The Department of Art & Art History, in association with the School of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA) and the DFW chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), will host a new exhibition that reflects on seven decades of posters from the NYC subway system.
The exhibition, “Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present,” will run April 6-27 in the Max W. Sullivan Exhibition Gallery, located in the School of Architecture building, 601 Nedderman Dr. The show features 62 posters that were curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony Rhodes, who has served as creative director of SVA’s poster program since 2007.
Senior Lecturer MiHyun Kim hopes the traveling exhibition will inspire not only UT Arlington faculty and students but also members of the DFW design and art community.
“Through this exhibition, I hope the DFW design community will be able to see a glimpse of graphic design history,” Kim said. “These posters reflect the evolution of poster design over the past 70 years and serve to show how design, illustration and photography can create memorable forms of visual communication.”
Beginning in the mid-1950s, the SVA posters were created as an alternative marketing strategy to attract new students. The thought-provoking and eye-catching posters featured the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. Glaser’s iconic “I Heart NY” design is one of the more recognizable works included in the exhibition.
Other artists in “Underground Images” also include past and present members of the SVA faculty: Gail Anderson, Marshall Arisman, Gene Case, Paul Davis, Sal DeVito, Louise Fili, Audrey Flack, Nathan Fox, Bob Gill, Robert Giusti, Phil Hays, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, Viktor Koen, Stephen Kroninger, Marvin Mattelson, Clay Patrick McBride, James McMullan, Jerry Moriarty, Tony Palladino, Stefan Sagmeister, David Sandlin, Paula Scher, Eve Sonneman, James Victore and Robert Weaver.
An artist talk and public reception are slated for 1-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13. Artists Mirko Ilić and Marshall Arisman will be on-hand to discuss the work in special sessions. Admission to the exhibition and these events is free.
Kim is hopeful the collection of work makes a similar impact on the UTA community the way it did for her when she first viewed it.
“I would like the viewers to be motivated by the messages found within the posters and hope that the artworks inspire creative practice in their daily lives,” she said. “I would also like people to recognize the ability of art to be witty, imaginative, motivating, persuasive, and empathetic. This is one of the few art exhibitions that have made a lasting impression on me, but this exhibition was inspiring and empowering.”
SVA is located in Manhattan with an enrollment of more than 6,000. For more information, visit http://www.sva.edu.
(Story by James Dunning/COLA Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present”
April 6-27, 2015
Monday, April 13
1 p.m., Fine Arts Bldg., Rm. 148
Artist Talk: Mirko Ilić (SVA)
Lettering Large: The Art and Design of Monumental Typography
2:15 p.m., Fine Arts Bldg., Rm. 148
Artist Talk: Marshall Arisman (SVA)
4 p.m., Fine Arts Bldg., Rm. 148
Book signing with Mirko Ilić (SVA)
4:30 p.m., Architecture Bldg., Rm. 206
Public reception for exhibition