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April 29, 2016

First Look: Cris Gianakos

Work from artist and designer Cris Gianakos.

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February 16, 2016

Delpire

Robert Delpire and Push Pin Studio’s mutual admiration resulted in exhibitions in both New York and Paris.

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January 06, 2016

Immovable Objects

The Cooper-Hewitt’s outdoor exhibition/walking tour of lower Manhattan was held during the summer of 1975.

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November 23, 2015

Bettmann Panopticon

In 1964, SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery hosted the Bettman Panopticon, an exhibition of works by the leading art directors and designers of the day created from materials in the Bettmann Archive, the trove of vintage clip art and photos.

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August 04, 2015

65 Self-Portraits

65 Self-Portraits is one of the best documented of the remarkable series of exhibitions organized by Shirley Glaser while she was director of SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery, 1964-1969.

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November 12, 2013

Wondering where we’ve been?

The show revisits exhibitions of several decades, curated by the likes of David Bourdon, Douglas Crimp, Lucy Lippard, Phyllis Tuchman, and David Whitney (with posters designed by Milton Glaser, Cris Gianakos, Doug Johnson, B. Martin Pedersen, and many others). Not to forget student exhibitions that took place in SVA’s galleries in Tribeca and SoHo, documentation of performances by Steve Reich and Laurie Anderson, screenings and talks, and (my favorite) lots of little odds and ends—loan forms, hardware store receipts, doodles—gathered together in binders that reproduce the archival files for each show. Come say hi: the reception is next Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm.

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November 12, 2013

To see a fine lady upon a white horse

A 1961 exhibition of the work of the SVA Department of Illustration is a who’s who of the practitioners of the new expressive and painterly illustration of the time.

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September 14, 2013

Fifteen years of heartache and aggravation

In 1969, the Mead Library of Ideas presented an exhibition of the work of Push Pin Studios, sharing the design and illustration of its many current and former members.

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July 22, 2013

Layer cake

One of the central features of the Push Pin generation of designers — mainly Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser — was a continued inspiration from, and reliance upon, physically layered compositions (using e.g., cello-tak) and photographic compositing.

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July 07, 2013

Twombly at SVA

Cy Twombly was the subject of two solo exhibitions at SVA, in 1973 and 1977, just before his idiosyncratic work found new favor with the rising generation of neo-Expressionists.

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June 04, 2013

Pan Am modular displays

George Tscherny designed this installation for Pan American Airways, to be sent to travel agencies promoting their vacation locations. Details about the modular system follow.

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April 27, 2013

Eileen Boxer for Ubu Gallery

Eileen Boxer created sublime conceptual mail art to promote exhibitions at Ubu Gallery.

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February 23, 2013

If we’re so good, why aren’t we better?

Spin to see if new markets overseas raise your income or if underproductivity kills your business.

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April 18, 2012

Sun-rays and lightning

An exhibition of Navajo Weaving at the Visual Arts Gallery in 1972 described a loom made of cosmic forces, and blankets rendered in “cannel-coal, turquoise, abalone, and white bead” but developed during a “devastating acculturation process.”

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March 31, 2011

McMullan at NYPL

Go see James McMullan’s Lincoln Center Theater posters at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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December 02, 2010

Milton on Milton

It’s always a pleasure to hear Milton Glaser talk about his work, so here for your viewing delight is a short video of Glaser discussing some of the pieces that appeared in last year’s exhibition, Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design.

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