Letter, Word, Text, Image

In our overwhelmingly visual culture, how is the role of text and typography evolving? Artist and designer Rebeca Méndez will engage her audience in a provocative examination of word and image, and their intersection, drawing on works created by artists and designers throughout the 20th century. These include Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as contemporary artists such as Barbara Kruger, John Baldessari, Ed Rusha, Gran Fury, Richard Long and designers such as Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak of M/M Paris, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman of Calligraffiti, Linda van Deursen, Machine, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Stephan Sagmeister and Shepard Fairey. After her lecture Méndez, will host a hands-on workshop focusing on combining words and images, with the goal of developing the clarity of intention in choosing an image and a typeface not just for its readability, but also for its broader field of visual correlations. Students will create posters and compile their work into a booklet, by learning a simple bookbinding technique. Supported by the Visions & Voices Arts and Humanities Initiative.


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