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Poster children

Posted by Courtney Hollands  July 16, 2009 04:15 PM

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Last year, I wrote a story on Ghost-Town Studio in Providence — Pete Cardoso and Darren Johnson have worked with everyone from Wilco to Spoon. They do their own printing and even have a skateboard ramp in the workspace they share with other artists.

I've always been drawn to the raw, visceral beauty of concert posters. I'm pretty sure my mom was horrified when I bought kaleidoscopic prints of Woodstock, the Beatles, and the Who to hang around my childhood bedroom. I just love the stark, bright colors — each one is used sparingly for a different purpose.

So, you can imagine my giddiness when I heard Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary "Died Young, Stayed Pretty" is coming to the Museum of Fine Arts later this month.

The film — an official selection at the 2008 Montreal Film Festival — explores the gritty underground poster culture and its web of quirky, DIY artists. In the trailer, one of the designers states that poster art is "the purest form of art our culture has." Sounds like my kind of flick.

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[Poster by Ron Liberti]

The first showing is at 8:10 p.m. on July 31 (the last show is on August 7).

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