Download a PDF of the first issue here!
Earlier this month, SVA began what will be a year-long initiative to celebrate the life and work of Milton Glaser, the legendary designer, longtime SVA faculty member and former acting chairman of the College’s Board, who died last year.
In September, a banner featuring a black-and-white photograph of Glaser by artist Michael Somoroff went up on the exterior upper wall of the SVA building at 209 East 23rd Street. (In 2014, the same space displayed Glaser’s climate-change PSA, “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying.”) The photographer and subject had known each other for decades; early in his career, Somoroff photographed for New York, the weekly magazine co-founded in 1968 by Glaser and editor Clay Felker. (Look for an interview and video with Somoroff on his relationship with Glaser in this space soon.)
Back down at the street level, the first issue of Glaser Gazette—a newsletter dedicated to Glaser’s many achievements—appeared in fast-disappearing stacks around campus, offered as a free publication for the SVA community. It is also available as a PDF—to download a copy, scroll to the end of this page.
An oversized, 12-page publication designed by the Visual Arts Press, the College’s in-house design studio, the Gazette covers everything from Glaser’s many album cover designs to his recently reissued fonts to his sartorial flair. Copies have also been made available at Poster House in Manhattan to coincide with “The Push Pin Legacy,” the museum’s exhibition on the legendary Push Pin design studio, which counted Glaser as an early and integral member.
To close out the fall semester, a multimedia exhibition showcasing Glaser’s work will be on view from December 7 through January 10, 2022, in the SVA Flatiron and Gramercy gallery spaces. Designed by 3D Design Chair Kevin O’Callaghan (BFA 1980 Media Arts), the show will draw from the extensive holdings of the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, which Glaser established at the College in 2006. And a second issue of the Gazette, a publication commemorating Glaser’s legacy as a teacher and mentor, and more events will follow in the new year, so stay tuned.