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Visiting Scholar Lecture: George Arbid

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm

You are invited to a lecture about the International Fair of Tripoli, Lebanon on Friday Nicely Hall 409, 11am by Professor George Arbid


Tutti Fruitti: Exhibition and Lecture

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

The Spanish Embassy in Lebanon
and the Department of Architecture and Design
at the American University of Beirut

cordially invite you to the exhibition and lectures:

Tutti Frutti
Popular Graphics and Cultural Diversity


Wednesday October 28
Exhibition opening @ 6:00pm

Dar Al-Handassah Building, Department of Architecture and Design,
American University of Beirut

Welcoming note @ 7:00pm
by H.E. Juan Carlos Gafo (Ambassador of Spain in Lebanon)
ALH [Architecture Lecture Hall]

Followed by public lecture by:
America Sanchez
Graphic designer / exhibition curator
Winner of the Spanish National Design Prize (1992)

Wednesday November 4 @ 6:00pm
Public lecture by:
Reza Abedini
Internationally acclaimed graphic designer and typographer
Charles Hostler Student Center auditorium, AUB

The exhibition will run until Friday November 20, 2009
Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm



Tutti-Frutti, an exhibition comprising more than
200 photographs recording the work of designers,
painters, draftsmen and women and
non-professional or self-taught calligraphers
from various of the world’s peoples, asks
spectators to give thought to popular graphics as
an effective representation of cultural diversity.
The careful selection of images for the
exhibition by its curator America Sanchez is
displayed by thematic groupings in mosaics
pointing to the affinities and contrasts of a
rural and urban iconography. It also includes, as
some kind of break for reflection, fragments of
texts, specially written by reputed practitioners
and experts on visual communication from various
world capitals, such as Félix Beltrán, Ruedi
Baur, Armando Milani, Marcelo Drumond, André
Guürtler, Reza Abedini, etc., where they
expressed their particular vision on popular graphics.
Tutti Frutti was initially conceived and
organized by DIMAD (Madrid Designers Association)
and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Cooperation, under the auspices of UNESCO

America Sanchez was born in Buenos Aires,
Argentina in 1939. Self-taught as an artist,
America Sanchez’s early training was marked by
the so-called “Swiss School”, via Josef
Müller-Brockmann’s book The Graphic Artist and
his Design Problems, and, from 1967 onwards, by
his teaching activities in Barcelona’s Escuela
Eina, as well as other schools and institutions.
In 1965 he arrived in Barcelona, where he worked
as a free-lance designer. A year later he set up
his own studio, specializing in corporate
identity work for businesses and institutions,
and graphic design for exhibitions and special events.
America Sanchez combines his activity as a
graphic designer with extended research and
experimentation in other spheres of the image:
photography, photomontage and video. Since 1963
he has shown in individual and group exhibitions
as a photographer and given classes and
audiovisual lectures on photographic creativity.
The Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée
d’Aurillac, ivam Centre Julio González and the
Museum of Fine Art in Houston have photos by him
in their collections, as does the Museum of
Modern Art in New York, which also possesses examples of his graphic work.
He has also participated in various national and
international design exhibitions and contributed
to many specialized publications. In the spring
of 1991 he had a major show of his work in the
Palacio de la Virreina in Barcelona, sponsored by
the Barcelona City Council. He has been awarded
the Laus Prize on six occasions. National Design
Prize 1992. Prize Ciutat de Barcelona 2001 by the book Barcelona Gráfica.

New Semester – Fall 2009

In Uncategorized on October 1, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Welcome to the start of a new semester, and a new blog for the AUB Fine Arts and Art History Department.

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