SVA’s fall 2009 semester officially begins after Labor Day, but the College’s slate of professional exhibitions will begin rolling out a week ahead. On Monday, August 31, the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, is opening the doors on “Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design,” a 50-year retrospective of nearly 100 works created by the legendary designer for the College, where he has been on the faculty since 1960 and currently serves as acting chairman. The exhibition is curated by Steven Heller, design historian and co-chair of the MFA Design Department, and Mirko Ilic, designer and faculty member in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department. Beth Kleber, SVA’s archivist, researched and compiled the works in the exhibition, which is designed by Francis Di Tommaso, director of the Visual Arts Gallery. There will be an opening reception for “Milton Glaser’s SVA” on Tuesday, September 15, 6 – 8pm, and the exhibition will be on view through Saturday, September 26.
The day following the start of Glaser’s show will see the unveiling of “Date with the Angels/Cita con Angeles,” a collection of works created through a collaboration between SVA and Taller Experimental de Grafica, Cuba’s foremost printmaking facility. The exhibition features lithographs created by 41 Cuban artists, who used photographs by Richard Falco as the basis for new works expressing their reactions to the 9/11 disaster at the World Trade Center. This exhibition was originally presented in Cuba at the José Martí Memorial in Havana in July 2004, and is now making its U.S. debut at the College. “Date with the Angels” is at the Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, September 1 – 19, with an opening reception on Friday, September 11, 5 – 7pm.
Images: (top) Milton Glaser, SVA 40 Years, 1987, and The Design of Dissent, 2005; (bottom) Cesar Leal, 2004.