National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 3

“Art That Inspires Us to Vote”

Illustrations by Mai Ly DegnanRudy GutierrezAnita KunzTim O’BrienWhitney Sherman, and Yuko Shimizu

One of the most famous American painters and illustrators, Norman Rockwell produced pithy artwork to promote democracy and civic engagement in his time. Now, a museum in Massachusetts dedicated to him asked artists to design “get out the vote” posters for 2020.
Source: The Norman Rockwell Museum wants you to vote, and recruited top illustrators to inspire you – CNN

“The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard.
Inspired by the rich and continuing tradition of American illustration, this project inspires us to consider the integral role that published imagery plays in creating cultural narratives which connect us to our times.”  ~The Unity Project

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June 30~ Pride Month

Andy Warhol and Jed Johnson

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The celebrated designer Jed Johnson, who died tragically in 1996 in the crash of TWA Flight 800…first met artist Andy Warhol when he was hired to sweep the floors at Warhol’s famous factory. He would go on to become Warhol’s companion and lover—helping him find and decorate the East 66th Street townhouse where Johnson and the artist lived until the two split in 1976… ~curbed.com/

Jed Johnson and Archie by Andy Warhol
c.1975 / Polaroid prints / Private collection
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
1978-87 / Gelatin silver print / Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Jed Johnson by Andy Warhol
c.1978 / Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen / The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

January 26, 1950~ The Constitution of the Republic of India comes into effect

Title page of the Constitution of India
(original calligraphed and illuminated version)

Designed and illustrated by artists from Shantiniketan including Beohar Rammanohar Sinha and Nandalal Bose,
calligraphy by Prem Behari Narain Raizada

1949 / Ink on parchment / 234 23”x18” manuscript pages / Library of the Parliament of India, New Delhi

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Previous January 26 posts:

Winter~ January 26

January 26 (music)~

Barbara Kruger: Born January 26, 1945

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/26~

September 19, 1947~ Jackie Robinson is first winner of MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award

Jackie Robinson Rookie Card by Leaf Gum Co, Chicago, IL

1948-1949 / Commercial chromolithograph / 2 7/8”x2 3/8” / Various collections, incl. The Met

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“Baseball Cards in the Jefferson R. Burdick Collection”~ https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ball/hd_ball.htm

In 1948 Bowman Gum, the descendant of the makers of the Play Ball cards, issued its first baseball issue. While not terribly good looking, these small black-and-white cards started the baseball card industry as we now know it. Bowman sold their cards with a stick of bubble gum. In the successive years, Bowman’s cards become more and more attractive. Their 1951 issue is extremely attractive and includes the Rookie Cards (first year cards) of baseball greats, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. In 1948-1949 Leaf produced a set that is popular today. These Leafs are quite ugly, but includes many ‘short prints’ (cards rarer than the other cards in the issue). http://www.cycleback.com/1800s/briefhistory.htm

Previous September 19 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 19

Arthur Rackham: Born September 19, 1867

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/19~

August 28, 1917~ 10 Suffragists Arrested While Picketing at the White House

Votes for Women by Bertha Margaret Boyé*

1911 / Lithographic poster / 23”x15 1/2” / Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute

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Picketing for Suffrage~ https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/august-28/

* I found very little biographical information on Bertha Margaret Boyé on the web. I did find this pdf file, where a bio appears [p.37 of the pdf , which is p.330 of the book the file was made from]. File does not download automatically; you can read it in your browser.
http://www.tfaoi.com/cm/10cm/10cm99.pdf

Previous August 28 posts:

Self Portraits~August 28

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/28~