CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Comics Unmasked at the British Library, What Design Can Do conference in Amsterdam, David Pearson’s book designs at Kemistry in London, CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, an evening of indie mag love with Printout in Bristol, and Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives in Denver…
Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK
British Library, London
Until 19 Aug
The British Museum will be opening up its comic book collection alongside rare and original artwork, scripts and other recognizable ephemera on loan from big names including Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), and more. Presenting mainstream and underground comics and graphic novels, the exhibition will explore the history of the British comic book, the creators, the process, the characters, and the often challenging thematic choices and politics that the medium has engaged with.
A wealth of archival material dating as far back as 1470 sits alongside digital work, plus brand new artwork from the likes of Gorillaz creator Jamie Hewitt, and videos documenting ‘a day in the life’ of artists in their studios. A series of related talks and other events can be viewed here.
What Design Can Do
8 – 9 May
This two-day conference aims to investigate the ‘power of design as an agent for social change’, with speakers including Chineasy creator ShaoLan Hsueh, fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, Design Observer co-founder and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, and MoMA design and architecture curator Paola Antonelli.
This year’s event centres are four key themes of what design can do for learning processes and education; for nature, food and production; for economy and sustainability; and for storytelling, including journalism and advertising.
Kemistry Gallery, London
8 May – 28 Jun
Exhibition of work from the renowned British designer, including his Penguin book cover designs, with projects such as Great Ideas, Penguin by Design and Popular Classics. His cover design for George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was one of our Best in Book winners in the CR Annual 2014, click here for more info.
CONTACT Photography Festival
Various venues, Toronto
Until 31 May
Month-long annual event with over 1500 artists exhibiting in 175 venues across Toronto, with exhibitions and site-specific installations from emerging and established artists, plus talks, film screenings, workshops, walking tours, and other events. Part of this year’s festival explores the relationship between identity and photography, focusing on artists who explore individual and collective identities, with work addressing character, nationality, migration, race, class, gender, feminism, masculinity and sexuality.
The Crofters Rights, Bristol
8 May (7pm)
One-off event sees Printout travelling from its London basement to join up with BIP (Bristol Independent Publishers), to showcase the city’s talent and bring together lovers of independent publishing. Organised by Jeremy Leslie (magCulture) and Steven Watson (Stack), this Bristol special also welcomes Rosa Park (Cereal), Rachel Taylor (Another Escape), Mike White (Boneshaker), and Daniel Humphrey (Off Life) for panel discussions, plus lots of local and other independent mags to peruse.
Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives
Denver Art Museum
Until 18 Jan 2015
This exhibition of contemporary posters selected from the AIGA Design Archives, aims to demonstrate the inventive ways in which design can provoke action as a tool for change. The show features work from Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Luba Lukova, Woody Pirtle and James Victore, amongst others, with work addressing sociopolitical themes of racism, the environment, literacy, peace and equality.
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