“Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present,” an exhibition of 52 SVA subway posters, opened in conjunction with the Students Organizing Sarajevo (SOS) Design Festival on October 9. SOS, Sarajevo’s first contemporary design festival, was initiated by graphic and design students of the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, in an effort to recognize innovative works that reflect and catalyze social consciousness.
The College’s subway posters have long been the institution’s most prominent form of advertising; several are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and the Smithsonian Institution. Initiated by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay faculty member Mirko Ilić and curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, creative director for the posters since 2007, “Underground Images” highlights the talents of such faculty members as Stefan Sagmeister, whose “Take it On” posters, co-created with his design partners Santiago Carrasquilla (BFA 2012 Graphic Design) and Jessica Walsh (a BFA Design faculty member), are currently on underground display throughout New York City.
In addition to the exhibition, Francis DiTommaso, director of SVA Galleries, presented a lecture, “Underground Images: The School of Visual Arts Subway Posters as Public Art,” at the festival. “Underground Images,” which was previously displayed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will travel to Belgrade, Serbia, in the spring of 2014. It is on view in Sarajevo through October 23.