This week marks the opening of “Where Is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran,” an exhibition featuring nearly 150 political posters created by graphic artists from around the world in support of the protests that took place in Iran following the 2009 presidential election. The show—on view in the Visual Arts Gallery, August 30 – September 25—is the first public viewing of these posters in printed form and was organized by designers Anita Kunz and Woody Pirtle along with Francis Di Tommaso, director of the Visual Arts Gallery, and Steven Heller, author and co-chair of the MFA Design Department.
“Where Is My Vote?” highlights the role that socially responsible designers can play in rallying support for free speech. The exhibition features posters by some of the most celebrated graphic artists working today, including R.O. Blechman, Cathie Bleck, Seymour Chwast, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser, Robert Grossman, Anita Kunz, Yossi Lemel, Jennifer Morla, István Orosz, Woody Pirtle, Andrea Rauch, Ralph Steadman, Gary Taxali, James Victore and Massimo Vignelli, among others.
Following the elections in Iran in the spring of 2009, an Iranian photographer who goes by the name of Green Bird contacted graphic artists from all over the world and asked them to create posters in support the green movement in Iran. One of the people he approached, Italian designer Andrea Rauch, volunteered to host all of the posters on SocialDesignZine, the blog of the Association of Italian Graphic Designers, where he serves as editor. More than 200 posters have been collected on the site. In the fall of 2009, Green Bird asked Kunz if she knew of a venue that would be interested in exhibiting the posters. Kunz then brought the works to the attention of SVA, and soon the planning for “Where Is My Vote?” began. The resulting exhibition presents the posters mounted on double-sided placards (echoing hand-held protest signs) clustered throughout the gallery space. The College is hosting a special reception on Thursday, September 16, 6 – 8pm, at the gallery.
Images: (top) Seymour Chwast; (bottom) Anita Kunz.