Putting the Picture in Politics

Tomorrow–Saturday, November 15–the Parsons Illustration Department is hosting Picturing Politics (organized by Nora Krug) at the New School Tishman Auditorium from 1 to 5:30 pm. Admission is free. (Image above by Guy Billout.) The event is described thus:

    Illustrative responses to world events, large scale and small, have an
effect both visceral and intimate. PICTURING POLITICS explores the
current state of political and social visual commentary. The
Illustration Program of Parsons The New School for Design and the
Department of Politics of The New School for Social Research jointly
present an afternoon of reflections on the intersection of art and

    Also on view in conjunction with the symposium is a reception for an exhibition of illustrated covers for Der Spiegel magazine that opens on November 14th, 6pm, at Parsons, 2 W 13th street, 8th floor. The exhibit will be on view until November 30th.
    If you are in Santa Monica this weekend, check out Robbie Conal‘s exhibit of political commentaries at Track 16 Gallery.
    Or if you simply want to curl up with some reading (and viewing) matter on political and apolitical illustration, check out the following: Varoom magazine, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy; 3×3 magazine (image below by Polly Becker), edited by Charles Hively; All the Art That’s Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn’t): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page, by Jerelle Kraus; or Illustration: A Visual History, by me and Seymour Chwast.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.