Elaine Mehalakes is the Vice President for Community Engagement at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. Her interests as a curator and writer include the confluence of poetry and art, and the influence of travel on creativity. [January 2015]

Underground to Arcadia: London Transport Posters 1908–1914

Alfred France, Hermes for speed, Eros for pleasure (1912), poster, 63.5 x 101.6 cm. Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Company Ltd, London. Published by Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd, London. ©TfL from the London Transport Museum collection.

In 1908, the six-year-old Underground Electric Railways of London, later known as London Transport, began a pictorial poster campaign under the direction of Frank Pick (1874–1941). Previously, the Underground’s posters had been text-only and purely informational. Read More

ReThink INK: 25 Years at Mixit Print Studio

reThink INK Banner on Boston Public Library (2012). Banner design by Flanders+ Associates, Boston, MA. Photo: Heddi Vaughan Siebel.

At the Boylston Street entrance to the Central Library in Copley Square, high on a wall, clings Ilana Manolson’s Terra Flow (2012), an aggregate of the themes running through the Boston Public Library’s current exhibition, “ReThink INK: 25 Years at Mixit Print Studio.” Roots collected in the artist’s neighborhood and Arnold Arboretum link islands of plaster painted with maps from the BPL’s Norman B. Levanthal Map Center. The maps might be seen as referencing the resources available to area residents via the public library system, while the slim but strong tendrils symbolically tie together communities. Read More