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Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-1986

Schmidt Center Gallery
November 13, 2010 - January 22, 2011
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This exhibition presents Raymond Pettibon’s early graphic works from the California punk rock era. Featured are over 200 examples of Pettibon’s aggressively powerful designs created for the band Black Flag(whose lead vocalist was Henry Rollins) and other wellknown punk bands such as Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, Circle Jerks and the Dead Kennedys. In the past twenty years, Pettibon has developed an international reputation as a leading contemporary artist who offers piercing commentary on diverse aspects of American culture through his characteristic comic book style. This multi-media exhibition includes posters, gig fliers, zines, album covers along with their albums, T-shirts, skateboard decks, CDs and videos.

The exhibition also includes a selection of post-punk era works by Pettibon from south Florida public and private art collections, demonstrating a development of the artist’s style and thematic interests. A selection of punk era film and video works and punk inspired performances will round out the exhibition, made possible through collaboration with faculty members James E. Cunningham and Alejandro Sánchez-Samper, Department of Music, and Shane Eason, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. A lecture and book signing by Ryan Moore, Department of Sociology and author of Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture and Social Crisis, will also be presented.


“Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86 is the first in ICI’s Exhibitions in a Box series. Organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, this exhibition has been assembled by David Platzker. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.”
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