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Online Lecture

New York in the ’70s: An Exploration of Salsa through Type and Lettering

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During this Letterform Lecture, take a journey through the Caribbean cultural explosion in the Big Apple during the rise of salsa music.

This lecture will take a multi-pronged journey through the salsa music scene in New York in the ’70s by first digging into the work of Izzy Sanabria, a Nuyorican graphic designer, performer, and publisher. Next, we will be exploring the research, development, and designs around the globe that feature Salsa BT, a typeface inspired by the iconic logo of Fania Records, a New York-based record label founded in the '60s that is known for its promotion of salsa music.

Letterform Lectures are a public aspect of the Type West postgraduate program. The series is co-presented by the San Francisco Public Library, where events are free and open to all.