Atlanta Journal-Constitution (11.11.11) - Monday, November
Through Jan. 1, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is hosting
an exhibition of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt and a
collection of AIDS posters from around the world.
For "AIDS Memorial Quilt," the Atlanta-based Names Project is
exhibiting a different group of panels from the memorial
project each month at MODA. Last month's quilt display was
folk art-themed, while this month's features panels created by
professional designers in memory of their colleagues.
In "Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS
Posters," posters from countries including Mexico and Iran
disseminate prevention messages that often go beyond safe sex.
In developing countries and male-dominated cultures, the
posters encourage female empowerment.
The palette and patterns of Aboriginal art are used in
Australian posters, while examples from Africa are often
direct and visual enough to reach non-literate audiences.
European and American designers felt at liberty to use humor,
puns, and nudity, which would not work well in countries where
sex is not discussed publicly. Indian designers draw on a
history of miniature paintings. In a French example, a swarm
of naked bodies forms a skull.
MODA is located at 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. For admission
prices and exhibit hours, telephone 404-979-6455 or visit