Art, Lobby, UP Vargas Museum, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

Divination: Brenda Fajardo Retells History

Divination: Brenda Fajardo Retells History
10 December 2009 – 10 January 2010
Lobby and West Wing Galleries

The Art Studies Foundation together with the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum present the exhibit Divination: Brenda Fajardo Retells History which opens on December 10, 2009, Thursday, 10 AM at the Lobby and West Wing Galleries. Featuring the works of Brenda V. Fajardo in her own collection, the exhibit is part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Art Studies (DAS), formerly the Humanities.

Migranteng Manggagawa, 1999, Acrylic on canvas (PILIPINA Series)

Fajardo, an artist, curator, cultural worker, educator, and Professor Emerita of the Department, is well known for her early works in prints and the tarot card-inspired paintings. She started her career in the performing arts where she was initiated to dance, body movement, and theater production. At present she is active in the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). Line and movement stirred her fascination with the pictorial characteristics of prints. She trained under Manuel Rodriguez, Sr upon returning to the Philippines after studying abroad. Abstract lines juxtaposed with human figures typify her early prints like. In later years, she focused on her women and tarot card series to reference folk culture, local history, and the concerns of women within the social sphere. Fajardo is a pioneering woman artist in Philippine contemporary art and is highly regarded for her broad sympathies in the field of culture.

The exhibit will run until January 10, 2010. The Museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, please contact Susie Garcia at numbers 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), 928-1927 (direct line), 928-1925 (fax), (0927) 497-3528 (mobile) or send an e-mail to The Museum’s official website may be viewed at


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


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