Seattle Havana Tehran Poster ShowSeattle Havana Tehran Poster Show

There’s never been a
SHT show like this.

We jokingly call The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show (The Seattle-La Habana-تهران Poster Show)‏ a “SHT show” because when we get together it’s fun. There are no politics, no prejudices—just an appreciation of our common interests. When we see what the other is doing—and recognize ourselves—we arrive at the truth; we are more alike than different. The real “shit show” belongs to forces that wish to manipulate us through stereotyping and fear to keep us apart.

The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show is a city-to-city collaborative exhibit featuring over 60 recent contemporary arts and culture posters. The show serves as a survey of contemporary popular culture and cutting-edge design from the U.S., Cuba and Iran. Posters are organized into “triplets”—one from each city—that share something common, such as color, shape, or subject matter. This ambitious project seeks to unite three politically and geographically disparate cities through the arts and spark a lively exchange.

This show builds on two firsts: the first U.S.-Cuba, city-to-city design exchange since their 1959 revolution (The Seattle-Havana Poster Show, 2007), and the first U.S. exhibition of contemporary Iranian posters since their 1979 revolution (The Seattle-Tehran Poster Show, 2008). The responsible curators, Daniel R. Smith of Seattle, Iman Raad of Tehran and Pepe Menéndez of Havana now present a three-city “super” project. The exhibit premieres this September in Seattle before traveling to Iran and Cuba in 2016.

What does this SHT show look like?

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The Glove

Adam Vick

digital print, 12 x 18”

Seattle, 2014

Nelson Ponce _ CACa en el taller_web

CACa in the Workshop

Nelson Ponce

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2012

Erfan-Jamashidi-01_web

Portrait

Erfan Jamshidi

Digital print, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2015

The Glove

Adam Vick

digital print, 12 x 18”

Seattle, 2014

CACa in the Workshop

Nelson Ponce

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2012

Portrait

Erfan Jamshidi

Digital print, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2015

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Rose Windows

Shogo Ota

digital print, 15 x 23”

Seattle, 2012

Nelson Ponce _ Muestra de cine de Costa Rica_web

Costa Rican Film Program

Nelson Ponce

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

La Habana, 2013

Mohammadreza-Abdolali-01_web

Retail and Wholesale of Your Family Photos

Mohammadreza Abdolali

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2015

Rose Windows

Shogo Ota

digital print, 15 x 23”

Seattle, 2012

Costa Rican Film Program

Nelson Ponce

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

La Habana, 2013

Retail and Wholesale of Your Family Photos

Mohammadreza Abdolali

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2015

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Secret Chiefs 3

Andrew Crawshaw (Broken Press)

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2013

Untitled-2

South of the Border

Giselle Monzón

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2009

Alireza-Askarifar-01_web

Posters Allowed

Alireza Askarifar

silkscreen & stencil, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2013

Secret Chiefs 3

Andrew Crawshaw (Broken Press)

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2013

South of the Border

Giselle Monzón

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2009

Posters Allowed

Alireza Askarifar

silkscreen & stencil, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2013

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Dum Dum Girls

Joanna Wecht

silkscreen, 17.75 x 22.75”

Seattle, 2012

Michele Miyares _ Dulce dolor_web

Dulce dolor (Sweet Pain)

Michele Miyares

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2015

mahallati-sabzi_web

The End of Purity

Morteza Mahallati

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2011

Dum Dum Girls

Joanna Wecht

silkscreen, 17.75 x 22.75”

Seattle, 2012

Dulce dolor (Sweet Pain)

Michele Miyares

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2015

The End of Purity

Morteza Mahallati

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2011

Devon_OS MUTANTES_web

Os Mutantes

Devon Varmega

silkscreen, 20 x 26”

Seattle, 2008

Print

Premio de Composición (Prize in Composition)

Lyly Díaz

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2013

Masoud-Morgan-01

Bright Way Festival

Masoud Morgan

offset, 19 x 25”

Tehran, 2011

Os Mutantes

Devon Varmega

silkscreen, 20 x 26”

Seattle, 2008

Premio de Composición (Prize in Composition)

Lyly Díaz

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2013

Bright Way Festival

Masoud Morgan

offset, 19 x 25”

Tehran, 2011

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Bleachbear

Kelsey Gallo

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2014

Nelson Ponce _ Premio La Joven Estampa_web

Premio La Joven Estampa

Nelson Ponce

serigrafía, 19,5 x 27,5”

La Habana, 2009

Mehdi-Fatehi-02_web

Alefpa

Mehdi Fatehi

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2011

Bleachbear

Kelsey Gallo

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2014

Premio La Joven Estampa

Nelson Ponce

serigrafía, 19,5 x 27,5”

La Habana, 2009

Alefpa

Mehdi Fatehi

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2011

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A Family X-Mas

David Gallo

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2013

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La Casa de Bernarda Alba

Darwin Fornés

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2014

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Take Heed, Hold Fast the Rope of Mother Wit

Shahrzad Changalvaee

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2012

A Family X-Mas

David Gallo

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2013

La Casa de Bernarda Alba

Darwin Fornés

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2014

Take Heed, Hold Fast the Rope of Mother Wit

Shahrzad Changalvaee

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2012

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Orkestar Zirkonium, Corespondents & The Diminished Men

David Bratton

digital print, 15 x 23″

Seattle, 2012

Miyares Michele 19 Taller de la Crítica Cinematográfica Poster

19th National Film Crítics’ Workshop

Michele Miyares

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2013

Shahrzad Changalvaee Recent Photography Poster

Photography Exhibition of Mohammadreza Mirzaei

Shahrzad Changalvaee

digital print, 27.5 x 19.5”

Tehran, 2014

Orkestar Zirkonium, Corespondents & The Diminished Men

David Bratton

digital print, 15 x 23″

Seattle, 2012

19th National Film Crítics’ Workshop

Michele Miyares

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2013

Photography Exhibition of Mohammadreza Mirzaei

Shahrzad Changalvaee

digital print, 27.5 x 19.5”

Tehran, 2014

Jon Smith Ellie Goulding Poster

Ellie Goulding

Jon Smith

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2013

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Hippies

Fabian Muñoz

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

Home Delvaray Momayez Poster

The Individual Is Always the Exception (In Memoriam of Morteza Momayez)

Homa Delvaray

digital print, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2011

Ellie Goulding

Jon Smith

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2013

Hippies

Fabian Muñoz

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

The Individual Is Always the Exception (In Memoriam of Morteza Momayez)

Homa Delvaray

digital print, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2011

Sean Waple Tyler the Creator Poster

Tyler the Creator

Sean Waple (studio niterrant)

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2014

Eric Silva Justin Bieber Poster

Havana Affair

Eric Silva

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

babak-safari-poster-color

Suddenly a Dove

Babak Safari

digital print, 27.5 x 19.5”

Tehran, 2012

Tyler the Creator

Sean Waple (studio niterrant)

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2014

Havana Affair

Eric Silva

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

Suddenly a Dove

Babak Safari

digital print, 27.5 x 19.5”

Tehran, 2012

Darin Shuler Roaming Herds Poster

Roaming Herds of Buffalo

Darin Shuler

digital print, 11 x 17”

Seattle, 2012

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Lo que se sabe no se pregunta (What Everyone Knows Is Not Asked)

Giselle Monzón & Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5″

Havana, 2011

Mojtaba Adibi Poster

Mahmoud Azadnia Solo Show

Mojtaba Adibi

offset, 39.4 x 27.5″

Tehran, 2010

Roaming Herds of Buffalo

Darin Shuler

digital print, 11 x 17”

Seattle, 2012

Lo que se sabe no se pregunta (What Everyone Knows Is Not Asked)

Giselle Monzón & Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5″

Havana, 2011

Mahmoud Azadnia Solo Show

Mojtaba Adibi

offset, 39.4 x 27.5″

Tehran, 2010

pom-oldschool-sticker-poster-color

Piece of Mind

Shogo Ota (Modern Dog)

digital print, 15.5 x 20.5”

Seattle, 2010

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Los Repas

Michele Miyares

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5″

Havana, 2012

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Tarek Atrissi in Tehran

Mojtaba Adibi

digital print, 27.5 x 19.5”

Tehran, 2013

Piece of Mind

Shogo Ota (Modern Dog)

digital print, 15.5 x 20.5”

Seattle, 2010

Los Repas

Michele Miyares

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5″

Havana, 2012

Tarek Atrissi in Tehran

Mojtaba Adibi

digital print, 27.5 x 19.5”

Tehran, 2013

RUIZ_nojoy_web

No Joy

Carlos Ruiz

digital print, 11 x 17”

Seattle, 2009

Laura Llópiz + Carlos Zamora _ Viva la re evolución_web

Viva la Re evolución

Laura Llópiz and Carlos Zamora

silkscreen 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2009

Mohammadreza-Abdolali-02_web

The Dream I Had Still No Seen

Mohammadreza Abdolali

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2012

No Joy

Carlos Ruiz

digital print, 11 x 17”

Seattle, 2009

Viva la Re evolución

Laura Llópiz and Carlos Zamora

silkscreen 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2009

The Dream I Had Still No Seen

Mohammadreza Abdolali

offset, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2012

seanwaple_allsouls_web

All Souls

Sean Waple

digital print, 18 x 24.5”

Seattle, 2011

Darwin Fornés _ Para que cese_web

Para Que Cese la Lluvia

Darwin Fornés

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2013

Naghi-Vaseiy-01_web

Along with Ashuraeian

Naghi Vaseiy

offset, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2013

All Souls

Sean Waple

digital print, 18 x 24.5”

Seattle, 2011

Para Que Cese la Lluvia

Darwin Fornés

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2013

Along with Ashuraeian

Naghi Vaseiy

offset, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2013

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Blck Bird

Carlos Ruiz

Digital Print, 11 x 17”

Seattle, 2009

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Molaskine

Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2014

Shirin Poster final 03

Shirin Neshat, Women without Men

Reza Abedini

offset, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2014

Blck Bird

Carlos Ruiz

Digital Print, 11 x 17”

Seattle, 2009

Molaskine

Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2014

Shirin Neshat, Women without Men

Reza Abedini

offset, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2014

MODDOG_Okkervil_web

Okkervil River

Vittorio Costarella (Modern Dog)

silkscreen, 13.25 x 19”

Seattle, 2005

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Accidente

Darién Sánchez

silkscreen 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2008

 

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A Piece of Mandana’s Lost Speech in the Report of King Killing

Reza Babajani

offset, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2010

Okkervil River

Vittorio Costarella (Modern Dog)

silkscreen, 13.25 x 19”

Seattle, 2005

Accidente

Darién Sánchez

silkscreen 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2008

 

A Piece of Mandana’s Lost Speech in the Report of King Killing

Reza Babajani

offset, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2010

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Mudhoney

Shay Roth
silkscreen, 16 x 20”
Seattle, 2013

Garage_Idania del Rio_web

Garage Rendezvous

Idania del Rio

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2015

mojtaba-adibi-01_web

Mashhad Graphic Design Week

Mojtaba Adibi

digital print, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2011

Mudhoney

Shay Roth
silkscreen, 16 x 20”
Seattle, 2013

Garage Rendezvous

Idania del Rio

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2015

Mashhad Graphic Design Week

Mojtaba Adibi

digital print, 19.5 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2011

Archers_posterFINAL

Archers of Loaf

Jeff Kleinsmith (Patent Pending)

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2011

Rastas_Idania del Rio_web

Rastas

Idania del Rio

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

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The First Mezh Art Group Exhibition

Aliagha Hosseinipour

digital print, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2013

Archers of Loaf

Jeff Kleinsmith (Patent Pending)

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2011

Rastas

Idania del Rio

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

The First Mezh Art Group Exhibition

Aliagha Hosseinipour

digital print, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2013

Print

Sound Garden at Mansfield

Ames Bros

silkscreen, 16 x 26”

Seattle, 2014

Mola_Los mangos de Caín_web

Los Mangös de Caïn

Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2015

Print

Not Only Beauty Defines the Quality, (Standard Image)

Homa Delvaray

digital print, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2010

Sound Garden at Mansfield

Ames Bros

silkscreen, 16 x 26”

Seattle, 2014

Los Mangös de Caïn

Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2015

Not Only Beauty Defines the Quality, (Standard Image)

Homa Delvaray

digital print, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2010

Blondie2

Blondie at Marymoor

Ames Bros

silkscreen, 20 x 26”

Seattle, 2013

Raupa_Metaleros_web

Metaleros

Raúl González (Raupa)

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

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Jewelry as Sculpture 2

Mehdi Fatehi

silkscreen, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2014

Blondie at Marymoor

Ames Bros

silkscreen, 20 x 26”

Seattle, 2013

Metaleros

Raúl González (Raupa)

silkscreen, 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

Jewelry as Sculpture 2

Mehdi Fatehi

silkscreen, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2014

LeDoux_DCFC5_poster_web

Death Cab for Cutie

Jesse LeDoux

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2005

edel_mola_Caligula_web

Calígula

Robertiko Ramos y Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

HAYAFinal

Haya Silkscreen Studio

Farhad Fozouni

silkscreen, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie

Jesse LeDoux

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2005

Calígula

Robertiko Ramos y Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen 27.5 x 19.5”

Havana, 2012

Haya Silkscreen Studio

Farhad Fozouni

silkscreen, 39.4 x 27.5”

Tehran, 2015

Lundberg_nudePoster_web

Nude

Chad Lundberg

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2012

Edel_el_Cuerpo copy_web

En el Cuerpo Equivocada

Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2014

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TrunKated, 2nd Episode, Solo Show by Bita Fayyazi

Iman Raad

digital print, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2013

Nude

Chad Lundberg

silkscreen, 18 x 24”

Seattle, 2012

En el Cuerpo Equivocada

Edel Rodríguez (Mola)

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2014

TrunKated, 2nd Episode, Solo Show by Bita Fayyazi

Iman Raad

digital print, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2013

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Sleighbells at the Market

Chelsea Wirtz

digital print, 14 x 24”

Seattle, 2012

Pepe Menéndez _ A Estorino_lightened_web

A Estorino. Parecen carteles

Pepe Menéndez

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2015

KHODASHENAS MOHAMMAD_web

Amirali Ghasemi

Mohammad Khodashenas

silkscreen, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2008

Sleighbells at the Market

Chelsea Wirtz

digital print, 14 x 24”

Seattle, 2012

A Estorino. Parecen carteles

Pepe Menéndez

silkscreen, 19.5 x 27.5”

Havana, 2015

Amirali Ghasemi

Mohammad Khodashenas

silkscreen, 27.5 x 39.4”

Tehran, 2008

Who contributed to
this SHT show?

When does this
SHT show get started?

Seattle

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Bumbershoot

September 4, 3pm-8pm (free public preview)

September 5-7, 1:30pm-9pm (festival ticket required)

www.bumbershoot.com

 

International Fountain Pavilion, Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Havana

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Opens 5:00pm as part of Havana’s Festival del Cartel (Poster Festival) at Centro Hispanoamericano de CulturaMalecón 17 between Prado & Capdevila streets, Havana, Cuba  

Tehran

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Who gives a SHT show?

Designer Dan Smith Designer Dan Smith

Daniel R. Smith

Seattle

I began this exhibit series nearly 10 years ago by reaching out to designers who seemed beyond knowing; who inhabited a world apart from mine. Today I present them as friends. Over the years, some of our political barriers have fallen while others seem intractable. All the same we are drawn together out of a desire to share and inspire each other. But this exchange isn’t for us alone. It’s never been simpler to meet someone on the other side of the planet, to find someone with similar interests. Design connects the artists represented in this gallery, but there are so many more possibilities. When you see this show, my hope is that you’ll walk away thinking “I can do that.” Because whatever your passion is, there’s someone in Sudan, Pine Ridge, Reykjavik, Johannesburg, Chiapas who can relate. I hope you find them, work with them, and share the results with us.

Designer Pepe Menendez Designer Pepe Menendez

Pepe Menéndez

Havana

When I try to find what Seattle, La Habana and Tehran have in common, only two rather insignificant things occur to me: they all belong to the northern hemisphere and have at least one letter ‘a’ when written with western typography. So the common denominator of these three cities is, at this precise moment and here at Bumbershoot, poster art!

What can I say about the posters from La Habana? They are representative of our current work created for the city’s cultural events. We are a small design community made up of young people with high spirits—as Latinos usually are—and we are very close; we are almost all graduates from the same university who have a great passion for poster art. We live on a hot island full of music and passion where it seems political history always sets us at decisive crossroads.

It is a great opportunity to share the walls of this exhibition with the posters from Seattle and from Tehran, and to learn—through them—about their creators and respective cultures. I don’t know if I will ever visit those two cities; I hope that our works will be good ambassadors.

curator-iman-raad-bw Designer Iman Raad

Iman Raad

Tehran

A poster is not merely an image. It’s a mirror, reflecting the mind of its designer, by extension, the culture of a nation. The common visual themes among the works from these three cities tell of what is shared among their peoples. While Seattle, Havana, and Tehran vastly differ in geography and politics, the exhibit displays all the commonalities that have been eclipsed by those differences.

In Iran of the past fifty years, poster design has earned a highly-regarded place as the nexus of traditional and modern art. Viewing this exhibit reveals a confidence rooted in the historical precedence having met an enthusiasm to find a new expression. The posters of Tehran indicate, albeit haphazardly, the great yearning and eagerness for a progressive transformation. Contemporary Iranian posters are the most notable space for the renewed interpretation of Persian calligraphy—an art form with its own unique and beloved space in the Persian realm.

This exhibit gives an opportunity for a dialogue among three cities, thereby three nations, with the promise that the delight in such a conversation will lead them to learn from and inspire each other.

Tell me more about
this SHT show.

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    SHT Show Photo Essay by Melanie Masson—the Seattle Edition

    Huge thanks to photographer Melanie Masson for volunteering to document Seattle (in the midst of a construction boom) and a few of its designers. The premier SHT Show at Seattle Center featured a looping slideshow with photos from Havana, Tehran, and those cities’ designers. Now that the exhibit is hitting the road, we realized it was time to turn the camera on ourselves. She captured iconic images of our city—the gorgeous and the mundane—to share with Cuban and Iranian audiences. The Seattle designers she photographed include Kelsey & David Gallow at Fogland Studios (above), Jeff Kleinsmith & Sasha Barr at Sub Pop, Coby Schultz & Barry Ament at Ames Bros, Chelsea Wirtz, C.M. Ruiz & Derek Vander Griend at Wesley School for Girls. Melanie is traveling to Havana for the SHT Show opening on April 26, camera in hand. We look forward to sharing more of her photos soon.

    Huge thanks to photographer Melanie Masson for volunteering to document Seattle (in the midst of a construction boom) and a few of its designers. The premier SHT Show at Seattle Center featured a looping slideshow with photos from Havana, Tehran, and those cities’ designers. Now that the exhibit is hitting the road, we realized it was time to turn the camera on ourselves. She captured iconic images of our city—the gorgeous and the mundane—to share with Cuban and Iranian audiences. The Seattle designers she photographed include Kelsey & David Gallow at Fogland Studios (above), Jeff Kleinsmith & Sasha Barr at Sub Pop, Coby Schultz & Barry Ament at Ames Bros, Chelsea Wirtz, C.M. Ruiz & Derek Vander Griend at Wesley School for Girls. Melanie is traveling to Havana for the SHT Show opening on April 26, camera in hand. We look forward to sharing more of her photos soon.

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    The SHT Show Opens in Havana April 26

    Our Cuba opening as part of Havana’s Festival del Cartel is coming up fast! The show kicks off with an opening party starting 5pm at a prominent gallery on the waterfront, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, Malecón 17, between Prado & Capdevila Streets, Havana, Cuba. In addition to the exhibit, curators Smith and Menéndez will also give a talk about their collaboration at 10 a.m., April 27 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) in the Edificio de Arte Universal: Hemiciclo (Universal Art Building). A group of about 15 Seattle designers and exhibit supporters will travel to Havana for the opening and have a number of projects of their own—including the mounting of two Seattle-only poster shows at Clandestina and running a free solar-powered silkscreen workshop on Saturday April 30. More information can be found on The SHT Show’s Facebook page.

    Photo © Morgen Schuler

    Our Cuba opening as part of Havana’s Festival del Cartel is coming up fast! The show kicks off with an opening party starting 5pm at a prominent gallery on the waterfront, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, Malecón 17, between Prado & Capdevila Streets, Havana, Cuba. In addition to the exhibit, curators Smith and Menéndez will also give a talk about their collaboration at 10 a.m., April 27 at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) in the Edificio de Arte Universal: Hemiciclo (Universal Art Building). A group of about 15 Seattle designers and exhibit supporters will travel to Havana for the opening and have a number of projects of their own—including the mounting of two Seattle-only poster shows at Clandestina and running a free solar-powered silkscreen workshop on Saturday April 30. More information can be found on The SHT Show’s Facebook page.

    Photo © Morgen Schuler

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    Seattle Opening Is This Friday 3-8pm

    Don’t miss the inaugural opening of the SHT show in Seattle. This Friday is Bumbershoot’s  free arts preview, 3-8pm, inside the Seattle Center’s International Fountain Pavilion, no festival ticket required. Come early! At 3pm Daniel & Pepe will conduct a curator’s walk through of the exhibit, speaking about their process and taking questions. The show is only up through Monday, Labor Day, before traveling to Havana and Tehran in 2016.

    Don’t miss the inaugural opening of the SHT show in Seattle. This Friday is Bumbershoot’s  free arts preview, 3-8pm, inside the Seattle Center’s International Fountain Pavilion, no festival ticket required. Come early! At 3pm Daniel & Pepe will conduct a curator’s walk through of the exhibit, speaking about their process and taking questions. The show is only up through Monday, Labor Day, before traveling to Havana and Tehran in 2016.

  4. Cubans! Iranians! Sub Pop Invites You to Listen

    Sarah Cass of Seattle’s own record label Sub Pop, has created a special playlist for our friends abroad. Included in her playlist are at least three bands featured in exhibit posters from Seattle: Mudhoney, Dum Dum Girls, and Rose Windows. Have a listen:

    “Before I ever worked at Sub Pop, lived in Seattle, became involved in the Northwest music scene, or even discovered Sub Pop, there was the music: this music. I heard bands through mix CDs and tapes passed between friends, and they got me interested in this place, this label, this scene that has become so much a part of my life—a part of my life that I treasure. I want to pass these songs along to anyone else out there, in search of good music to listen to, connect to, experience. These are songs that have meant so much to me over the years, and they are ripe for new discovery all the time, as well as ideal for listening to day after day after day. I would like to pass these songs along to listeners in Havana and Tehran who might not know Seattle, Sub Pop, and our music, as well as to those seasoned experts, as an offering of what it is that makes us love where we live and our vibrant music and arts community.”

    —Sarah Cass

    Sarah Cass of Seattle’s own record label Sub Pop, has created a special playlist for our friends abroad. Included in her playlist are at least three bands featured in exhibit posters from Seattle: Mudhoney, Dum Dum Girls, and Rose Windows. Have a listen:

    “Before I ever worked at Sub Pop, lived in Seattle, became involved in the Northwest music scene, or even discovered Sub Pop, there was the music: this music. I heard bands through mix CDs and tapes passed between friends, and they got me interested in this place, this label, this scene that has become so much a part of my life—a part of my life that I treasure. I want to pass these songs along to anyone else out there, in search of good music to listen to, connect to, experience. These are songs that have meant so much to me over the years, and they are ripe for new discovery all the time, as well as ideal for listening to day after day after day. I would like to pass these songs along to listeners in Havana and Tehran who might not know Seattle, Sub Pop, and our music, as well as to those seasoned experts, as an offering of what it is that makes us love where we live and our vibrant music and arts community.”

    —Sarah Cass

  5. Michele Miyares _ Dulce dolor_web2

    ¿Carteles sin música?

    Todos los carteles de Seattle en este “SHT Show” son de su muy concurrida escena de rock. Cuba es conocida por sus ritmos contagiosos y bailes sensuales. Teherán seguramente tiene también un fuerte carácter musical, mezcla de tradiciones y sonoridades contemporáneas. ¡Pero ninguno de los carteles muestra un instrumento o una nota musical! Salvo un pequeño clarinete que la cubana Michele Miyares dejó caer en una esquina de su cartel sobre crítica de cine…

    Parece que los diseñadores evitan mostrar la imagen de los instrumentos, o estarán ya cansados de ellos. Hay pájaros que presumiblemente cantan, pies que suenan al andar y los rostros de dos notables voces femeninas, Blondie y Celia Cruz. Hay gestos de dolor, estampidas de caballos y composiciones que parecen sonar alto: la música no está en los instrumentos sino en el color y la forma de estos carteles.

    Todos los carteles de Seattle en este “SHT Show” son de su muy concurrida escena de rock. Cuba es conocida por sus ritmos contagiosos y bailes sensuales. Teherán seguramente tiene también un fuerte carácter musical, mezcla de tradiciones y sonoridades contemporáneas. ¡Pero ninguno de los carteles muestra un instrumento o una nota musical! Salvo un pequeño clarinete que la cubana Michele Miyares dejó caer en una esquina de su cartel sobre crítica de cine…

    Parece que los diseñadores evitan mostrar la imagen de los instrumentos, o estarán ya cansados de ellos. Hay pájaros que presumiblemente cantan, pies que suenan al andar y los rostros de dos notables voces femeninas, Blondie y Celia Cruz. Hay gestos de dolor, estampidas de caballos y composiciones que parecen sonar alto: la música no está en los instrumentos sino en el color y la forma de estos carteles.

  6. Designer Pepe Menendez

    Cuban Co-curator Pepe Menéndez in Seattle

    We’re thrilled to announce that SHT Show co-curator Pepe Menéndez will travel to Seattle for Bumbershoot from Cuba. Pepe, aka José Alberto Menéndez Sigarroa, is both a graphic designer and curator of design projects. He’s a graduate of Havana’s ISDI, Instituto Superior de Diseño Industrial, and has been the Design Director of Casa de las Américas since 1999, one of Cuba’s most significant cultural institutions. In 2007 Menéndez founded CACa, Club de Amigos del Cartel (Friends of the Poster Club), an informal yet serious space in which the new generation of Cuban poster artists meet to interact, discuss, challenge, and learn from one another.

    According to Pepe “I frequently present Cuban posters to the public in Havana and other cities worldwide. But I have never participated in an idea like SHT Show: posters from three cities so distant from each other! It’s been a challenge to find visual relations in the contemporary creations of Seattle, Tehran and Havana to create these ‘triplets,’ but the challenge was great fun.”

    Pepe was co-curator of The Seattle-Havana Poster Show which opened at Bumbershoot in 2007 before traveling to Havana’s El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV) in 2008. This will be Pepe’s first visit to Seattle. Details of an curator’s tour with both Pepe to be announced soon. Thanks to Humanities Washington and Tether for supporting Pepe’s visit.

    We’re thrilled to announce that SHT Show co-curator Pepe Menéndez will travel to Seattle for Bumbershoot from Cuba. Pepe, aka José Alberto Menéndez Sigarroa, is both a graphic designer and curator of design projects. He’s a graduate of Havana’s ISDI, Instituto Superior de Diseño Industrial, and has been the Design Director of Casa de las Américas since 1999, one of Cuba’s most significant cultural institutions. In 2007 Menéndez founded CACa, Club de Amigos del Cartel (Friends of the Poster Club), an informal yet serious space in which the new generation of Cuban poster artists meet to interact, discuss, challenge, and learn from one another.

    According to Pepe “I frequently present Cuban posters to the public in Havana and other cities worldwide. But I have never participated in an idea like SHT Show: posters from three cities so distant from each other! It’s been a challenge to find visual relations in the contemporary creations of Seattle, Tehran and Havana to create these ‘triplets,’ but the challenge was great fun.”

    Pepe was co-curator of The Seattle-Havana Poster Show which opened at Bumbershoot in 2007 before traveling to Havana’s El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV) in 2008. This will be Pepe’s first visit to Seattle. Details of an curator’s tour with both Pepe to be announced soon. Thanks to Humanities Washington and Tether for supporting Pepe’s visit.

  7. SHT Show Spotify Soundtrack Supercharged

    Long-running KEXP DJ Quilty 3000. has deftly coerced a solid selection of Northwest faves into our Spotify playlist. Her picks, ranging from Hendrix to Tacocat, complete the Seattle-Havana-Tehran musical triumvirate. Our list, previously loaded with gems from Havana and Tehran by KEXP’s WoPop Dj Darek Mazzone, will serve as our Bumbershoot exhibit soundtrack. Play their selects on shuffle and embrace the urge to wear flannel while sipping a Cuba Libre and eating a kebab.

    Long-running KEXP DJ Quilty 3000. has deftly coerced a solid selection of Northwest faves into our Spotify playlist. Her picks, ranging from Hendrix to Tacocat, complete the Seattle-Havana-Tehran musical triumvirate. Our list, previously loaded with gems from Havana and Tehran by KEXP’s WoPop Dj Darek Mazzone, will serve as our Bumbershoot exhibit soundtrack. Play their selects on shuffle and embrace the urge to wear flannel while sipping a Cuba Libre and eating a kebab.

  8. bumbershoot

    Why We Love Bumbershoot

    Bumbershoot, Seattle’s largest music and and arts festival, officially announced today that The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show will be part of its 2015 arts line-up. Coming on the heels of the recent “Iran Deal” and the synched openings U.S. and Cuban embassies in each other’s countries, we’re thrilled to usher in a new spirit of mutual cooperation by bringing current work by designers from Iran and Cuba to Seattle. This series was founded by individuals working together cross-culturally to promote understanding—despite any barriers—and the response from Bumbershoot audiences has always been overwhelmingly positive.

    It’s wonderfully satisfying when Bumbershoot visitors see art from Iran and Cuba for the first time. The posters may be foreign, even illegible, but their images—the impressions they make—underline our commonalities. The crafted visuals reinforce our humanity, our universal desire to express something important, profound or just plain funny. The initial impression may be of something foreign, but the takeaway is an appreciation of those behind the work, an invisible audience we may never meet but can wholeheartedly agree with in a moment of mutual seeing.

    Bumbershoot, Seattle’s largest music and and arts festival, officially announced today that The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show will be part of its 2015 arts line-up. Coming on the heels of the recent “Iran Deal” and the synched openings U.S. and Cuban embassies in each other’s countries, we’re thrilled to usher in a new spirit of mutual cooperation by bringing current work by designers from Iran and Cuba to Seattle. This series was founded by individuals working together cross-culturally to promote understanding—despite any barriers—and the response from Bumbershoot audiences has always been overwhelmingly positive.

    It’s wonderfully satisfying when Bumbershoot visitors see art from Iran and Cuba for the first time. The posters may be foreign, even illegible, but their images—the impressions they make—underline our commonalities. The crafted visuals reinforce our humanity, our universal desire to express something important, profound or just plain funny. The initial impression may be of something foreign, but the takeaway is an appreciation of those behind the work, an invisible audience we may never meet but can wholeheartedly agree with in a moment of mutual seeing.

  9. Havana-Tehran Playlist

    Curated especially for The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show, DJ Darek Mazzone has assembled selections of music from both Havana and Tehran-based artists. Darek hosts a long-running world music show on Seattle’s KEXP called Wo Pop every Tuesday night. You can learn more about Darek’s background, career, and his show, Wo Pop here.

    We recommend listening to this playlist on shuffle! Keep an eye out for more Seattle-Havana-Tehran playlists coming soon…

    Curated especially for The Seattle-Havana-Tehran Poster Show, DJ Darek Mazzone has assembled selections of music from both Havana and Tehran-based artists. Darek hosts a long-running world music show on Seattle’s KEXP called Wo Pop every Tuesday night. You can learn more about Darek’s background, career, and his show, Wo Pop here.

    We recommend listening to this playlist on shuffle! Keep an eye out for more Seattle-Havana-Tehran playlists coming soon…

  10. Ardan Erguven exhibition poster

    FAQ: Why No Istanbul?

    in Seattle

    Great question. We love Istanbul, some of our best friends are Istanbulites. That city is incredible. In fact you should check out the poster work by our friend Ardan Ergüven.

    Three cities is already a handful, though. And what a mixed bag! Seattle with its nonstop rock ’n’ roll posters, The Havana posters look super wild with blood spurting and body parts everywhere, then Tehran…no idea what those posters say but aren’t they amazing?

    Maybe we’ll do Istanbul next year. We’d love to include designers from Imotski, Incheon, Invercargill, Iquitos, Irkutsk, Islamabad, Iwojima, or even Izobamba soon. This year, however, we’re just trying to keep our S-H-T together.

    Great question. We love Istanbul, some of our best friends are Istanbulites. That city is incredible. In fact you should check out the poster work by our friend Ardan Ergüven.

    Three cities is already a handful, though. And what a mixed bag! Seattle with its nonstop

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Who do we have to thank
for this SHT show?

  • Tether

    Tether is an independently owned creative agency headquartered in Seattle, WA, with a studio in Portland, OR, that helps brands remember who they are and discover who they can become. Tether creates experiential, lifestyle brands through storytelling at every consumer touch point—an approach that uses emotional connection to trigger action and a loyal following. Tether provides advertising, branding, environmental, packaging, retail and industrial design, digital and interactive services for more than 50 clients in more than 25 countries.

  • AIGA Seattle

    American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

  • Girlie Press

    Girlie Press Inc. is a full-service commercial print shop, founded in 1995. Girlie offers offset, letterpress and digital printing and is conveniently located on the east side of Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

  • Neenah Paper

    Neenah Paper is recognized as a world-class manufacturer of premium writing, text, cover, specialty and private watermark papers. Neenah Paper is entirely focused on the premium paper market to meet the needs of designers, consumers, printers and merchants and ensure that paper remains a vital and vibrant medium of expression.

  • Vije

    The Vije School of Visual Communications was established ten years ago in Tehran as an art school and center for professional education in graphic design, visual and marketing communications by some of Iran’s leading experts. Over the years, Vije has held more than 70 courses, had a total enrollment of more than 4,000 students, held many graphic design exhibitions by famous Iranian and foreign artists, Q&A sessions with experts, and events for veterans.

  • Humanities Washington

    Humanities Washington is the state’s flagship non-profit for promoting and providing programs based in the humanities. Since 1973, Humanities Washington has provided a rich array of programs, exhibits, and experiences to hundreds of thousands of people across the state.