I collect posters. Here’s some of them. As a collector of posters, sometimes I do things that are not quite legit, like taking posters off walls for events that have not happened yet. This doesn’t make me happy, but I rationalize it to myself by saying that I am an archivist with a vision.
I have been taking posters off walls, mainly in the Wicker Park / Bucktown area of Chicago, since 1994. I know this because the first poster I took off a wall was for a show at the Elbo Room on Thursday, September 15, 1994.
I saw today that John Kass of the Chicago Tribune published a piece today titled, “Harold Washington’s death 30 years ago marked end of Chicago’s black political power“. He wrote about the memorial service/ rally at UIC, the memorial at Daley Plaza, and the City Hall protests when the Sawyer was appointed Mayor.
I was there for those events, and I collected artifacts and took notes. I went back into the archives to see what I had, then I scanned some. Here they are:
Here’s the program for the event at the Pavillion on Monday, November 30, 1987.
On Thursday and Friday I went to the first Chicago Art Book Fair, which is “dedicated to showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers”.
Lainey Waugh: 3 prints with cutouts; here’s one:
Vice Versa Press: sublime dollar noose poster and “Don’t Text Him” coasters.
One of my new favorite posters is from Other Forms . I’ve long been fascinated by the role of variation in capitalism, but I didn’t know that there was an early typographic corollary.
I really like the style of Colpa and his “He’s on Fire” poster (presumably honoring NBA Jam):
And lastly, the Chicago Art Book Fair poster by Clay Hickson:
Today S-L and I went for a walk and saw the native brush.
Very little water.
The brown burrs of a near-desert landscape.