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“The Master Series: Michael Bierut” Opens at SVA


The Master Series: Michael Bierut, the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, is now on view at the School of Visual Arts. The exhibition features his designs for identity systems, environmental graphics, books and more, from his signage programs for the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York Times Building, to his posters for the Yale School of Architecture, to his symbols for MIT Media Lab, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It also shares personal works from his own collection, including over 100 of the sketchbooks he uses to brainstorm and refine his ideas, displayed together for the first time.

The exhibition is the 27th in SVA’s annual Master Series honoring great visual communicators and coincides with the publication of Bierut’s first monograph, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world (Thames & Hudson and Harper Design).

In conjunction with the exhibition, Bierut will give a talk on his work on Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Master Series: Michael Bierut remains on view through November 7 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.