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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die Redux: Punk Graphic Design

Oct 14, 2021 - Dec 21, 2021


Punk emerged in reaction to the straightjacket culture and excesses of midcentury Britain and America. This exhibition explores the art and graphic design that closely accompanied and inspired the Punk and New Wave movements of the 70s and 80s. It features the storied posters, album covers, patches, and fashion that disillusioned youth wore across their backs and blasted from stages and clubs. The iconic imagery designed by in-tune influential artists such as Malcolm Garrett and Barney Bubbles reflects the values, disenfranchisement, anger, and hope of a new generation. Armed with a DIY graphic vocabulary clashing against corporate ideals and consumerism, the Punks and New Wavers of the 70s and 80s inspired legions of youth across the world to live outside the lines.

The art in these two exhibitions is generously lent by New York-based Andrew Krivine, who holds one of the most important and vast collections of Punk, Post-Punk, and New Wave graphic art. Students from CU Denver's College of Arts & Media collaborated with Krivine, the Emmanuel Gallery, and Art History Professor Maria Buszek to curate an exhibition through the lens of design and fashion. These ideas resonate today, from Rock Against Racism and Queerness to Women's Rights and Politics. Music, Art, and Fashion can foment dissent, reinforce propaganda, terrorize, comfort, or even foster rebellion. It can change the world.

Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm