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March 12, 2019

Steve Reich at SVA in the 60s

New York City's avant-garde art scene was on full display at SVA's 1967 Fall Gallery Concert Series.

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November 17, 2017

Department of the Newly Uncovered: Seth Siegelaub’s Artist’s Contract

We just uncovered a batch of Seth Siegelaub’s original Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement from 1971.

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June 14, 2016

Underground Images in Warsaw

A survey of SVA subway posters in Warsaw.

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February 16, 2016

Delpire

Robert Delpire and Push Pin Studio’s mutual admiration resulted in exhibitions in both New York and Paris.

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November 23, 2015

Bettmann Panopticon

In 1964, SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery hosted the Bettman Panopticon, an exhibition of works by the leading art directors and designers of the day created from materials in the Bettmann Archive, the trove of vintage clip art and photos.

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August 04, 2015

65 Self-Portraits

65 Self-Portraits is one of the best documented of the remarkable series of exhibitions organized by Shirley Glaser while she was director of SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery, 1964-1969.

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October 25, 2014

Fed up with mediocrity

In 1964, the Sanders Printing Corporation invited SVA’s graduating class to produce its periodic promotional publication, Folio.

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October 09, 2014

Accidents will happen

The tension between the accidental and the controlled is almost always present in the work of George Tscherny.

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October 08, 2014

Brilliant mistake

The 1964 course announcement for Henry Wolf’s and Melvin Sokolsky’s photography course at SVA manages to be both instructive and artful, assembling outtakes of the instructors’ portraits in a way that elevates them.

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August 31, 2014

Use your head

SVA’s early subway posters helped raise the school to a new plane of artistic and intellectual pursuits.

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August 29, 2014

Story arc

Milton Glaser got minimal for SVA’s 40th Anniversary logo.

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June 28, 2014

Robert Weaver at SVA

Pioneering illustrator Robert Weaver was a major figure at SVA beginning in 1950s.

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June 26, 2014

Sunday hats

Tony Palladino created this indelible image for an SVA poster in 1989.

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June 03, 2014

On the same wavelength

The BFA Fine Arts department has long shown film or video art in the SVA Amphitheatre. These rough posters, spanning three decades, announce screenings of milestone works.

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May 23, 2014

Don’t make ’em like this anymore

I especially like identity systems when they are applied to things that might seem outside of the purview of corporate promotions. So with this SVA check designed by George Tscherny, circa 1956.

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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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March 17, 2014

Tscherny’s flag motif

One of George Tscherny’s graphic hobbyhorses was the jumbled appearance of type on an undulating surface.

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March 15, 2014

Do you see what I see?

A symposium of “provocative visual material” inspired Milton Glaser to come up with some of his own.

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March 10, 2014

Fashion Illustration at SVA

Fashion illustration was a popular pursuit at SVA in the 1960s.

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February 12, 2014

Significant figures

Milton Glaser’s menagerie of figures for the School of Visual Arts, 1971.

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