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John Carlos, and the Black Power salute

John Carlos at 'You are Here' Lance Wyman Exhibtion

John Carlos at ‘You are Here’ Lance Wyman Exhibition.  Photo (c) Finola Gaynor

John Carlos, kindly came along to see the show ‘You are here‘, here at Norwich. He was both humble and inspiring. His conversation with students at NUCA, The Gallery, was focused around the importance of the Black Power Salute and the sad consequences that he, Tommie Smith and Peter Norman faced post the 1968 Olympics.

John spoke about the way his fellow americans had ostracised him 44 years ago and now the same people clamber to have a token picture taken with him.

The Black Power salute at the Mexico 1968 Olympics was a protest made by the 200 metres American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos and Peter Norman the Australian competitor. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black gloved fists, wore open sports jackets without shoes on the winners podium. All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia’s White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals.


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Lance Wyman ‘You are Here’

You are here

Works by the legendary American graphic designer Lance Wyman

1 May – 9 June 2012


Lance Wyman is often described as the ‘Rock Star’ of graphic arts brought up in Kearny, New Jersey, the son of a commercial fisherman. Wyman was destined for a career in design for he acquired an appreciation for a “no-nonsense functional aesthetic of the sea and the factories”. Wyman describes this as “an important influence in my approach to design” as he spent time out on the Atlantic with his father.

Wyman’s approach to design is ‘complexity made simple’ this is clearly illustrated through his work for the Mexico City Olympic Games 1968, ‘Mexico 68’. His design ethos is creating graphic elements that are distilled to their purist form whilst skilfully maintaining personality and recognition.

Wyman has influenced designers, design students and every Olympic games graphic design programme worldwide ever since.

Working with Lance on the exhibition was an amazing honour. What struck me early on was the quantity and quality of his work. The difficulty for me as the curator was the selection process. I thought it important to record the process of the exhibition build.

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Lance Wyman next to Mexico68 logo type

Photograph of Lance Wyman at 'You are here' Exhibition (c) F Gaynor 2012

 

Exhibition Build, You are Here Exhibition Lance Wyman (c) F Gaynor 2012
Mexico Alphabet Wall

Mexico Alphabet Wall, Carl Bayliss (c) F Gaynor 2012

Close-up alphabet, Carl Bayliss (c) F Gaynor 2012

Framed pieces pile (c) F Gaynor 2012

Sports icons (c) F Gaynor 2012

Sarah Beare Gallery Technician (c) F Gaynor 2012

Vitrine (c) F Gaynor 2012

Frame Hanging, Lousia Milsome, Sarah Beare, Frame Hanging (c) F Gaynor 2012

Kyobo brand manual wall (c) F Gaynor 2012

picture hanging 2 (c) FGaynor 2012

vitrine_2 (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled_2 (c) FGaynor 2012

untitled-3 (c) FGaynor 2012

Lance Wyman logo (c) FGaynor 2012

 

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