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July 15, 2013

Graphic Advocacy, International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001–2012

Pratt Institute
Left to right: Leo Lin, Global Warming, Taiwan, 2009, 70 x 100 cm; Victor Manuel Barrera Rodriguez, No More Land Mines, Columbia, 2011, 70 x 100 cm; Jude Landry, Octopus Vulgaris, USA, 2010, 45.7 x 61 cm.

As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public dissemination of ideas, information and opinion. Posters are dissent made visible—they communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate, and warn, while jarring us to action with their bold messages and striking iconography. Posters also serve as a telling indication of a graphic designer’s commitment to society when non-commissioned posters are created as vehicles to raise money to support political and humanitarian causes. Without a doubt, the poster remains the most resonant, intrinsic and enduring item in the arsenal of a contemporary graphic designer.

Organized by Professor Elizabeth Resnick and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001–2012 showcases a selection of 122 posters and offers the public a chance to experience this magnificent body of empathetic and visually compelling messages for our time.

A section of this exhibition will be on view at the Graduate Communications Design Exhibition Space, 7th Floor, Pratt Manhattan Center.

For more information, please visit www.pratt.edu and www.graphicadvocacyposters.org.

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