In September 2004, Monacelli Press will release
THE BUSINESS OF HOLIDAYS, an anthology of connected essays
and images written and designed by Delicious Design group
and edited by Maud Lavin. Many contributors to this highly
graphic and quirky book are faculty, graduate students,
or alumni of The School of the Art Institute. Created by
a brainstorm in Lavin's Design and Writing course, THE BUSINESS
OF HOLIDAYS will explore how subcultures are mainstreamed,
the relationships between value systems and commercial profit,
and how holidays are marketed through visual culture.
An overview of the three day festival as
well as comments by founder Jonathan Wells. Included in
the festival are motion graphic short films, sound pieces
and music videos. The festival began in San Francisco with
Chicago being the final stop.
Spectacular Vernacular reexamines the influence
of subculture and its common symbology through the viewpoints
of four contemporary artists. This exhibition features artworks
that respond to popular culture by recontextualizing common
iconography to blur the lines and distinctions between social
use and material meaning.
A review of the exhibit of quilts done by
African American woman in the south. This includes a discussion
about the aesthetics of the quilts, the oral histories of
the makers of the quilts, and the dignity they radiate within
the galleries of the Milwaukee Art Museum.