'American Artifact' with Director Merle Becker

Friday, February 5, 2010 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

American ArtifactNot everyone is aware that SXSW features several free events that are open to the public, including Flatstock. Co-produced by SXSW and the non-profit organization American Poster Institute (API), this annual poster event displays the works of more than 100 national and international artists. API co-founder and Austinite Geoff Peveto co-organized the inaugural Flatstock in 2002.

American Artifact: The Rise of American Poster Art chronicles the rise of American rock poster art since its birth in the '60s. Director Merle Becker crosses the country interviewing rock poster artists from the different eras to discover that America is currently in the midst of a 21st century "rock poster art movement," where thousands of artists around the country are doing silk-screened rock poster art inspired by their local scene, the music of our time, and the spirit of our era. The art, both beautiful and edgy, closely parallels the changes in American culture throughout the decades.

Two screenings will be held on Friday, February 5, and this event will feature:
  • Q&A with director Merle Becker and poster artists Jay Ryan, Geoff Peveto and Rob Jones.
  • Mini poster expo in the lobby featuring several local poster artists including Billy Perkins, Clint Wilson and Billy Bishop.  
  • Print demo by Billy Bishop. The first 50 customers to each screening will receive a FREE custom screen-printed event poster.