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AIGA Event: Post Illustration, April 18

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A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for New School students, faculty, and staff (NSU ID required).


Time and Place:
Tishman Auditorium
Lobby, 66 West 12th Street

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
6:30PM Check-in
7:00-8:30PM Presentation

“The present is always invisible because it’s environmental and saturates the whole field of attention so overwhelmingly,” Marshall McLuhan observed in 1969. “Thus everyone but the artist, the man of integral awareness, is alive in an earlier day.”

How has the contemporary illustrator – who is now part artist, part designer, part art director, part storyteller, part entrepreneur – managed to remain living not in the present of illustration but in the future of post-illustration, and to consistently pull that future into the present? How are technology and The Information Age changing the illustrator’s creative process, sources of influence, workflow, and rhetoric for relevance?


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Nicholas Blechman is the Art Director of The New York Times Book Review. His award winning illustrations have appeared in GQ, Travel + Leisure, Wired, and The New Yorker. Since 1990, Blechman has published, edited, and designed the award winning political underground magazine NOZONE, featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s Design Triennial. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts and at the Maryland Institute College of Art Blechman co-authors a series of limited edition illustration books, One Hundred Percent, with Christoph Niemann. He is a member of Alliance Graphique International, and is currently its U.S. president. Blechman is the author ofFresh Dialogue One: New Voices in Graphic Design, 100% EVIL, Nozone IX: EMPIREand Nozone X: Forecast. His first children’s book, Night Light will be published in 2013.

Christoph Niemann’s illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker,Wired, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. His work has won numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration. He is the author of several children’s books, among them The Pet Dragon, which teaches Chinese characters to young readers and most recently I LEGO N.Y, where he depicts New York through ultra minimal lego sculptures. For the Website of the New York Times he writes and illustrates a blog called Abstract City. After 11 years in New York, he moved to Berlin with his wife, Lisa, and their three sons.


Maria Popova (@brainpicker) is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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