poster for “Italian Types” Exhibition

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Curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D’Onofrio, and Melania Gazzotti.

Italian Types features works by Fortunato Depero, Paolo Garretto, Costantino Nivola, Leo Lionni, George Giusti, Albe Steiner, Erberto Carboni, Aldo Giurgola, Roberto Mango, Giovanni Pintori, Bruno Munari, Franco Grignani, Heinz Waibl, Giulio Cittato, Bob Noorda, and Massimo Vignelli.

The Italian influences on American culture are far-reaching and well-documented. Yet, with a few exceptions of some key figures chronicled in Italian and American graphic design histories, the work by Italian graphic designers published in America is less well known. From Fortunato Depero’s move to New York City in 1928 to Unimark International’s work of the 1960s and 1970s, Italian graphic designers were living and publishing important work in the U.S. The sixteen designers featured (Italian-born and a few “adopted” Italians) contributed commercial graphic design in America during the pre and post World War II eras from approximately 1928 until 1980. With over seventy original works, the exhibition aims to bring more attention to this prolific network of collaborators who, with their unique achievements, played a significant role in coalescing modern graphic design in America. Exhibition on view from March 21 to May 2, 2019 is in collaboration with The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography

The publication Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America (Corraini Edizioni, 2019) will be for sale at the opening. Essays by Steven Heller, Patricia Belen, Greg D’Onofrio, Alessandro Colizzi, Alexander Tochilovsky, and Melania Gazzotti.


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