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exhibition poster with cursive Rs and Ds
School of Visual Arts Exhibition Collection. Poster for Delpire exhibition at SVA designed by Milton Glaser, 1968.
February 16, 2016


Legendary publisher, curator, designer, and film producer Robert Delpire was a longtime supporter of Push Pin Studios; Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and Paul Davis all were the subject of solo exhibitions at Delpire’s Paris gallery in 1960s and early 1970s. The admiration was mutual: Shirley Glaser organized an exhibition of Delpire’s work at SVA in 1968, featuring advertising, promotional works, books, and film stills, plus screenings of two films he produced: Cassius Le Grand, a 1963 film about Cassius Clay (a year before he became a member of the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammed Ali) and Flagrants Délits, about Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The invitations for both Glaser and Chwast’s solo exhibitions at Galerie Delpire were variations on the idea of a mask:

Round spectacles with blue paper cut out
Milton Glaser. Exhibition announcement, 1967.
Glasse arm on left; blue background wth black and white text on the right
Milton Glaser. Exhibition announcement, 1967.
Face with mustache and glasses
Seymour Chwast. Exhibition announcement, 1974.
cut-out nose and eyeballs
Seymour Chwast. Exhibition announcement, 1974.

Push Pin Studios as a whole was also featured in an exhibition in 1981 (though this was long after Glaser departed Push Pin to start his own studio).

Seymour Chwast. Poster, 1981.