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Paula Scher Chairs 2nd Chicago International Poster Biennial


The jury of the 2nd Chicago International Poster Biennial convenes this weekend and the Second City will be celebrating with a series of poster-related events. Paula Scher is serving as the chair of the biennial jury and has designed the official biennial poster, an op-art rendition of the number two inspired by a rolled poster. Jury Weekend programming includes an exhibition of works by the members of the jury; a charity auction of dresses printed with iconic posters by the jury designers (including Scher’s “Best of Jazz” poster); a screening of “Freedom on the Fence,” a new documentary about the history of Polish posters; and lectures by legendary poster designers Rafal Olbinski and Takashi Akiyama. The winning posters in the juried competition will go on public display later this summer.

The biennial is presented in part by the Society of Typographic Arts and ICOGRADA; more info here.

New Work: Achievement First Endeavor Middle School


With a little paint and some bold typography, a school designed to change the life of its students has undergone a transformation of its own. For the Achievement First Endeavor Middle School, a charter school for grades 5 through 8 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Paula Scher has created a program of environmental graphics that help the school interiors become a vibrant space for learning. The project was completed in collaboration with Rogers Marvel Architects, who designed the school as a refurbishment and expansion of an existing building.

Achievement First is a network of public charter schools in Brooklyn and Connecticut. With the support of the Robin Hood Foundation, Achievement First seeks to provide students in urban areas with an education that will put them on the path to college. Endeavor Middle School has a student body of about 300 and is ranked number four in the best K to eight schools in New York City. The students at Endeavor have a reputation for taking pride in their school, and the new graphics capture this confident spirit.