ExhibitionsShepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown
Shepard Fairey, a contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing, emerged from the skateboarding scene. Fairey attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he first became known for his "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" (…OBEY…) sticker campaign, which appropriated images from the comedic supermarket tabloid Weekly World News.
During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, he created the Barack Obama "Hope" poster. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Impulse: A Trip Inside
Human beings have an innate need to create. Artists express their creative impulses through a variety of forms and media. Whether it is a Yoruba carver from Nigeria fashioning a wooden figure as a memorial to twins who have died, or Thad Mosley, a contemporary sculptor from Pittsburgh using those same carving techniques to create abstract modernist forms, both seek to visually communicate their thoughts and feelings with the world.
The current exhibition draws from the range of the museum’s international collection to explore the hand-wrought creations of artists near and far, past and present, as the they respond to a creative instinct that compels them to convey their personal ideas, political agendas, and cultural meanings through art.
Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Friends of the Art Museum.