As part of The Wolfsonian Museum’s official program for Art Basel Miami Beach, Elliott Earls performed a new work in conjunction with the museum’s Thoughts on Democracy exhibition.
The Thoughts on Democracy exhibition is comprised of posters created by 60 leading contemporary artists and designers, invited by The Wolfsonian to create a new graphic design inspired by American illustrator Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms posters of 1943, which were recently gifted to the museum by Leonard A. Lauder. Among them: Elliott Earls poster Liberty Weeps.
VernissageTV filmed parts of his performance that is a look at the American culture, the democratic process and global issues.
Elliott Earls is a performance artist, musician, and designer. He is head of the Graduate Graphic design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a performance artist, Elliott Earls was awarded an emerging artist grant by Manhattan’s Wooster Group. As a typographer, his type design is distributed worldwide by Emigre Inc. Some of Earl’s poster designs are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He has lectured extensively and has given workshops on design and culture in Europe and America.
Elliott Earls latest body of work is The Saranay Motel. Begun in late 2005 it is a work in progress, comprised of four integrated elements: a feature length film, an exhibit of art objects. a performance piece and music (a score and a record).
Elliott Earls Live: Thoughts on Democracy. Performance by Elliott Earls, accompanied by Benjamin Teague on mandolin. The Wolfsonian – Florida International University Art Basel VIP Reception, December 5, 2008. Miami Beach, Florida.
PS: More information about The Wolfsonian and the current exhibitions: Interview with Director Cathy Leff.
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