event: April 1, 2017, 6 – 10pm
Exhibit dates: March 6 – May 24th, 2 – 6pm Tue – Fri, 12 – 5pm Sat
The Ver(a)rt Gallery at The Vera Project
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Happy Together or “Felices Juntos” is a joint Havana-Seattle poster exchange project celebrating the dramatic improvement in Cuba-U.S. relations. First exhibited during the 12th Havana Art Bienal in Cuba, designers and illustrators from each city created silkscreen posters featuring a beloved cartoon character from each other’s culture. Cuban interpretations of Bugs Bunny and Fred Flintstone hang alongside Seattle versions of La Criollita and Capitán Plin (don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of them!). Organized by Cuban graphic designer Darwin Fornés Báez and curator Yenela Miranda along with U.S. designer Daniel R. Smith, the exhibit features the work of 26 artists, all printed in Havana, including Vannessa Blea, Eroyn Franklin, Jeff & Frances Kleinsmith, Giselle Monzón, Fabián Muñoz, Idania del Río and many more.

Cuban organizer Darwin Fornés Báez will attend the opening and a short documentary produced in Cuba about the exhibit entitled “Happy Together” will have its US premiere.

Cuban designers:
Darwin Fornés
Laura Llópiz
Pepe Menéndez
Michele Miyares
Giselle Monzón
Fabián Muñoz
Nelson Ponce
Robertiko Ramos
Idania del Río
Alejandro Rodríguez
Edel Rodríguez (Mola)
Eric Silva
Raúl Valdés (Raupa)

Seattle designers:
Sasha Barr
Vannessa Blea
Eroyn Franklin
David Gallo
Kelsey Gallo
Jeff Kleinsmith & Frances Kleinsmith
Jesse LeDoux
Victor Melendez
Robynne Raye
Carlos Ruiz
Darin Shuler
Derek Vander Griend
Chelsea Wirtz