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May 31, 2014

The Elementary Doctor Watson

Milton Glaser created this album cover in 1972 for legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson.

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May 27, 2014

Dirty talks

Panel discussions and talks sponsored by the Fine Arts Department in the heady conceptual late-70s and early-80s often adopted a DIY or punk aesthetic in their announcements.

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May 10, 2014

The many trademarks of Chermayeff and Geismar

Chermayeff and Geismar published a spiral-bound portfolio of their trademarks in 1979, a precursor to the 2000 volume TM, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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May 06, 2014

Talent show

SVA’s subway posters established the school’s graphic presence by using abstract concepts to convey a deeply pragmatic message.

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May 03, 2014

Quiz show

In the grand tradition of magazine quizzes comes “The Whatchamacallit Game” from Esquire.

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April 19, 2014

First Look: Deborah Sussman

Next in our Design and Illustration Study Collection is the work of environmental design pioneer Deborah Sussman.

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April 18, 2014

Sun-rays and lightning

An exhibition of Navajo Weaving at the Visual Arts Gallery in 1972 described a loom made of cosmic forces, and blankets rendered in “cannel-coal, turquoise, abalone, and white bead” but developed during a “devastating acculturation process.”

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April 13, 2014

Hammers and sickles

One of the earliest exhibitions of Andy Warhol’s provocative “Sickle and Hammer” series was an exhibition of the pencil-and-watercolor drawings of 1976 at the Visual Arts Museum.

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March 21, 2014

Childcraft

In 1970, Childcraft Education Corp. turned to Milton Glaser to design their flagship store at 150 E. 58th Street.

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February 24, 2014

The world of Windows On The World

The continuing story of the Windows On The World restaurant and its satellites in the World Trade Center, designed by Milton Glaser in 1976 and redone in 1996.

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February 18, 2014

Another side of the Visual Arts Gallery

Folk art at the Visual Arts Gallery in the early 1970s.

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January 28, 2014

Record labels

Milton Glaser applies his passion for music to record labels.

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January 25, 2014

Milton Glaser’s menus for the World Trade Center

One curious feature about the Glaser collection is its organizational style, which was based on the way the materials were donated by the designer. Subseries G of his Printed Materials contains many of the menus he did for businesses at the World Trade Center.

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January 21, 2014

Shaped Paintings

The third exhibition directed by Jeanne Siegel at the Visual Arts Museum riffed on the Guggenheim’s The Shaped Canvas.

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December 22, 2013

Candies by Seymour Chwast

In the early 1970s, Push Pin Studios produced a line of candies under the name “Pushpinoff Sweets.”

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December 17, 2013

Early LeWitt

We love our LeWitt here at Container List, and we recently found some very early exhibition announcements for his work at SVA and other galleries.

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December 16, 2013

The many faces of Elliott Gould

For Time magazine, 1970: several versions of Elliott Gould, by Milton Glaser

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November 10, 2013

The Mead Library of Ideas

In the 1970s, the Mead Library of Ideas held exhibitions showcasing the best contemporary graphic design; they commissioned announcement posters from designers including Tony Palladino, Chermayeff & Geismar, and Seymour Chwast.

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October 28, 2013

A brief tour of Milton Glaser’s typography

Glaser’s typefaces combine Pushpin-era Deco motifs with conventions adapted from hand-painted signs, but share a tendency to imbue generic letterforms with geometric dimension.

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October 06, 2013

A Grand Union

In the mid-1970s, Milton Glaser was approached by Sir James Goldsmith to take on a dramatic redesign of the supermarket chain Grand Union.

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