With just a week left of the show, Nina and I went to the Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design show at the Visual Arts Gallery on Saturday. It’s no secret that my classmates and I are avid Milton Glaser stalkers (I mean fans and admirers), so it was a wonderful experience. Milton Glaser is such a truly talented designer and artist, as well as an amazing teacher, and I can only hope to hear him speak again or possibly learn from him someday.
Here are some highlights and favorites from the show, which showcased Mr. Glaser’s years of work designing for the School of Visual Arts (click to get a larger view of any image):
The galleries, the first room of which showed reproduced posters hanging from the ceiling.
Here’s Nina in deep observation.
Just reading this letter gave me that giddy, excited feeling that anyone would get when receiving such a thing. But it was even more exciting since we know that it was only the beginning of his amazing career.
One of my absolute favorites.
Also another one of my favorites … I’m also a huge fan of Magritte! This is just too funny.
Sketches found in a glass case in the other room.
This one speaks to the silhouette-lover in me!
Such a clever use of typography in this poster for a Robert Delpire show.
Posters made after the 9/11 attacks.
This project Mr. Glaser explained at the SVA MFA Thesis Forum, but you can read more about it here on his website. It is a sculpture that now sits atop the marquee at the SVA Theater, and at the Thesis Forum, he had explained that we are never done with our work — we always have room to improve, and so we must consider everything a work in progress. The sculpture is an appropriate representation of time.
Afterwards, Nina and I walked by the SVA Theater, which was on our way home. Before, it had not been completed, but it seemed so appropriate to be able to see its completed form after seeing the model at the gallery.
It was such a great exhibition, which I encourage everyone to catch before it ends on September 26. I’ve been highly inspired by Mr. Glaser’s high-concept work and many approaches to the problem of design … now off to do my own homework, I go.