Modern graphic icons such as the I Love NY logo--a tourism-campaign symbol created for the New York State Department of Commerce that became "the most frequently imitated logo design in human history"--will be showcased when the Philadelphia Museum of Art and COLLAB present Milton Glaser: Graphic Design (working title). On Wednesday evening, November 15th, Glaser will receive this year's Design Excellence Award from COLLAB, a group of design professionals who support the Museum's contemporary design collections. Tickets for the lecture will be available starting October 1; for information, call (215) 235-SHOW. Milton Glaser: Graphic Design will open following the lecture and remain on view through February 2001.
Born in 1929 in New York City, Mr. Glaser studied at The Cooper Union Art School and later, as a Fulbright Scholar, attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna, Italy. Throughout a celebrated career, he has designed and illustrated more than 300 posters for clients in the fields of publishing, music, theater, film, and institutional and civic enterprise, in addition to those for commercial products and services. Mr. Glaser was a catalyst and guiding force for the establishment of the enormously influential Pushpin Studios in 1954, and New York Magazine in 1968. Since its founding in 1974, Milton Glaser, Inc., has completed projects in a wide range of design disciplines, including graphic, environmental, and interior design. Mr. Glaser joined with Walter Bernard in 1983 to form WBMG, a publication-design firm that has overseen the redesign of many notable magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Village Voice, Money, and The Nation.
Among Mr. Glaser's commissions have been the restaurants, observation deck, and permanent exhibition for the World Trade Center, in 1975, and the Rainbow Room complexes for the Rockefeller Center, in 1987. Also in 1987, Mr. Glaser designed the World Health Organization's International AIDS symbol and poster and, in 1993, he created the logo for Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Angels in America. In the Philadelphia area, Mr. Glaser's projects have included Sesame Place, in 1981-3, and Franklin Mills Mall, in 1986-9.
Mr. Glaser has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Lincoln Center Gallery, New York; and the Houghton Gallery at The Cooper Union, New York. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the National Archive, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. He is a recipient of The Society of Illustrator's Gold Medal, the St. Gauden's Medal from The Cooper Union, and the Prix Savignac for the World's Most Memorable Poster of 1996, and is a member of The Art Director's Club Hall of Fame.
Milton Glaser: Graphic Design is organized by Kathryn B. Hiesinger, Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700.