Posts Tagged With Activism

ART AGAINST AIDS | Dan Friedman

ART AGAINST AIDS is one of Friedman’s later works, made in 1987. This work was made for a coalition of artists and galleries to have an exhibition to raids money to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. From what I can gather about Friedman and his personality, he most likely did this poster for…

Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman (1945-1995) was an American designer and educator.[1] Friedman worked with many companies including Citibank[2] before his death is 1995 from acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Contents Early Life and Education Teaching Career Design Career Later Life Death More on Friedman’s Work References Early Life and Education Dan Friedman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in…

Public Health Campaigns are Nothing New

In 1896, in a bout of reformist zeal, New York City passed anti-spitting laws. As one can see from the image, spitting could convey any number of communicable diseases and was an especial concern in the new subways and on the old sidewalks. The biggest enemy listed here is tuberculosis, or “consumption,” also known at…

Tropes in the Media: Snakes

My chosen trope to research is the snake. Snakes are cold blooded normally poisonous or venomous creatures who do not have any appendages. Since they are so different from most creatures we are accustomed to today, many people fear snakes which might have attributed to their popularly used tropes. Due to the fear most people…

Damn Everything but the Circus

There were so many interesting books in the Special Collection at the library but the one that caught my eye was Damn everything but the Circus: a lot of things put together by Sister Corita Kent. Before going to the Special Collections at the library, I viewed this book online and it stood out to…

Wild Design: Goths Against Fascism by gloomydemons

I encountered this graphic design yesterday while reading the evening news. It is attributed by the original Facebook poster to gloomydemons as creator. When you enter “Goths Against Fascism” under Google Image Search this appears as #1, and looking at other versions on the page, it is easy to see why. The 3/4 silhouette of…

The Pope and the Penis

In 1990, Gran Fury was invited to exhibit in the “Aperto” section of the Venice Biennale.  They used this platform to criticize the position of the Catholic Church towards the AIDS crisis in a work entitled “The Pope and the Penis.” The work is made up of two huge posters hung next to each other. …

Guerrilla Girls The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist

Project 2: The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist      This poster created by the Guerrilla Girls uses a list to highlight how women are excluded from art history lessons, textbooks, museum collections, and more institutions in the field of art. Their 1988 poster “The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist” lists thirteen “advantages”…

Guerrilla Girls Dearest Art Collector

Project 1: Dearest Art Collector        “Dearest Art Collector” is one of the Guerrilla Girls earliest pieces, created in 1986. Many copies exist in museums today – the medium used to create the copy of the poster I viewed was screen print on paper owned by the Tate art collection. The composition was…

Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls: “Conscience of the Art World”          The year was 1985. 14 years earlier, writer Linda Nochlin published the feminist essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”, a piece of writing which blamed the society, education system, and art world for women’s inability to reach the same artistic notoriety…