Just One of Glaser’s Legacies

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“Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of
Graphic Design,”
a retrospective of nearly 100 works created for the School of Visual Arts, opens today at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, in New York City. The exhibition includes Glaser’s
original artwork for posters seen by generations of New
Yorkers as part of SVA’s ongoing promotional subway campaign; preparatory sketches, on public view for the first time; and various rare pieces, including the 1963 announcement for the course Glaser taught at SVA with the
late art director Henry Wolf (Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Show). Also on view is the model for the kinetic sculpture atop the new Visual Arts Theater, which Glaser designed with a tip of the hat to Tatlin’s Tower.

“I believe the work I’ve done for the School is more adventuresome than
anything else I’ve done, primarily because of the audience,” says Glaser, who has been on the faculty since 1960.
The works in “Milton Glaser’s SVA” are drawn from the Milton Glaser
Collection at the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives at
SVA
.
 
Glaser’s founding gift to the Archives included some 700 pieces of
original art, 1700 sketches, 380 posters, 150 prints, and other
publications designed and/or illustrated by him. The exhibition is curated by Mirko
Ilić, Beth Kleber (archivist), Francis Di Tommaso (who also designed the installation), and me.
 
On a personal note: Despite having seen much of this work over the past few decades, I was truly surprised by the breadth, depth, and modernity of the total output. 
 
August 31 through September 26, 2009
Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, New York City
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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