The band promotional poster has evolved over the past few decades from slick advert to Xeroxed flyer to offset press masterpiece of design. The current state of the art for rock & roll posters requires the finest grade of paper, a deep familiarity with typeface and layout and a strong sense of color theory, not to mention access to one (or more) printing presses. Postgig STL, an exhibition of more than 130 high-class concert promotional posters, features images for bands that range from tribute acts (Kiss cover band Black Diamond) to grand old men of the scene (Mission of Burma), as designed and executed by renowned artists/studios such as Diana Sudyka, Dan Stiles and Kansas Citys heavyweight champs, Hammerpress. Fair warning: the Shins seem to be heavily represented for some reason, but these posters make them seem much more interesting than they actually sound. Postgig STL opens Thursday, January 20, at Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-5967 or gallery210.umsl.edu). Admission is free, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the work remains up through Saturday, March 12.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 20. Continues through March 12, 2011