“Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines.”
Portland’s creative community has held this event for the last five years. An impressive variety of talks, workshops, exhibitions, studio tours and more are presented. Although I’ve only attended a few of these sessions so far, I’m impressed with the quality of the work presented, the knowledge being shared and the welcoming, collaborative “feel” of the local design community.
The mission of DWP “is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.”
Design Week Portland runs through Saturday, April 29th. Learn more about this event.
A few weeks ago I visited an exhibition, Agitation and Propaganda Soviet Political Posters 1918-1929 at the Frye Art Museum. While there, I happened to hear one of their museum docent talk about a particular poster in the exhibition, Have You Volunteered? by the Russian artist Dmitry Moor. The poster she was discussing looked very similar to a poster most of us know… the I Want You for U.S. Army poster by the American artist, James Montgomery Flagg. The docent mentioned the similarity as well as the fact that Flagg was inspired by an earlier poster, Lord Kitchener Wants You by the English artist, Alfred Leete.
All of these posters have a great deal in common. Each of these posters were created using a national hero to inspire people to volunteer to serve their country in a time of war.
The Frye Art Museum’s newest exhibition, Agitation and Propaganda, features reproductions of posters created in Russia beginning in 1918, a year after the Tsarist autocracy was overthrown and the control of the government was seized by Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik party. These political propaganda posters were created to inspire and communicate political messages to the largely illiterate peasant population.
The 11 years of posters represented in this exhibition show the works of many well known and unknown Russian artists. Even though the Soviet state government commissioned these posters, some artists were afraid to sign their artwork during this time of political uncertainty.