This afternoon I went to the “Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics” exhibit at AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Although I wanted to ask for a price list so I could compare the cost of a wall hanging to the cost of the sparkly new summer wardrobe hanging in my closet and thus be tempted to return all of it and run around town in a beige linen toga through the end of September, in the end I just settled for the free postcard:
That’s actually the back-side of the enormous freestanding cut-out graphic at the front of the gallery. The girl behind the desk would have been able to see me taking this photo had I taken it from the other side, and I did not want to risk being tossed out on my delicate, shell-like ear and tearing one of the fresh items from the aforesaid wardrobe. (After all, if I’m going to keep the clothes, I must take care to maintain them.) Had I been so tossed, I would not have been able to show you this:
Each colorful little view-finder contains a vibrant depiction of another street graphic. Sadly, not one of them provides a gaspy surprise of someone’s mom and dad, circa 1973, doing anything graphic.
Still, the exhibit is definitely worth a look.
American Institute of Graphic Arts
164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets), NY NY 10010
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.