Thoughts on Democracy

Thoughts on Democracy

By Leslie Dela Vega, Photo Editor, Time

I had arrived at the Miami Intl Airport at midnight on Dec 5th dreading the 3 mile walk from the gate to the taxi stand! I was already half asleep walking into complete humidity thinking NOTHING is going to wake me up for this, as I was trying to keep my head up, I turned slightly to my right and saw a poster that started out with FREEDOM OF SPEECH by Adam Dye. The treatment made it look as if you could just take those letters and peel them right off. (Let me give you a bit of background, I'm a photo editor. But I have always had a great love for type. I took a typography class in art school and collected all the Letrasets I could find when I was kid. All the old schoolers should know that those are.)

As I kept walking, I saw more posters, more type treatments and before you know it,  I forgot about my trek to the taxi stand. I had to look at each and every image. Carefully.

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The exhibit was produced by Wolfsonian-FIU. They had invited 60 artists to design in today's world, Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" posters of 1943. The WOLFSONIAN-FIU (Florida Intl University) is a center that uses objects to illustrate "the persuasive power of art and design to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical and technological changes that have transformed our world".

Poster.  Alan Dye.  2008. Archival ink-jet print. 20 x 16 inches. The Wolfsonian-Florida International University.
Unfortunately, it's not up anywhere online except on a blog Go to the CONTENTS on the right hand side of home page and click on any of those artsists.

Check it out. I think it's well worth it for designer/directors or any buff who loves good design and lots of letters!

The exhibit is up at the The Wolfsonian-Florida International University
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach

  • Ina Saltz

    I am so glad you posted with the photo; I saw the posters at the Wolfsonian but they were smaller, squashed tight & stacked in the entrance area. Since I flew in & out of Ft. Lauderdale I did not see them in the Miami airport, but I am glad to see they were reprised there in a better way.

  • Heather Jones

    Hi Leslie...I caught that on the way back from Art Basel too! this one was my favorite:

    "The _____(noun)______ Spangled ____(noun)______"

    And don't you think airports are way too under utilized in terms of exhibition spaces? If only LaGuardia could be so inspiring....

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