Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast’s ‘Double Portrait’ at the Philadephia Museum of Art
Pentagram’s Paula Scher and Push Pin’s Seymour Chwast are the focus of a major exhibition opening this Sunday, December 2, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Double Portrait: Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designers celebrates the achievements and shared sensibility of the creative couple, whose work is being shown together for the first time.
Curated by Kathryn Bloom Hiesinger, Double Portrait makes connections in the work of the designers, who share a love for eclectic influences, expressive typography and bold images. The exhibition is displayed in the Museum’s Collab Gallery and includes more than 300 pieces selected and installed by Scher and Chwast. “It is an extraordinary opportunity to be able to view Scher and Chwast’s work, side by side, in a museum setting,” says Hiesinger.
Scher is represented by hundreds of projects from throughout her four-decade-long career, including a display of over 100 posters, books and record album covers, as well as videos and projections of identity programs and environmental graphics, from her landmark graphics for The Public Theater to her walls of type at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
The exhibition features over 50 years of work by Seymour Chwast, who was, along with Milton Glaser, a co-founder of the highly influential Push Pin Studios, an inspiration to three generations of illustrators and designers. The show displays over 100 posters by Chwast, including his famous antiwar posters “End Bad Breath” and “War Is Good Business”; his designs for publications including The Push Pin Graphic, The Nose, and the Mohawk “Design and Style” series; as well as many of the typefaces, book covers, magazine illustrations, op-ed pieces, and nearly 40 books he has created during his career.
This Saturday, December 1, Scher and Chwast will be honored with the Design Excellence Award given by Collab, the group of design professionals and enthusiasts who support the modern and contemporary design collection at the Museum.
The exhibition remains on view through April 14, 2013.