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Payne Gallery Exhibit Expresses Dissent Through Politically-Themed Graphic Works

Bethlehem, Pa., March 15, 2007—Payne Gallery at Moravian College will hold an exhibition, Design of Dissent, which is comprised of over 100 political posters and other graphic art from around the world that tackle a variety of issues ranging from peace, animal rights, gun control, religion, the Iraq war, equality, women's rights, gay rights, and the corporate world. Curators Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić, are co-authors of the book, The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, published by Rockport Press, which provides the powerful images of posters, books, buttons, magazines, and other material from the 1960s to the present, from countries such as Israel, Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Iran, Turkey, Bosnia, Serbia, Spain, Poland, Malaysia, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States.

The opening reception will be held in the Gallery on March 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ilić will speak at the gathering at 7:00 p.m. He will be signing his new book Anatomy of Design, as well as Design of Dissent at the reception. The exhibit will run from March 15 to April 15, 2007, but will be closed April 6 to 9.

The exhibition examines the varied graphic response to the constraints of government and other power structures from around the globe. The works contain an element of discord, an appeal to justice and an attempt to liberate some truth that lies beneath the surface of public discourse. Tony Kushner states in the book’s introduction, “The political is in the arena of the miraculous, where the collective and the communal, so routinely repressed, so viciously suppressed, stages its returns, where eternal truths and immortal edifices can dissolve in an eye blink, in historical time where change rather than stasis is the only constant.”

Ilić, born in Bosnia, has illustrated and art directed posters, record covers ,and comics in Europe before moving to the U.S. in 1986. He has served as art director for the international edition of Time and The New York Times Op-Ed pages. In 1995, he established Mirko Ilić Corp., a graphic design and 3-D computer graphics and motion picture title studio.  He is faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and is coauthor of the book Genius Moves: 100 Icons of Graphic Design and is currently coauthoring Handlettering in the Digital Age, both with Steven Heller.

Milton Glaser co-founded the Pushpin Studios, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker, established Milton Glaser, Inc., and teamed with Walter Bernard to form the publication design firm WBMG. He also designed the famous “I Love NY” campaign. He is faculty and Board member at the School of Visual Arts. Glaser’s artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is also in several permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; The Israel Museum; the National Archive; and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in Historic Bethlehem.  The Gallery is open 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and closed Mondays, holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and it is wheelchair accessible.  Please call the Art Department at 610-861-1680 for additional information.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.