Pandemic in Print: African HIV/AIDS Posters
from The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
at Northwestern University
Columbia College Chicago's A + D Gallery
January 11 – February 17, 2007
Opening reception: Thursday, January 25, 5-8 pm
This exhibition features sixty posters made in Africa to address the HIV/AIDS crisis. The posters are on loan to A+D Gallery from The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. The exhibition was organized by Dr. Kate Ezra and the students in her fall 2006 class "Theory and Practice of Art Exhibitions" at Columbia College Chicago. The students who helped create this exhibition include: Andrew Breen, Heather Burke, Nickol Ferris Burrell, Colleen Feeney, Rachel Fischer, Lindsey Groves, Marilyn Lara, Rachel Lechocki, Brandi Lewis, Amanda McKenzie, Zurii Mershant, Morgan Minear, Sarah Muñiz, Melissa Peifer, Erin Polley, Jaclyn Robbins, and Kelly Stinson.
HIV/AIDS has had a greater impact on the continent of Africa than anywhere else on earth. African posters concerned with HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and treatment provide a unique opportunity to examine how the disease is presented to the African public and to understand the attitudes and issues that shape strategies for dealing with it. This exhibition will explore the active role of African visual culture in confronting the AIDS crisis.
Pandemic in Print is presented in conjunction with Critical Encounters, an ongoing series of year-long college-wide examinations of important social issues that challenge and complicate the thinking of all members of the Columbia College Chicago community. The focus of Critical Encounters for 2006-2007 is HIV/AIDS.
January 25, 2007 6:30-7:30pm
Hokin Auditorium, 623 S. Wabash Avenue, room 109
Lecture: Dr. Mardge Cohen
Mardge Cohen is a senior physician at John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago and founder of WE-ACTx, an organization that provides treatment and advocacy for HIV infected women and children in Rwanda. Sponsored by A+D Gallery, Department of Art and Design, in conjunction with the Department of Liberal Education, Columbia College Chicago.
February 14, 2007 5-8 pm
623 S. Wabash Avenue, room 203
Lecture: Chaz Maviyane-Davies
Chaz Maviyane-Davies is a graphic designer from Zimbabwe who focuses primarily on issues of human rights, social justice, health, and the environment. He is currently a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Sponsored by A+D Gallery in conjunction with the Art Talks Lecture Series, Department of Art + Design, Columbia College Chicago.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.