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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Joshua Payne
September 16 2010 or Tony Fusco, (617) 363-0405

Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010

Boston, MA, Sept. 16, 2010: Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010 draws from an extensive archive of arresting and fearless international public health announcement posters. The posters in this first-of-its-kind exhibition are drawn largely from the collection of James Lapides, founder of the International Poster Gallery, Boston. 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 relevant sociopolitical issues like disease research and eradication, world health, international relations, sexual education and discrimination. The exhibition runs September 13 -- December 4, 2010 at the Stephen D. Paine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Lapides has spent the last decade collecting HIV/AIDS posters from more than 80 countries. In addition to a large collection of HIV/AIDS posters, International Poster Gallery also offers thousands of original vintage posters from all periods and genres, many of which are available on their website, www.InternationalPoster.com. The gallery also produces regular thematic exhibitions, which are free and open to the public.

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 and Venezuela to Morocco, these posters demonstrate the different approaches used for discussion of a socially complex subject. Each poster carefully navigates socially complex themes presenting a myriad of visual solutions to a public health crisis. This exhibition highlights designing in particular regional vernaculars, across different borders, and for varied constituencies towards a singular, universal goal.

Lapides writes in the exhibition catalog: The posters are a way of remembering those who have died due to AIDS—a graphic quilt of a different kind. The poster itself once again should be celebrated for its central role in promoting awareness, saving lives, raising donations, influencing the public debate and speaking out in the face of this terrifying global disease.

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.

Stephen D. Paine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
South Hall, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Exhibition: September 13--December 4, 2010
Reception: October 7, 6:00--8:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: November 4, 2010, 6:30--8:30 p.m., Tower Auditorium
Gallery Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10am-6pm; Wed. 10am-8pm; Sat. 11am-5pm
Free and open to the public. Handicapped accessible.

International Poster Gallery
205 Newbury Street, Boston
617-375-0076 -- www.InternationalPoster.com


Editor's Note: * Background, B&W Photos and Color Slides available.
* Support available for feature development on poster collecting.
* Interviews with Jim Lapides are encouraged.


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