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Graphic Intervention AIDS Poster Exhibition at the Art Directors Club in NYC

AIDS poster, Keith Haring

Gallery owner Jim Lapides has amassed one of the largest collections of AIDS posters in the world — more than 3,000 designs from nearly 100 countries.  His collection is currently showcased in Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010, a first-of-its-kind exhibition of arresting and fearless international public health announcement posters.

This exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the diverse visual strategies employed to educate the public on the AIDS epidemic. The messages in Graphic Intervention champion issues such as disease research and eradication, world health, international relations, sexual education, and discrimination.

AIDS poster, CondomanAIDS poster, Silence Equals Death

With over 3,000 posters to choose from, curators Elizabeth Resnick and Javier Cortes narrowed down the wealth of visual depictions to 153 examples from 44 countries. From Papua New Guinea to Denmark, Venezuela to Morocco, these posters demonstrate the remarkable diversity of visual solutions used to address a public health crisis.

The exhibit opened in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in September 2010, followed by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. in February 2011. It is now on display at the Art Directors Club in New York City through July 29th with sponsorship from the Kenneth Cole Foundation. Three additional venues are scheduled through 2012. A 96-page, full-color Catalog is available for purchase through mail order.

Vintage Posters on Display at MoMA

vintage posters, MoMA

One of the beauties of the redesigned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) building that opened 6 years ago is the expanded Architecture and Design wing on the 2nd floor, which now makes it possible to see some of the treasures that used to sit in storage almost all the time. Posters and furniture dominate the wing, and I try to visit every time I’m in New York. Selections from the permanent collection are included and rotated slowly, with mini-exhibitions changing more frequently. Currently there is a fine mini-selection of rare London Underground posters from the likes of McKnight Kauffer and Moholy Nagy.

vintage posters, MoMA

By the way, one of our favorite books is The Modern Poster by Stuart Wrede, the catalog created for MoMA’s blockbuster 1988 exhibition on the finest examples of poster design from its birth in the late 19th century to the 1980s. Here’s a link on Amazon—it is available in paperback and hardcover at a modest price.

vintage posters, MoMA

vintage posters, MoMA

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