Innovation & Inspiration: Advertising in the Golden Age of Travel
Innovation & Inspiration features more than 20 original lithographs dating from the early 20th century though the 1950s, when lithographic prints became mainstream and promoted leisure travel.
Posters transport visitors to a time when luxurious ocean liners crossed the Atlantic, and steam-trains sped over tracks across the European continent—a time when "getting there" was more than half the fun.
As railroads, ocean liners, and eventually, mass airline travel sprang up, lithographic poster art became a marvel in its own right. Jules Cheret, widely considered the "father of the poster," devised the "three stone process" that made mass production of large color lithographs possible for the first time. Cheret’s breakthrough allowed artists to achieve complex colors with as little as three stones—usually red, yellow and blue—printed in careful registration in individual runs through the press. Through commissions, masters of the printmaking technique created posters that became exquisite fixtures in kiosks and train stations across America and Europe.
The exhibit reflects the growth of the lithographic poster, its impact on the emerging international travel industry, and celebrates the adventure, beauty and wanderlust of the early days of luxury travel.
Art Walk, Fort Point’s Spring Open Studios
May 10, 4-7pm
May 11 and 12, 12-5pm
Get up close and personal with Boston’s art scene during the Fort Point Arts Community’s Spring Open Studios, May 10-12, 2013. The 13th Annual Art Walk features open access to the waterfront warehouses that have become the creative home base to many area painters, photographers, ceramicists, fashion designers, printmakers, and more.
Visitors can soak up Boston in springtime while strolling through 10 buildings around Fort Point and exploring more than 75 studios, galleries, and creative design shops—including our Innovation & Inspiration exhibit. Local artists and craftspeople will be on site to share and sell their original artwork and provide insight to their creative processes. A series of special events including artists’ demonstrations, performances and hands-on activities will also take place throughout the weekend.
The Art Walk is open to the public with free parking in the Central Parking Lot on Binford Street. Grand Circle Gallery will have extended hours until 7pm on Friday, May 10.
Reception details for Points of View: Visions of Travel and Community
Monday, February 25th, 2013
You and your friends are invited to a special documentary screening in celebration of Grand Circle Gallery’s current exhibit, Points of View: Visions of Travel and Community. We’re showcasing the work of student/artists from two Grand Circle Foundation-supported nonprofits that use visual arts to empower urban disadvantaged youth in Boston. You’ll hear from Global Potential (GP) youth and view two short documentaries focusing on their community development work in education and clean water. Following the discussion, we welcome you to join us for an “after party” with additional members of GP at the Gallery after 5:00 pm.
Fort Point Holiday Stroll
Friday, December 14, 2012, 4-8pm
Join Grand Circle Gallery on December 14 for a festive neighborhood-wide event around Boston’s Fort Point Channel. Local artists will have pieces for sale, and area galleries, bakeries, and shops will offer discounted shopping and snacks. It’s a festive evening and a fun way to take care of all your holiday shopping in one neighborhood!
Grand Circle Gallery will have extended hours until 8pm, so you’ll have extra time to browse our new exhibit Points of View. Select pieces in the show will be for available for purchase, and proceeds support worldwide youth community ventures coordinated by one of our partner non-profit organizations, Global Potential. Student artists from the organization will give tours of the exhibit and share the stories behind their pieces. We’ll also have complimentary treats and refreshments, along with maps of our participating neighbors.
Points of View Opening Party
Saturday, December 1, 5pm
Come celebrate the opening of Grand Circle Gallery’s latest exhibit, Points of View: Visions of Travel and Community with the student artists on Saturday evening, December 1.
In this compelling exhibit, a diverse group of young people from Boston who work with two Grand Circle Foundation-supported non-profits—Global Potential and West End House—set out to explore self-identification and bring awareness to social inequality through photography and videography.
At the exhibit opening, student artists will be at Grand Circle Gallery to speak with visitors about their artwork and how Global Potential and West End House have helped them develop a new perception of themselves. Select pieces will be for available for purchase by donation, and proceeds will support Global Potential and their youth community ventures.
Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This event is open to the public.
Points of View: Visions of Travel and Community
Opens November 28, 2012
Individual images can evoke cultural and social connotations that extend far beyond the borders of a page. In Points of View, young people from different communities around the world set out to explore self-identification and social inequality through photography and videography. Their pieces document more than 20 youth-led community projects, which deal with cultural identity and social change in Boston and overseas.
High school students who contributed pieces to this provocative exhibit participate in two non-profit organizations that use visual arts as a medium to empower urban youth from low-income communities. Global Potential fosters leadership and social entrepreneurial skills in high-school students around the world. For Points of View, the organization’s students from Boston and New York traveled to rural villages in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and collaborated on photo- and video-journalism pieces that compare their role in communities at home and abroad.
Students from West End House, an independent Boys and Girls Club in Boston that works with immigrant and urban youth, took a more local look at identity with photographs that focus on diversity, self-perception, and community. The young artists represent nine schools, five neighborhoods, and ten countries.
Every Four Years
A Look Back at Presidential Campaigns through Photography & Posters
September 19–November 17, 2012
Whether you lean right, left, or somewhere in between, election seasons have the power to stir up feelings of patriotism, passion, and even nostalgia. As current debates on campaign spending and voter rights call attention to the elections of the past, Grand Circle Gallery and the Robert Klein Gallery of Boston present a look back at presidential campaigns in Every Four Years.
Through vintage photographs and prints from the 1948 to 2008, this collaborative exhibit explores the public and private sides of presidential candidates, as well as pivotal moments in voting and Civil Rights for Americans over the years. Campaign posters from the Library of Congress and an annotated presidential timeline round out the retrospective.
View a video about this exhibit:
Air France in Every Sky
Vintage Airline Travel Posters
September 19–November 17, 2012
From 1933 until 1958, Air France flew under the motto “Dans tous les ciels” (“In every sky”). The line first served to highlight the airline’s network between France and its colonies. By 1948, Air France operated one of the largest fleets in the world, traveling beyond Francophone destinations into skies around the world.
In Air France in Every Sky, Grand Circle Gallery presents our exclusive collection of promotional posters from this era of the airline. Vintage designs ranging from North Africa to South Americacapture Western European perceptions of the world and travel in the first half of the 20th century.
Fort Point Arts Community's 33rd Annual OPEN STUDIOS
Friday Preview: Oct. 19th: 4-7pm
Saturday and Sunday Oct. 20th & 21st 12-6pm
We are thrilled to participate in this year’s Open Studios weekend.
Explore more than 150 artists’ studios in Fort Point’s historic warehouse buildings. See amazing public art, visit galleries, ask questions. Stroll, ponder and browse. Savor the experience. And buy original art from the people who make it.
Free to the public
Free parking, thanks to Gillette/P&G
Visit the historic waterfront warehouses that are home to painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers, and more. Meet local artists and craftspeople, and get a behind the scenes look at where Boston artists create their work. Find established artists, and discover new emerging talents.
Visitors to Open Studios can explore 10 buildings in the Fort Point neighborhood, plus galleries and creative design shops. All buildings are in easy walking distance of each other. Free participatory art-making activities for all ages will take place on the 1st floor at Midway Studios artists building at 15 Channel Center Street. A members Group Show will be on display at The FPAC Gallery in the Artists' Building at 300 Summer Street.
In addition to art by more than 150 artists and galleries which will be open, Open Studios features a series of special events
- Artists’ Demonstrations
- Public Art Installations
More at Fort Point Arts Community
Getting There: Design for Travel in the Modern Age
May 11-September 15, 2012
In the early 20th century, vacations focused as much on the journey as the destination. State-of-the-art maritime ships and comfortable sleeper cars were attractions in themselves, and a plane aisle was a place to see and be seen. But when we look back on this “Golden Age of Travel,” are we simply romanticizing clever marketing campaigns? And in a new democratized travel era, where does the design of passenger vessels and vehicles have to go?
Getting There, a collaborative exhibit with Design Museum Boston, explored how design affects experiences of traveling by ship, train, and plane. Vintage travel posters, contemporary photographs, and future design plans compared images of the past and present with dreams for future enterprises, while 3-D displays offered a glimpse into the evolution of travel outfits and accessories.
If you missed Getting There at Grand Circle Gallery, the exhibit will move to an open-ended run at Boston’s Logan Airport in Terminal E, beginning November 16, 2012
UNITE at Grand Circle Gallery
June 20th, 6:30PM
Thank to everyone who joined us for UNITE with Design Museum Boston. From enjoying food, drinks from our friends at Harpoon, and socialized while checking out our exhibition, Getting There: Design for Travel in the Modern Age. We also had some very special guests in attendance: the actual people behind some of the projects we featured in the exhibition!
Design Your Own Vintage Travel Poster: Student Poster Designs
May 11-June 30, 2012
Grand Circle Gallery was thrilled to host its second annual juried student poster design competition. Grand Circle Gallery presented an exhibit of the winning student poster designs made by Boston-area undergraduate students actively studying in graphic design programs.
We challenged young artists to create original interpretations of vintage travel posters that highlight top travel destinations offered by Grand Circle Corporation. The posters promoted the culture, history, or attractions of the destination. The student work was on display, beginning with Fort Point’s annual Art Walk event on May 11, 12, and 13 through June 30th.
Check out the slideshow of student poster designs below:
Spring Art Walk on the Waterfront
May 11: 4-7pm; May 12 & 13: 12-5pm
As the Fort Point’s edgy galleries have given way to luxury condos, the neighborhood’s arts scene has gone underground—and to the upper floors. While some of the most impressive artists are under the radar, they were all out in the open during the Fort Point Arts Community’s Spring Art Walk, a free weekend of open galleries and artist studios.
Grand Circle Gallery was proud to be a part of the Art Walk, where visitors discovered waterfront galleries, saw one-of-a-kind public art, and explored the studios of painters, jewelers, and photographers. From May 11 to 13, we provided maps of studios , restaurants, and stores who participated.
Travel-inspired artists in the neighborhood included:
- Argentinean Martin Berinstein (249 A Street) spent the first 32 years of his life in Buenos Aires. He recently found more than 6,000 photographic negatives from his early years in South America and decided to revisit his hometown with a digital camera. He plans to display his favorite shots from both collections in an exhibit called “Buenos Aires: Then and Now.”
- Laura Davidson (249 A Street) makes whimsical books, drawings, mosaics, and boxes. Her “tunnel books” show three-dimensional views of some of her favorite places, including Venice, Paris, and Florence.
- Carol Bugarin (Group space at 12 Farnsworth) is perfecting her glass-blowing techniques in Venice this spring. She will be back to Fort Point in time to exhibit her colorful jewelry and accessories.
Vintage Posters Promoting Warm and Cold-Weather Escapes
February 1—April 28, 2012
Since the early days of international travel (before the reality of TSA anxiety, tedious traffic, cramped knees, and armrest scuffles), the chilly season was just the right time for a winter retreat.
To stay cheery through the wintry weather, Grand Circle Gallery looked back at the posters designed to entice travelers to dash off to vacation destinations around the globe. Much like today, thrill-seeking ski enthusiasts hit the slopes, and those in desperate need of lifting their feet up on a sun-drenched beach, took some time off for the season. This selection of vintage travel posters invited you to take it easy—and enjoy a low-tech, hassle-free journey!
Everything from the balmy resorts of Pau to the refreshingly crisp and clear Swiss mountain air, vintage travel posters offered destinations for travelers to visit and the ways in which they could get there. Their designs resonated with travelers’ curiosity to escape and conquer breathtaking landscapes and exotic attractions. Much like the great poster designers, explorer and cartographer Bradford Washburn photographed magnificent scenes that captured the sense of exploration, discovery, and adventure that early travelers sought. Washburn’s aerial panoramas of glaciers, mountain peaks, and snowy terrains—along with our vintage travel posters—offer adventure and a departure from everyday life.
Images of Italy: The Photography of George Daniell
Vintage prints capturing romantic Italian scenes
February 1—April 28, 2012
Born in Yonkers, New York in 1911, George Daniell’s early life was one “of deep blacks and whites,” as he put it. That is likely why, from his teens, he was drawn to cinematic black and white portraitures. After graduating from Yale, he began to photograph people willing to pose while enjoying the outdoors along the banks of the Hudson. He explained his wish to portray people at their best was “to capture beauty before it faded.”
Daniell fell in love with the food, warmth, and beauty of Italy in the 1950s while photographing celebrities on movie sets. His images of actors on the streets and in the countryside of devastated, postwar Italy combine his democratic vision and celebration of the culture of the celebrity.
Daniell’s fascination with capturing romantic Italian culture is translated into the shots viewed at the Gallery’s exhibit of his photography, displaying these classic European settings. Even without a familiar celebrity portrait in the frame, Daniell’s charming aesthetic and sophisticated style shines through.
Journeys Through the Mediterranean—
Maps, Guides and Posters from The Golden Age of Travel
October 14–January 28, 2012
Grand Circle Gallery and WardMaps of Cambridge, Massachusetts teamed up to present Journeys Through The Mediterranean—Maps, Guides, and Posters from The Golden Age of Travel this past fall.
Due to mutual interests in historic urban cartography, brothers Brian Beaucher and Steven Beaucher founded WardMaps in 2004. With a successful business today, WardMaps offers a huge selection of antique and vintage maps, atlases, and transit signs—with the core of the collection from the 19th and early 20th century.
The exhibition paired Grand Circle Gallery’s vintage travel posters with WardMaps’ antique pocket guides and maps, and transported visitors back to The Golden Age of Travel on the Mediterranean. Excerpts from turn-of-the-century Baedeker pocket guides placed you in the train station in Cairo, at the entrance to the Parthenon in Athens, or traveling through the Mediterranean’s ports-of-call, just as travelers did at the turn of the century. Destinations included Italy, France and the Riviera, Greece, Northern Africa, and Egypt, as well as Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon.
One of the displays of special interest was a collection of antique Baedeker travel guides and maps, many of which are rare and sought after by collectors.
Though travel guides were not a new invention at the time, Karl Baedeker’s innovation brought travel guides to a higher standard of detail and accuracy. As a son of a book printer, Baedeker was inspired to begin his own publishing company in 1827. After buying another publishing house in 1832 to expand his business, Baedeker discovered a travel guide that had been released through the old company, called Rheinreise von Mainz biss Köln (“Traveling the Rhine from Mainz to Cologne”), which provided inspiration for Baedeker’s first travel guides. Very soon after their first appearance, the red leather cover and gold lettering became a Baedeker trademark, and his status as a pioneer of international travel guides was solidified with the addition of detailed information for a destination’s accommodations, transportation, pricing, and star ratings for attractions.
Thank you for joining us, traveling back in time with Baedeker’s antique travel guides and exploring "The Golden Age of Travel” at Grand Circle Gallery!
The items loaned from WardMaps are for sale with the close of the show.
To view WardMaps authentic antique maps and other specialty gifts and memorabilia, please click www.wardmaps.com, or visit 1735 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.
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