DESIGN FOR FLUIDITY AND AMPLITUDE Puerto Rico’s Art Museum’s ActivArte
Gilda Navarra: Detrás del Silencio
MUSICAL NOTATION GUIDES DESIGN
After exploring body movement for 80 years (ballet, flamenco, mime and modern dance), a leading Puerto Rican theater figure thought it fit—as her swan song—to collect her memorabilia in a publication, including artwork, set and costume designs, photos (portraits, live action), original programs, posters and press clippings. Widely admired, Gilda Navarra was a muse to many artists in America and Europe, as evidenced by myriad texts and images.
Music played an important role in Gilda’s signature pieces, usually developed for silent characters. The book was thus conceived as a musical piece itself. Its design is based on an everpresent pentagram, often clear, at times suggested or just implied. Because music provides graphic representations of silence—lacking in conventional language—these symbols become metaphors for different “times” in the artist’s everchanging, transcendental oeuvre.