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Signs for Our Time August 30, 2009

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

The call for entries has been posted for a Naked Art show that I hope will be a fantastic one: “Signs for Our Time: A Modern Take on the WPA.”

The Works Progress Administration posters of the 1930s, the result of a New Deal program to employ artists, carried messages about health and safety, education, tourism, and life improvement. The messages were simple–they seem rather naive today–but they were effective. The artists were able to experiment with their designs, and their techniques and visuals have influenced modern art and graphic design for decades.

For the Naked Art show, artists and designers are being challenged to reimagine the WPA poster with messages for modern Birmingham. Recycling, transit, saving energy, community, etc.–you name it, and it could be on one of those posters.

I’m very excited about this show because I can’t wait to see what people come up with–and I going to be co-curating it with Vero at Naked Art! Also, I’ll be creating a poster (which may not be the kind of poster you’re used to seeing) and all of the functional art for the show. It opens next June 11.

Pass along this info to any artist or designer you know who might be interested in submitting a piece. Full details are on the Naked Art site. (Scroll down once you hit that page.)



1. inkstainedlife - September 1, 2009

Oh man, I have to wait until JUNE?

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