Voices and Visions brings Gill, Scher, Glaser to Australia

Published:  September 23, 2013
Voices and Visions brings Gill, Scher, Glaser to Australia

“Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.” — Susan Sontag.

Designers such as Bob Gill, Milton Glaser, Arnold Schwartzman and Paula Scher have contributed to a travelling exhibition that has just hit our shores. Voices and Visions, a poster exhibition of work by exceptional Jewish designers, opens in the The Jewish Museum of Australia (Melbourne) on the 29th September.

Voices and Visions has teamed designers and artists with thoughts and ideas of Jewish luminaries that, once combined, have been produced as a poster collection, exhibited with a mission to invite audiences to consider which historical ideas remain poignant in contemporary times.

The exhibition is an ongoing initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, an philanthropic American organisation supplying grants and producing programs that support a contemporary Jewish way of life in the US and Israel (boycotters take note). Voices and Visions has extended into a broad program since its debut last year, with a children’s version in progress, simultaneous exhibitions around the world and public contribution.

Milton Glaser and Bob Gill for Voices and Visions.

Viewed as a collection, there initially appears to be an unusual, loose quality shared amongst the posters — the work of graphic design favourites, like Glaser or Scher, is not of the typical approaches a graphic design audience may be accustomed to, and freely exhibits the designer as more of an artist. In fact, the collection is a giant leap from the vectorised forms and deconstructed text of contemporary poster exhibits. Additionally there is startling work by designers unheard of in this country, with some wielding a surprise punch, such as Art Paul’s powerful piece of Rabbi Nachman of Breslau – “If you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible.

It is not often that Melbourne has a graphic design exhibition, especially one featuring the work of some of the world’s ‘Master’ designers, that alone is enough to warrant mandatory attendance. As for the collection, curiosity is sure to be piqued and opinions varied.

Ivan Chermayeff and Yarim Vardimon for Voices and Visions


Paula Scher and Carin Goldberg for Voices and Visions

Voices and Visions will be on display at The Jewish Museum of Australia from 29 September 2013 – 9 March 2014. Visit the website for further details.



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