SVA’s ‘Underground Images’ in St. Petersburg, Russia

June 24, 2015

The College’s “Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present” has made its way to the New Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Closing on June 28, the exhibition coincided with Russian Design Week (May 20 – May 27) and is the second time “Underground Images” has shown in Russia (it was previously exhibited as part of Moscow’s Golden Bee International Biennial of Graphic Design in 2014). Organized by Dmitry Kharshak, publisher of influential art and design magazine Projector, the New Museum reported record attendance in the first three days of the exhibition.

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Accompanying the exhibition, Mirko Ilić, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay faculty member and 2009 “Underground Images” poster designer, traveled to St. Petersburg to open the show and present a multimedia presentation about SVA. While in St. Petersburg, Ilić, along with Kharshak, helped promote the show by appearing on a popular Russian talk show (watch here, begins at 38:00), discussing his role as ambassador of “Underground Images.” He was also featured on the cover of the June 22 issue of Gorod 812, a current events magazine, in connection with an interview about the exhibition and his own career.

Featuring over 50 posters spanning nearly 60 years of SVA’s iconic subway advertising campaign, “Underground Images” has been featured in cities around the world such as Marseille, France, Beijing, China and Istanbul, Turkey. The exhibition is curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, who has served as creative director of the posters since 2007. Over 29 artists have contributed posters to the long-running campaign, including Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Marshall Arisman, Nathan Fox, Louise Fili and Paula Scher.

“Underground Images” will next be exhibited at CROMIA, Ecuador’s international design festival in Quito, in September.

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