Alfredo Jaar, Aesthetic Apparatus, Rafael Esquer

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Alfredo Jaar
Portland, Ore.-based design/typography firm Plazm Media, in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, is hosting a lecture by Chilean artist and social activist Alfredo Jaar, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. Entitled "Alfredo Jaar: It is Difficult," Jaar's lecture will focus on his work and philosophy, as well as on the social responsibility of his craft. Included will be a presentation of his selected work over the last 20 years, ranging from film to performance to images of his public projects around the world. Call the Pacific Northwest College of Art, 503-226-4391, for more info.

The AIGA Minnesota Chapter and The Walker Art Center present an Insights 2004 Graphic Design Lecture Series at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, featuring Michael Byzewski and Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus. Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m. "What began in Madison, Wis., as a sideline venture producing silk-screen posters for local band P'Elvis has evolved into Aesthetic Apparatus, a two-person design studio operating from Minneapolis with a nationwide clientele. A bold use of eclectic typography, a free-floating compositional simplicity and a seemingly endless supply of found imagery constitute the design elements of their coveted limited-edition posters for bands such as Har Mar Superstar, Mark Mallman, Atmosphere, Wire, Mission of Burma, Lydia Lunch and the Meat Puppets. See or call 612-375-7622 for more info.

Next in the AIGA New York's series of Small Talks is "Rafael Esquer: Design Nomad." A native of Mexico's Sonora Desert, Esquer "designs everything from uniforms for Olympic athletes (with Eiko Ishioka) to CD covers for Björk and canvas bags for collecting clothes for the needy. Other work: websites for corporate clients and logos/campaigns like NYC's 311." Thursday, March 11, at Pratt Institute's Manhattan campus, 144 W. 14th St., 6:30-8 p.m. See for more info.

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