Defending Democracy, Part 3: Iconic illustrator to talk about Art and Change, Oct. 25

On Oct. 25, 2018, at the Center for Spiritual Living , NJ 11th for Change presents a conversation about art as protest and parody with Cuban American artist Edel Rodriguez. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
On Oct. 25, 2018, NJ 11th for Change presents a conversation about art as protest and parody with Cuban American artist Edel Rodriguez. Admission is free, but reservations are required.


The Defending Democracy series has examined America’s intelligence community and President Trump’s assault on the free press.

Art as an Agent of Change is the final topic, featuring Cuban American illustrator Edel Rodriguez, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Rodriguez has created iconic cover images of Trump for Time and Der Spiegel magazines. 

The 7 pm talk is presented by NJ 11th for Change, at the Center for Spiritual Living in Harding. Admission is free but tickets are required. Here is more.

From NJ 11th for Change:

Defending Democracy Part 3: Art as an Agent of Change


Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
7 pm – 9 pm


Center for Spiritual Living
331 Mount Kemble Ave.
Harding, NJ

Link to register and more information:

NJ 11th for Change presents a conversation about how artists throughout history have used art as protest and as parody with Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban American artist and creator of iconic images of Donald Trump on the covers of Time and Der Spiegel.

Moderated by Peabody Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein. Admission is FREE, but seating is limited so reservations are required.


Art makes us laugh. Art makes us cry. Art makes us think.

In sum, art moves us – to tears, to action, to places we never knew existed inside ourselves.

Throughout history, especially in times when democracies are strained, artists have created work as protest and as parody, speaking truth to power in a way that transcends words. At the same time, because of art’s intense emotional power, it can be seen as a threat by those who wish to stifle expression and action – so we often see attacks on the arts during times of social tension.

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist whose iconic and graphic images of Donald Trump stare out at us from the magazine covers of Time and Der Speigel, conveying so much about our current political situation without a single word.

In Part III of our Defending Democracy speaker series, Edel will talk to Peabody Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein about how artists from Goya in the 19th century, to Picasso in the 20th and Banksy in the 21st, have addressed despotism and threats to democracy – as well as his own recent graphic images of Trump.

Edel Rodriguez, born in Havana, Cuba in 1971, has exhibited internationally with shows in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Havana, Los angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Spain. In 1980, he and his family made their way to the U.S. during the Mariel boatlift.

He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and the New Yorker magazine, and has created over a hundred newspaper and magazine covers for outlets such as TIME Magazine, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The nation, Businessweek, The New Republic, and the Village Voice.

Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, Edel’s bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, morality, and cultural displacement.

Edel’s artwork can be found at a variety of institutions including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and numerous private collections. His work has received awards from the Art Director’s Club and the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, TED speaker, and author of Spark: How Creativity Works. Julie is the creator of WNYC’s Studio 360, and has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative artists, scientists and business professionals – creating live events and public radio programs about them and their work.

NJ 11th for Change is a 501(c)(4) unaffiliated organization dedicated to advocating for all people of New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. We foster an engaged and informed community with the power to shape our political representation so that it is transparent, responsive and accountable—and so that it reflects the values of fairness, compassion, inclusivity and a decent quality of life.

Defending Democracy  — Part 1 focused on our nation’s intelligence agencies. Part II examined the importance of a free press. To learn more, visit or follow NJ 11th for Change on Facebook at

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