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BOOK LAUNCH AND LECTURE | Edward Morris presents
Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 6:00pm to Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 7:00pm

Ed_Morris.jpg.jpgDEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE & ART and
INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS at
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
in collaboration with
METROPOLIS BOOKS

BOOK LAUNCH AND LECTURE

Edward Morris presents
GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS: IMAGES FOR A NEW ACTIVISM

Reception to follow at Department of Architecture 2nd Floor Shattuck Hall

Green Patriot Posters: Images for a New Activism, the book includes work by: Shepard Fairey, Michael Bierut, DJ Spooky, James Victore and Geoff McFetridge.

Thursday evening, December 9, 2010, 6pm
Shattuck Hall (Sw Broadway and Hall St)

DMITRI SIEGEL & EDWARD MORRIS GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS IMAGES FOR A NEW ACTIVISM SIEGEL & MORRIS BOOK BRINGS together the strongest con-temporary graphic design promoting sustainability and the fight against climate change. Collectively, texts by Michael Bierut, Morgan Clendaniel, Steven Heller, Edward Morris, and Dmitri Siegel look back in time to posters and ideas that set the stage for the current movement (World War II posters, images of international cooperation, posters from the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s) and address the current state of the poster: What are the efficacy and mode of distribution for the purposeful, mes-sage-oriented graphic image today? Thomas L. Friedman advocates for "a redefined, broader, and more muscular green ideology that can be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the twenty-first century." The bulk of the book is given over to a compilation of the best posters on the theme of sustainability by a variety of contemporary artists (both emerging and established), among them Paul Elliman, Shepard Fairey, DJ Spooky, Geoff McFetridge, James Victore, and Vier5. These posters, which have a strong graphic presence and never rest on the tired slogans of the past ("Save the Earth," and so on), show that graphic design does not passively respond to the zeitgeist—it helps shape it. The book, which is sustain-ably printed in the United States, reproduces fifty of these posters as tear-outs. Also included is a section on action, with documentation of designs at work in the world: on buses, billboards, protesters’ placards, graffiti. This move-ment is about a new form of patriotism, one that exhibits pride of place, but not fear of others.