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Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles

Main Gallery Mar 23–Mar 29, 2012

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Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles
Mar 23–Mar 29, 2012

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12 mg lapchi pdragons
Paper Dragons (Red Fans), Celestial Series, 2012, Tibetan wool, Chinese Silk, 8’ x 10’
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Mandala (Water), Tantric Series, 2012, Chinese silk, 8’ x 8’

Milton Glaser for Lapchi: An Exploration of Pattern Making and Color Effects in Textiles is a special weeklong exhibition of the newest work by this iconic American graphic designer. Milton Glaser for Lapchi revitalizes SMMoA’s relationship with Glaser and features a unique selection of original, hand-made Lapchi carpets, designed and conceptualized by the artist.

With Milton Glaser for Lapchi, SMMoA continues a collaboration that began with Glaser more than a decade ago. In 2001, SMMoA presented Milton Glaser, an exhibition that brought together nearly 70 posters and sketches produced by the artist–from his distinctive 1966 Dylan poster to his series for the Teatro Massimo opera house in Italy. In conjunction with Milton Glaser, SMMoA collaborated with the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIA) to present a reception, lecture, and book signing to celebrate the publication of Glaser’s acclaimed book Milton Glaser: Art is Work. With Milton Glaser for Lapchi, SMMoA is thrilled to again present the work of this seminal artist, whose influence on the graphic and commercial arts has been widespread and profound for more than 60 years.

Glaser is among the most influential designers in the world. A renowned graphic and architectural designer, his prolific body of work ranges from eminent logos to complete graphic and decorative programs for worldwide clientele. Glaser’s illustrious career includes the design and illustration of more than 300 posters, and graphic and architectural commissions for clients in the areas of publishing, music, theater, film, institutional and civic enterprise, and commercial products and services. Among Glaser’s most admired works are his “I ? NY” campaign, which was designed for the 1975 New York State slogan, the complete design and artwork for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Angels in America,” the signature brand logo for Trump Vodka, and the complete interior design for Rockefeller Plaza’s Rainbow Room.

SMMoA’s first look at the Milton Glaser for Lapchi collection marks the launch of a new collaboration between the legendary artist and the preeminent Lapchi hand-woven custom carpet company. The collection will include 25 distinctive, full size carpets, featuring designs inspired by the mystical to historic pattern references woven in light and dark colorations. The entire collection, on view exclusively at SMMoA during the exhibition, is available in a limited edition of 100 for each design and color scheme. Each carpet will be privately labeled and numbered with the Milton Glaser for Lapchi brand logo. The collection is shown primarily in 8′ x 10′ sizes, but may be custom sized for decorative flooring or display as wall art.

The Milton Glaser for Lapchi collection is woven using Tibetan wool in combination with fine silk from India and China. Untouched by chemical washes or bleach throughout production, the carpets are handspun in the traditional Tibetan sena knot and small pot dyed to create a natural abrashed appearance. Lapchi carpets are certified by GoodWeave, an organization that works to end child labor in the carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.

About the artist:
Glaser (b. 1929) was born, works, and lives in New York City. He attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy where he studied with painter Giorgio Morandi. He holds honorary doctorates from Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Moore College of Art & Design; Philadelphia Museum School; School of Visual Arts; Queens College, CUNY; University at Buffalo, New York; and the Royal College of Art in London. Glaser co-founded the revolutionary Pushpin Studios, he founded and was design director of New York Magazine with Clay Felker, established Milton Glaser, Inc., and teamed with Walter Bernard to form the publication design firm WBMG. Glaser received the Honors Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and in 2010, he became the first designer to receive The National Medal of Arts, which was presented by President Obama.

Glaser’s artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions, including in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center Gallery, Houghton Gallery, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; in Boston at the Art Institute in Boston; in Italy at the Vicenza Museum, Nuages Gallery, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice; in Japan at Japan’s Creation Gallery and the Suntory Museum; and in Paris at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Glaser is represented in permanent collections in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, The Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; in Washington D.C. at the National Archive, Smithsonian Institute; and in Jerusalem at The Israel Museum.