Olympic and Paralympic “Design & Utopia of the Games” Exhibit Accessible to All

Rio de Janeiro, August 18, 2016 – On August 9, Consul General James Story participated in the opening of Olympic and Paralympic Exhibit, “Design & Utopia of the Games,” at the Sebrae Reference Center for Brazilian Craft (Centro Sebrae de Referência do Artesanato Brasileiro – CRAB).  The cultural production company M’Baraká created the exhibit featuring Olympic and Paralympic design items from the archives of a Swiss collector, Markus Osterwalder.  The exhibit demonstrates through five Olympic case studies – Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Los Angeles 1984, and Barcelona 1992 – how each host city interpreted its local culture through design and communication tools, especially pictograms.  The designs of U.S. artists Deborah Sussman, Keith Bright, and Robert M. Runyan (Los Angeles 1984) and Lance Wyman (Mexico City 1968) are featured in the exhibit.  The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro supported the project by sponsoring interactive items for persons with disabilities and accessibility services of Brazilian Sign Language (Libras), Audio Description, and English translation on www.designeutopia.com.br website, helping make this fascinating project accessible to all audiences.

The exhibit is fully-accessible and free to the public
Dates: August 9 to October 8, 2016 – Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Centro Sebrae de Referência do Artesanato Brasileiro (CRAB)
Address: Praça Tiradentes, 67, 69 and 71, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Website: www.crab.sebrae.com.br