Monday, April 1, 2013



WHEN: Apr 27-Jun 15, 2013
WHERE: Creative Alliance, The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
CONTACT:: Helen Yuen,, 410.276.1651 ext. 218

Globe Poster Returns to Highlandtown with Festival of Exhibition, Music & Workshops
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Globe Poster Printing Corp., founded in Baltimore, printed posters for the country's top acts. (Image courtesy of Globe Collection and Press at MICA)

Globe Poster: Not To Be Missed! will open April 27, 2013, at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood, the last home of Globe Poster. Through the exhibition of posters, printing tools, photos and historical ephemera, the exhibition will chart the concurrent trajectories of Globe Poster and African-American music history, beginning with the golden era of R&B and ending with the last days of Go-Go.

Concerts, educational workshops, a film night, panel discussions and exhibition tours with bilingual docents will encourage old and new audiences alike to find personal connections with the exhibition material.

Globe Poster: Not To Be Missed! is more than just a Baltimore story. It is an exhibition designed to highlight the significance of a small business, owned by two local families, that came to occupy an iconic place in the visual history of American music and made a lasting impact on design and culture across the nation.

Globe Poster Printing Corp. was founded in Baltimore in 1929. A family-owned and operated company, Globe printed posters for a wide range of clients, from political campaigns to traveling circuses, but their most iconic posters were for popular music. Globe's distinctive style of mixing kinetic visual language and bright, Dayglo inks coalesced in the mid-century with the rise of R&B. The company's easily recognizable style continues to have a lasting impact on design culture. When Globe closed its doors in 2010 the company's collection of posters, printing tools and ephemera was purchased by the Maryland Institute College of Art where it lives on as a working collection, accessible and in use by students, artists, educators and historians.

Globe printed posters for the country's top acts, including James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin. Globe's sterling reputation among R&B pioneers led to work for artists in later African-American music forms from funk to hip-hop and Go-Go, a regional music form popular in D.C. in the '80s and '90s. Long before the internet and television came to be the primary forms of advertisement Globe Poster successfully promoted many of America's most celebrated stars. As R&B pioneer Solomon Burke said, "You weren't a star until Globe put your picture on a poster."

Globe Poster: Not To Be Missed! is a collaboration between the Creative Alliance, Globe Collection and Press at MICA, and the Maryland Institute College of Art's MFA in Curatorial Practice Program. The exhibition will be curated by MFA candidate Chloe Helton-Gallagher and is made possible by generous support from the partnering institutions and a Maryland Humanities Council Major Grant.