POSTERity Exhibit

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Department of the Interior Museum curator Tracy Baetz introduces “POSTERity: WPA’s Art Legacy & America’s Public Lands.” This retrospective exhibition on view through spring 2015 at the Department’s headquarters building in Washington, DC, features nearly 50 silk screened prints associated with 36 national parks, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Interior Museum. For the first time, rare historic posters produced by WPA artists for the National Park Service in the late 1930s are united with contemporary editions created by Doug Leen and Brian Maebius in the same iconic style and print tradition as the originals.


David Klinger says:

Why not follow a more logical, reverse policy?  Keep the close-captioning turned off — but allow viewers the prominent  option of turning it on if they need it?  That way, you haven't obscured your initial video posting with "burned in" captioning for the vast majority of viewers who don't need it … yet you've given those who really do require it the option of turning it on, at will, when necessary.  Sometimes we compromise the artistic integrity of an information product — or actually diminish the initial communicative impact of such products — by front-end loading them with options that only cater to a fraction of a larger audience.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  Yes, we must offer closed-captioning … but must we require the majority of viewers to hunt around for ways to turn it off to so that they can actually see and read the video that you're featuring?

David Klinger says:

Great introduction to this wonderful display.  Too bad your video is obscured by the closed-captioning, which makes it impossible to read the narrator's name, see many of the posters close up, and view your Web address the first time it appears in the video.  Obscuring a well-produced video for the 99 percent of your viewers who don't require closed-captioning in favor of the one percent who do defeats the purpose and impact of your video, which is to convey information, easily and with clarity.  There are more creative and imaginative ways to introduce closed-captioning than this.

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