Apr 20—Jul 2, 2017
Signature: Graphic Design from the Studio Museum Archive delves into almost fifty years’ worth of catalogues, posters, newsletters, brochures and other printed matter produced by The Studio Museum in Harlem. While charting a history of the Studio Museum and the values it has represented to its visitors and stakeholders, these materials also cast light on shifting trends in graphic design and the visual representation of artists, people of African descent and the Harlem community. With a title that refers to both an assertion of self and a unit of printing, Signature reveals how graphic design can both present and shape an institution’s identity.
Signature: Graphic Design from the Studio Museum Archive is organized by Elizabeth Gwinn, Communications Director, with archival assistance from Dessane Cassell, Studio Museum / MoMA Curatorial Fellow.