The McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University opens the 2013-14 season with the thought-provoking exhibition “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012.”
The exhibition will be on display Sept. 12 through Nov. 8. Organizing curator Elizabeth Resnick will speak about the exhibit at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, followed by an opening reception at 6 p.m.
The exhibit, organized by Resnick and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, features posters from all over the world; from Japan and Colombia to the United States and South Africa. The images are used to make political statements, aid humanitarian efforts and bring awareness to a variety of causes.
Resnick writes in the catalog for the exhibition, “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.”
As part of the exhibit, Marlena Buczek Smith , who has three posters in the show, will speak 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the museum. Smith moved to the United States from Poland in the early 1990s. Her body of work includes posters, commercial graphic design, and paintings. Her posters have been printed in various publications and have been exhibited globally, including in China, Germany and Russia. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Art Lecture Series.
All events are free and open to the public.
The museum at 525 Wick Avenue in Youngstown is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more
information, call 330-941-1400 or visit www.mcdonoughmuseum.ysu.edu.