DCA kicks off new year with Globe poster exhibit

This vintage Globe poster, along with others, will be on display in January at the Dorchester Center for the Arts.

CAMBRIDGE — “See It Loud: Globe Poster’s Eye-Popping Evolution, from Street Art to Fine Art” will kick off 2021 in the galleries at Dorchester Center for the Arts.

Curated by John Lewis, the exhibition runs Jan. 8 through Jan. 30, with a virtual Second Saturday reception on Facebook live starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Featured will be a tour of the exhibition and talk with the curator.

Globe was easily one of the nation’s largest showcard printing companies. Lewis said that during its 81 years in business, Globe Poster created show posters for an array of artists, including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Tupac Shakur and numerous others.

The posters, originally stapled to city walls and telephone poles, have become highly collectible and now reside in museums such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

A family-owned, Baltimore-based business, Globe closed up shop in 2010 but was resurrected at Maryland Institute College of Art [MICA] the following year. See It Loud will feature dozens of Globe’s iconic concert posters, as well as new work done by MICA students using Globe’s extensive collection of printing materials, now known as the Globe Collection and Press at MICA.

“This show will appeal to anyone interested in design, entrepreneurship, history, and how historic materials can be repurposed and utilized by future generations,” Lewis said. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. DCA reopens on Jan. 7, with the exhibition opening on Jan. 8.

Dorchester Center for the Arts is dedicated to enriching Maryland’s Eastern Shore community through high quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary, musical, and performing arts. As the designated County Arts Council for Dorchester, DCA is committed to increasing access to the arts for all members of the community by supporting extensive outreach and educational opportunities in the arts.

Visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org and on social media for the latest updates. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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