Politics By DesignJanuary 2, 2009
Tonight is the opening reception for Politics By Design: The Art of Inspiration at the Dissident Display Gallery in Washington, DC. A poster I designed based on my “New Game” piece will be on display with 30+ other fantastic designs culled from the Design for Obama website. The show will be up from January 2nd–25th, and there will be some other really cool lectures and presentations during that period.
Politics By Design: The Art Of Inspiration, January 2nd – 25 2009
This poster exhibition reflects on America’s 2008 Presidential Election in anticipation of a historic inauguration. The graphically designed posters have been gathered electronically, and aptly examine the impact of technology – specifically that of the Internet and its affect on the election. Graphic designers and illustrators from all across America submitted various designs. What emerges from the compilation of these selected works is a new genre within the Obama iconographic machine, one with such striking dynamism it could only be achieved through technology. Politics By Design seeks to present these works of inspiration
in a gallery context with the hopes of conjuring new dialogue in a new era.
Four Perspectives: Washington’s Election Night Celebration – Caught on Camera
Amidst the flurry of celebration, per the announcement of Barack Obama’s victory as America’s 44th President, some amazing and heartfelt moments were captured as enduring still images. We invited four local photographers to present images from their experience on the night of November 4, 2008. Areas of activity such as, Adams Morgan, U Street. NW and the White House (16th Street, NW) were captured as a rainy and joyous celebration of all races and ages alike. The ramifications of the newly elected president are just beginning to sink in to the consciousness of Washington’s residents. Images by Steven Cummings, Maria Izaurralde, Violetta Manavis and Jati Lindsay give us the viewer a small glimpse into what that night truly meant! This presentation will be in conjunction with the poster art exhibition.
Dissident Display Gallery
416 H Street NE. Washington, DC
All events are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted!
Jan 2, 2009 (Friday)
Exhibition Opening Reception 7pm-10pm
Jan 13-14 (Tues-Wed)
Lecture Series (2 parts) 7-9pm
13th- Constructing The Iconic Image, Politics and Popular Media
This lecture/presentation will focus on a history of the iconic image, from Mao, Che, Martin Luther King to Barack Obama, and how it is used in the arena of politics and popular culture. (Presenters: Ashley Etienne – Political Strategist & Spokesperson, Obama For VA, and Adrian Loving – Professor of Graphic Design, Marymount University)
14th- Art, Technology and the Dissemination of Propaganda
This lecture/presentation will focus on how the creativity and ideas presented in the medium of poster art make the translation through the mass medium of internet technology, thereby becoming the ultimate visual tool for communicating concepts and propaganda.
(Presenters: Billy Colbert – Printmaking Artist / Professor of Art, American University and Ayo Okunseinde, Co-Founder, Technology Officer, Dissident Display)
Jan 25, 2009 (Sunday)
Exhibition Closing Brunch 11am-3pm