The world has never been smaller and, simultaneously, as deeply challenged. Our future demands creative, collaborative minds to act as global citizens. Certainly we all have primary responsibilities closer to home—our families, our neighborhoods, our cities—but there’s no future alone. The 90 posters in this show are mirrors offering glimpses of each other and reflections of ourselves. They are also a global proxy for conversations which can provoke laughter, political debate, and wonder at the great talent of others. This show sets aside a time and space for us as artists, designers and audience members to model the world we want to inhabit. Let’s enjoy it fully.
The Seattle-Istanbul Poster Show is an international poster exhibition curated by Daniel R. Smith (USA) and Ardan Ergüven (Turkey) and organized with support from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. The exhibition brings together 60 designers from USA and Turkey through cultural poster design, launching a visual dialogue between Seattle and Istanbul. It features 90 posters selected on a conceptual and aesthetic basis with the aim of developing cross-cultural communication between the two countries.
January 18 - March 25, 2018
Gallery Two – Hemingway Center
Visual Arts Center at Boise State University
Exhibition opening reception
January 26, 2018, 5 – 8pm
Regular gallery hours:
Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm and Friday 10am – 2pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Treefort Music Festival:
Exhibition will coincide with Boise’s Treefort music festival in March.
Collaborative events to be announced, including a visit by curators Smith and Ergüven.
December 1 - 30, 2016
Marmara University Republic Museum
İshakpaşa Mh. At Meydanı Sk. No: 1 Sultanahmet
Exhibition opening reception:
December 1, 2016, 17:00 – 20:00.
Regular museum hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 17:00. Closed on Mondays.
Along with the exhibition, a conference in English by Smith and Ergüven will be held December 2, 2016, 10:30 am at the Marmara University Fine Art Faculty Conference Hall, Marmara Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Acıbadem Caddesi No:117, Acıbadem, Kadıköy, İstanbul. The event is free and open to the public.
In previous exhibits I explored locales completely unknown to me (Havana, Tehran, Moscow), seeing the people and graphic design there with fresh eyes. Istanbul, by contrast, has occupied my thoughts since 1981 when I was introduced my Turkish aunt and cousins—all “Smiths”—at a family reunion. During the visit she insisted we visit the Seattle Art Museum, where I first saw in person works by American Pop artists Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Johns. The graphic nature of their work, the simultaneously foreign/familiar nature of meeting my Turkish relatives, the import my aunt ascribed to the museum visit, all sparked something in me which, decades later, has led directly to this project. For family and friends (and soon-to-be friends) in Istanbul, this exhibit comes at a difficult time. Watching events from afar, from Gezi Park protests to the attempted coup, I wish I could give you more than a small gesture of encouragement, but this show is only small if we allow it to be. It can also open new possibilities of friendship and exchange between us.
—Daniel R. Smith
Ardan Erguven is a design professor from Istanbul, Turkey. He is a member of both the Fine Arts Faculty of Marmara University and the Turkish Graphic Designers Association board of directors.
The beginning of this exhibition is based on the surprising visit of Daniel R. Smith to Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design in March 13, 2013. He gave a presentation in our department at that time and showed us the poster exhibitions he realised in Havana (2007), Tehran (2008) and Moscow (2009). In these exhibitions he paired the posters from Seattle and from those cities according to their resembling visual qualities, underlining the international usage of images.
It was very interesting for our students to see images used in similar ways in different places and times. Later, Daniel and I decided to create a new exhibition in the series by pairing posters from Seattle – collected by Daniel – and Istanbul, collected by myself. In this manner the selected posters are a small but qualified slice of both USA and Turkish contemporary poster design scenes. I believe these posters reflect the visual style and the spirit of our times in a pure way.
The Seattle-Istanbul Poster Show is a good opportunity to observe the similar thinking and creative processes of poster designers who live in different countries. From that point of view I hope this exhibition wıll be helpful to observe the international visual styles which affect contemporary poster design. The exhibition we organized also has an another dimension: The Seattle-Istanbul Poster Show enables us to see that designers are looking to the future with great hopes against all odds. In other words, this exhibition is proof of the value of establishing a dialogue between various people and cultures.
The curators are available for interviews and serve as the primary media contacts in their respective countries.
The Seattle-Istanbul Poster Show: ABD ve Türkiye’den Kültürel Afiş Tasarımları
Organized with support from Marmara Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi (Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts), Istanbul.