A Marquee Evening

September 25, 2009

A number of art and design luminaries turned out on September 16 to celebrate the opening and dedication of the newly-renovated SVA Theatre, with a façade and interiors by legendary designer, faculty member and SVA Acting Chairman Milton Glaser. Among those on hand were filmmaker Paul Morrissey, who was a frequent collaborator of Andy Warhol’s, and artists Marshall Arisman (chair, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department), Paul Davis (G 1959 Illustration) and Tony Palladino.

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Following a cinematic montage of the era that inspired the design of the theater’s marquee sculpture, SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes paid tribute to his late parents, SVA founder Silas H. Rhodes and wife Beatrice, for whom the theater’s two auditoriums are named. SVA President David Rhodes then read from a letter by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “This beautiful and innovative new theater is yet another example not only of his artistic brilliance, but also of his commitment to enhancing the cultural life of our City,” said Bloomberg of Glaser’s work since creating the “I Love New York” logo. The designer himself took the podium to describe his friendship with Silas and long history with the College. “SVA has been central to my life for half a century,” he said.

The evening was capped off by the lighting of the theater’s marquee sculpture, as the crowd took to the sidewalk to admire the view.

Read an interview with Milton Glaser about his design for the SVA Theatre in the College’s 2009 Annual.

Image: The SVA Theatre. Photo by Jason Geller.

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