Obama campaign art makes for inspiring exhibit in hometown ChicagoApril 3rd, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI
Chicago (US), Apr.3 (ANI): More than 100 art works, some commissioned by the Obama campaign, are being exhibited at the Chicago Tourism Center here with the aim of depicting the outpouring of enthusiasm for America’s first Afro-American Head of State before he took office.
Scott Thomas, former design director for the “Obama for America” campaign; Chicago artist Ray Noland, and Nathan Mason, curator of special projects for, curate the show, “Officially Unofficial — Inspired Art for Obama,”
The works include prints, posters, photographs and videos, reports the Chicago Sun Times.
The graphic works the campaign generated are interesting on a number of levels, according to Mason. The most successful ones used design to convey Obama’s message in a glance.
“It was effective communication — these graphic works played a role in the success of the campaign. And, the design vocabulary was part of how well the message was communicated,” Mason said.
For his part, Obama was able to embrace “a more dynamic edge of culture than any previous candidate,” Mason said.
“The art community usually spends its time lashing out against the system. It’s interesting that it shifted this time, in support of a candidate,” Thomas said. “I don’t know that it has ever happened before.” (ANI)
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