Published: August 3, 2010
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Where Is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran,” an exhibition of more than 125 political posters by graphic artists worldwide created in support of the protests in Iran that followed the 2009 presidential election.
The exhibition is the first public viewing of these posters in printed form and was organized by designers Anita Kunz and Woody Pirtle along with Francis Di Tommaso, director of the Visual Arts Gallery, and Steven Heller, author, design historian and co-chair of the MFA Design Department at SVA.
“Where Is My Vote?” will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, from August 30 to September 25.
“Where Is My Vote?” highlights the role that socially responsible designers can play in rallying support for free speech, and the power of design to inspire political activism. The exhibition features posters by some of the most celebrated graphic artists working today, including R.O. Blechman, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Robert Grossman, Anita Kunz, Yossi Lemel, Jennifer Morla, István Orosz, Woody Pirtle, Andrea Rauch, Ralph Steadman, Gary Taxali, James Victore and Massimo Vignelli, among others.
Following the elections in Iran in the summer of 2009, an Iranian photographer who goes by the name of Green Bird urged graphic artists from all over the world to create posters in support the Green Movement in Iran. One of the artists he approached, Italian designer Andrea Rauch, volunteered to host all of the posters on the website SocialDesignZine, the blog of the Association of Italian Graphic Designers, where Rauch serves as editor. More than 200 posters have been collected on the site.
The Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; admission is free. For further information, 212-592-2145.
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