The Posters Project

In 1981, twelve of Japan’s top graphic designers came together to create a suite of posters under the curation of legendary art and design critic Masaru Katsumi, best known around the world today for having pioneered the concept of a sleek, stylized system of pictographs representing each Olympic sport for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.


The posters commemorated an extraordinary series of lectures, masterclasses, and performances both live and televised that began at UCLA and radiated outward as far as New York, Washington D.C., and Honolulu. Five of the greatest living masters in five genres of traditional Japanese theater, dance, and music spent five weeks on campus and performing across the country as part of the annual UCLA Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute. The group of performers called themselves the Classical Performing Arts Friendship Mission of Japan.

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