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Graphic Design (Major)

Member Baltimore Wunderground

Curated by Graphic Design faculty member Isaac German ’04

Closing Reception: Nov. 10 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

By the early 1990s, Baltimore was becoming the epicenter of a burgeoning underground rave scene. Baltimore was a weekly destination for ravers up and down the East Coast, rivaled only by New York City. Club nights like Fever, which ran from 1992–2001, drew hundreds of people weekly, and record stores like Modern Music were the information hubs of the scene—places to hear the electronic dance music and pick up flyers for upcoming events. The flyer design of this era was unique: It was driven by a DIY ethos that embraced new typeface design, blended hippie-infused psychedelia and techno visuals, experimented with 3-D computer graphics, appropriated popular culture, and communicated content with an irreverent, playful attitude. Popular awareness of electronic music has changed drastically over the last two and half decades. This exhibit investigates its underground roots.

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