Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives

On view at the Denver Art Museum, December 15, 2013–January 18, 2015

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present an installation of 35 contemporary posters in the exhibition “Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives”. Culled from the AIGA Design Archives at the DAM—a collection of over 10,000 objects that represent one of the largest and finest holdings of contemporary American communication design from approximately 1980 to the present—“Drawn to Action” invites visitors to discover how design can be an extraordinary tool for change and to consider their own opinions on a broad range of issues.

“Throughout its history the poster has proved to be a remarkably resilient medium, adapting itself to a variety of uses,” said Darrin Alfred, associate curator of architecture, design and graphics at the DAM. “Initially a device for commercial advertising, the poster has become synonymous with the freedom of expression. It is an extraordinary medium for social and political influence: a method for giving voice.”

Sociopolitical themes such as racism, the environment, literacy, peace and equality are just a few of the subjects that designers tackle in these provocative posters. Works by Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Luba Lukova, Woody Pirtle and James Victore, among others, are featured in the exhibition. Whether with straightforward solemnity or a touch of humor, the works showcased within “Drawn to Action” demonstrate the inventive ways in which design can provoke action.

See the exhibition

The exhibition is on view from December 15, 2013 through January 18, 2015 at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado. For museum admission please visit the Denver Art Museum website.

Museum hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday through Thursday : 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Museum location
Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado
Located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Street

About the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum

From 1980 to 2007, AIGA produced an annual publication documenting AIGA’s competitions. The physical artifacts selected in these competitions are now a permanent part of the AIGA Archives at the Denver Art Museum, with a dedicated AIGA curator. Starting in 2004, AIGA began compiling digital records of great design in the online AIGA Design Archives.

Visit the AIGA Design Archives online

Won't make it to Denver to see “Drawn to Action”? You can always visit the AIGA Design Archives online. The AIGA Design Archives is one of the richest online resources available to those who practice, study and appreciate great design. It represents the quality of work being creating as well as shifting aesthetics and sensibilities of the designers of the day. Included in this resource are more than 20,000 selections from AIGA’s annual juried design competitions dating from 1924 through the present. In addition, it features special collections of major American design firms and practitioners whose design accomplishments might otherwise not be preserved online or made available to the public.