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Cris Gianakos Collection

About the Collection

The Cris Gianakos Collection consists of posters, exhibition catalogs and postcards, brochures, letterhead, and book jackets related to his work as a designer and as an artist. Gianakos was born in New York City in 1934. He studied design at the School of Visual Arts and has been a member of the College’s faculty since 1963. Works include posters for major exhibitions at SVA and posters and printed materials for clients such as Columbia Pictures Television, Volvo, and General Precision Aerospace.


Red graphic on white, resembling an upside-down u with a thin line connecting the sides. Adonis restaurant. Envelope.
Black and white photo of a  triangular, ship-like structure near water. Mountains are visible in the distance. Cristos Gianakos exhibition catalog. 1979.
Black graphic of a man holding preparing to launch a slingshot against a brown background; text appears in red. Columbia Pictures. "The Story of David," booklet cover. 1976.
Gradation of columns from white to black. School of Visual Arts / Visual Arts Gallery. "Series Photographs" exhibition poster. 12 x 18. 1969.
Red grids form a three dimensional space with a black line stretching through them against white background. Cristos Gianakos. "Sculpture and Drawings" exhibition announcement. 18 x 22.5. 1979.
Title is repeated several times in different colors to form a rainbow over black and white photograph of a woman dressed like a fairy. Panorama Press. "Xmas Spree" poster. 27.25 x 20.25. 1980.
The phrase "Black Artists" appears in swirly, black and white font against black and white background. School of Visual Arts / Visual Arts Gallery. "Black Artists" poster. 17 x 11. 1970.
Geometric graphic of a black ramp against white graph paper. P.S. 1. "Cristos Gianakos: Special Project Installation: Ramp #4" poster. 18.5 x 22. 1978.
American flag graphic; blue segment is replaced by a solid black square. "Send Our Boys Home" poster. 12.25 x 17. 1966.
Detailed graphic including red pinwheels in the center, two cockroaches, lunar patterns and lines radiating outward. Red, black and blue against grey. Columbia Pictures. "The Best of Columbia's Shock/Sci-Fi" cover.
The letters M and F appear on opposite sides of the top corners; black against white background. Mort Fega. Letterhead. 1960s.
Poster with a black-and-white photo of a woman flying a small pedal-powered dirigible branded "Dixons-Air-Ship." Caption reads, "Melzer  & Company has moved to 25 West 26th Street New York 10010 212-532-8999." Melzer and Company moving announcement poster. 15 x 11.5. 1987.