2013.9.11

Hope Gangloff had been across the street, rummaging through posters on the upper floor of Curious Book Shop. It was preparation. The mural she was about to paint on the slanted 30-foot-high wall of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum’s main gallery would be a collage of posters.

“It’s not going to be trompe l’oeil, because it’s going to look too graphic and flat,” Gangloff said. She was holding a printout of a 1990s concert poster, Sebadoh at the Lounge Ax, the bygone Chicago rock club. “But I love well-placed typographies. I think it’s a really great lost art form, so when I see it...