International Poster 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. The collection is currently featured 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.
With over 3,000 posters to choose from, curators 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.
A striking example is the American poster I have AIDS, Please Hug Me, evocative of a Dick and Jane drawing, which targeted the ignorance and fear aroused in 1985 when Ryan White, a hemophiliac with AIDS, was turned away from school. Another is the 1994 Australian design Condoman, directed at a young Aboriginal audience and intended to lessen embarrassment about condom use.
Graphic Intervention was curated by Elizabeth Resnick, Professor and Chair of Graphic Design at MassArt, and Javier Cortez, Partner and Creative Director at Korn Design, Boston. Resnick previously co-curated the exhibition The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice & The Environment 1965-2005, which traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad from 2005-2010.
A 96-page full color catalog will be available for sale at exhibit events and on the website: www.graphicintervention.org
Thursday, October 7, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Stephen D. Paine Gallery located in South Hall
Visualizing Solutions: Designers and the HIV/AIDS Crisis
Thursday, November 4, 6:30 PM
Panel discussion with Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Lanny Sommese, Joe Scorsone, Alice Drueding
Events are free and open to the public.
The exhibition is sponsored by International Poster Gallery, Korn Design, Sappi Paper, pixelslam, AIGA Boston.
Monday-Saturday: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 - 8:00 PM
Please call 617-879-7333 for further information about this exhibition.