Milton Glaser Collection

About the Collection

Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the world. He co-founded the revolutionary Push Pin Studios with Seymour Chwast, Ed Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and teamed with Walter Bernard in 1983 to form the publication design firm WBMG. Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints and has produced iconic designs, such as the ubiquitous “I ♥ NY” campaign. His artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Milton Glaser Collection provides comprehensive documentation of Glaser’s professional career as a designer and illustrator, from his earliest work as a student in late 1940s and early 1950s, to his years as a principal in Push Pin Studios, to the work generated by his studio, Milton Glaser Inc. (1974–2020). The Collection includes approximately 700 pieces of original art, 1,700 sketches, 380 posters, 150 prints, as well as 29 boxes of newspapers and magazines, album covers, menus, letterhead, annual reports, brochures, and books designed and/or illustrated by Glaser. He passed away on June 26, 2020, his 91st birthday.

Colorful illustration of a menagerie of 250 nude, semi-nude and costumed figures, each with a number on them. School of Visual Arts. "250 Courses" subway poster. 45 x 29.5. 1971.
The lower body of a nude figure in white silhouetted profile, contained in a thin red box. School of Visual Arts / Visual Arts Gallery. "Big Nudes" exhibition poster. 11.5 x 17.5. 1966.
Text in black typewriter-style, with a red heart icon with a bruise represents the word "love." School of Visual Arts. "I Love NY More Than Ever" poster. 46 x 30. 2001.
Black and white drawing of a jazz band playing, surrounded by colorful foliage. "Jazz After Six" original art. 1975.
Two three-dimensional silhouettes in black with green and blue sides, one holding a guitar. "Simon and Garfunkel" concert poster. 38 x 25. 1967.
Color illustration of a monkey looking over its shoulder made up of multicolored strips of audio tape. United Artists Recording Company. "Planet of the Tapes" poster. 37 x 23.5. 1975.
A skeleton embracing a nude woman, holding a vibrant blue, red, and green tapestry. Columbia Records. "Death and the Maiden" album cover original art. c.1960.
Two similar sketches of a silhouette of a man in a bowler hat. The word "whatever" is superimposed over both images in different fonts and positions, so that "hat" in "whatever" overlaps with the bowler hat. School of Visual Arts. "Art is Whatever" sketch for subway poster. 1996.
Colorful illustration of various California icons, including grapes, palm trees, cars, beach scenes, film strips and hamburgers. Time. "California Here It Comes" magazine cover. 1969.
Portrait of a Lightnin' Hopkins in a hat and sunglasses, smoking a cigarette, surrounded by a pink, red, and yellow aura, against a dark green background. Tomato Records. Lightnin' Hopkins album cover. 12.25 x 12.25. 1977.
Black and white illustration of a monkey looking over its shoulder made up of strips of audio tape. United Artists Recording Company. Planet of the Tapes original art. 16.5 x 13. 1975.
Black and tan illustration of a tall, dark figure in a chef's hat, casting a long shadow. Rhinehart and Winston. "The Cook" by Harry Kressing. Original art for book cover. 1965.
Color illustration of the components of a hamburger isolated and floating independently of each other against a yellow background. Poppy Records. The Mandrake Memorial, "Medium" album cover. 12.25 x 12.25. 1968.
The word "California" in hot pink bubble cursive, superimposed over beach scenes, a hamburger, a motorcycle, and a bridge. Time. "California" cover sketch, 1969.
A stylized sunrise/sunset reflected over water. Multicolored confetti-like shapes are in the sky and water. Musee Saint-Georges. Milton Glaser, "Liege" exhibition catalogue. 1982
A man's black silhouette profile against white background; his hair is detailed into strips of color. The word "Dylan" is in red in the lower right-hand corner. Columbia Records. Bob Dylan poster. 32 x 22. 1966.
A large letter "A", partially obscured by a black-and-white wing. "Angels in America" logo mechanical. 1993.
Illustration of a man wearing a wide-brimmed hat against a colorful landscape with different colored spheres in the sky. Hermann Hesse 1975 calendar.
White envelope with blue and yellow circle on left-hand side, containing an elephant with wings. The Overlook Press logo.
Painting of a black-and-blue angel with yellow wings and halo; three figures crawling up a hill in the background. Edizioni Nuages. "La Divina Commedia, Purgatorio" illustration. 1999.
Colorful illustration of a Isaac Newton contemplating a car that has hit a nearby tree, a constellation behind him mirrors a drawing of a curve an a tangent in his hand.. Simpson Paper Company. Original art from "Those Who Teach" promotional booklet. 1988