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Designers, filmmaker continue Communications Media Lecture Series

Posted 03/16/15

Skolos/Wedell's poster design for the AIGA celebration to honor Cambridge, Mass typographer and type designer Matthew Carter, 2011Fitchburg State University continues its Communications Media Lecture Series this spring with presentations from noted professionals in the fields of photography, design and documentary filmmaking.

The series continues in March with a presentation by designers Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell on Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. The husband and wife pair work to diminish the boundaries between graphic design and photography—creating three-dimensional collaged images influenced by cubism, technology and architecture.  They balance their commitments to professional practice and teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design, where Skolos is interim dean of Architecture + Design and Wedell is a senior critic in Graphic Design. The studio’s work has received numerous awards and has been widely published and exhibited. Skolos/Wedell’s posters are included in the graphic design collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland. Skolos is an elected member of the Allliance Graphique Internationale.

The series concludes Thursday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. with a talk by filmmaker, teacher and film programmer Jeff Silva. Based in Boston, Silva’s recently completed projects include Ivan & Ivana (2011) and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008), which have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, Visions du Reel, Valdivia , Flahertiana, and DocAviv. Ivan & Ivana explores the attraction as well as the ambivalence to the glitz and glamour associated with Hollywood’s depiction of the USA by juxtaposing the hardships, successes and the humorous escapades of the young immigrant couple.

Jeff SilvaFrom 2006-09, Silva was a teaching fellow at Harvard University where he helped develop the Sensory Ethnography Lab curriculum with Lucien Taylor.  The SEL is a practice-­based program of visual anthropology exploring the interstices of art, anthropology and documentary film. Currently, he is a professor of film at the Massachusetts College of Art.

This semester’s lecture series began in February with a presentation by photographer Bruce Myren, an artist and photographer based in Cambridge.

The lecture series, now in its fourth year, is organized by Professor Stephen Goldstein and presented with support from Fitchburg State’s Ruth Butler Grant.

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