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Earthquakes & Aftershocks: Posters from the CalArts Graphic Design Program

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2007 – The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) are pleased to present Earthquakes & Aftershocks, Posters from the CalArts Graphic Design Program 1986–2004. The exhibition features posters created by graphic design students over nearly two decades. The 64 posters in the exhibition represent the visual sophistication, wit and experimental vision that typifies CalArts' design program. They will be seen for the first time in an American gallery.

Artwork will be available for viewing beginning Friday, May 4, 2007 until Sunday June 24, 2007. The opening reception will take place on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m.

Earthquakes & Aftershocks is a traveling exhibition recently arrived from France—following showings at Galerie du Clontre at Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre Museum. Organized by Paris-based CalArts alumnus, Jérome Saint-Loubert Bié, the show was conceived as a means to consider how a new emphasis on graphic design opens the way for further visual investigations. "The visual strength and inventiveness of these posters, as well as their contemporary and historical pertinence in the field of graphic design, proved to be of interest to many," said Saint-Loubert Bié. "Moreover, their function of announcing lectures, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and film screenings at CalArts extends, beyond design, to become significant as documentation of two decades of remarkable events spanning all artistic disciplines."

CalArts alumna and faculty member in the Graphic Design Program Louise Sandhaus, selected the pieces in the exhibition from thousands of posters--choosing works that were "distinctive because of their innovation and ability to generate a visual thrill."

With few exceptions, such as a work combining stencils and spray paint, the technique used for the artwork is silkscreen. The posters employ a wide variety of paper, ranging from newsprint and envelopes to bookbinding and wallpaper, and include distinctive typography often employing original typefaces. Viewed together, they provide a critical perspective on two decades of popular and political culture.

Limited edition silkscreen posters created for Earthquakes & Aftershocks will be available for sale at exhibition.

The 160-page catalog, edited by Jérome Saint-Loubert Bié and designed by CalArts alumni, Yasmin Khan and Jon Sueda, exquisitely reproduces all 64 posters in the original exhibition in Rennes, France and includes a comprehensive introduction to California design as well as four additional essays.

Excerpts from the Earthquakes & Aftershocks catalog:

Exhibition Website (launching April 11):

The Municipal Art Gallery is located at Barnsdall Park: 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90027. The Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Hours are extended until 9:00 p.m. on "First Fridays." For general gallery information, please call 323.644.6269.

About the California Institute of the Arts:
The nation's first art institute to offer BFAs and MFAs in both the visual and performing arts, CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible. Emphasis is placed on new and experimental work and students are admitted solely on the basis of artistic ability. To encourage innovation and experimentation, CalArts' six schools-Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--are all housed under one roof in a unique, five-story building with the equivalent of 11 acres of square footage in Valencia, California, just 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles.

About the Department of Cultural Affairs:
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors to the City of Los Angeles. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and assures access to arts and cultural experiences through grant making, marketing, public and community arts programming, arts education, and creating partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in every community in the City of Los Angeles.

DCA grants $3.4 million annually to over 300 artists and nonprofit arts organizations and awards the Artist-in Residence (A.I.R.) and City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships. It provides arts and cultural programming in numerous Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers, theaters, and several arts and education programs for young people. The Department directs public art projects and manages the City s Arts Development Fee, Art Collection, and Murals Program. DCA markets the City's cultural events through development and collaboration with strategic partners, design and production of creative promotional materials, and management of the culturela.org website.

Contact: Sonia A. Solin, DCA
(213) 202-5543, sonia.solin@lacity.org

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