September 2, 2021–February 6, 2022
This exhibition explores the incredible impact Push Pin Studios had on the resurgence and evolution of American commercial illustration.
Founded by Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins, and Edward Sorel—and soon joined by Milton Glaser—Push Pin served as a counterpoint to the slick ads being created on Madison Avenue and the rigid, grid-based designs popular in Europe. They were referential, drawing from troves of disparate and often forgotten tropes from past art movements and time periods, hurtling them into the new, playful visual language of the 1960s and beyond.
The studio also served as an incubator for a myriad of designers who would become legends in their field, from the aforementioned founders to the likes of Paul Davis, Barry Zaid, Richard Mantel, James McMullan, John Alcorn, and many, many more.
Visit Dante’s Inferno, 1967 Seymour Chwast
Filmsense, c. 1968 Seymour Chwast & Milton Glaser
Push Pin Posters Packages & Publications, 1979 Seymour Chwast & Richard Mantel
Basie & Getz, 1963 Seymour Chwast
Anything Goes, 1987 James McMullan
The Front Page, 1986 James McMullan
I Love NY More Than Ever, 2001 Milton Glaser
Head Out To Oz, 1967 James McMullan
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