Truck and bus drivers in many parts of Latin America take great delight in inscribing dichos, a saying, proverb, or amusing expression, on the bumpers and other surfaces of their vehicles as a way of conveying their personal feelings and worldviews to a broad audience. Dichos, hand painted by amateurs or professionals in an endless variety of graphic styles and colors, address subjects ranging from religion and love, to puns and earthy humor. The lively quality of the lettering and bright colors, combined with the messages themselves, present a wonderful form of folk art. Unfortunately, with the emergence of corporate trucking, this vibrant tradition is gradually disappearing. At 6:30 p.m. on June 4, historian Olga Olivares will discuss the exhibit.
May 16-June 16, 2009