The D. B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (MGHL) and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts present a lecture from legendary designer Seymour Chwast on Monday, October 24, in Steinberg Auditorium. A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; the lecture “God/Sex/War” will follow at 6:30 p.m.
The Dowd MGHL is home to a collection of Chwast’s works that includes posters, professional development materials, and mechanical drawings mainly dating between the 1960s and 2000s.
Chwast was born in New York City and is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1981 the studio’s name was changed to The Pushpin Group, of which Chwast is the director.
Chwast’s designs and illustrations have been used in advertising, animated films, corporate and environmental graphics, publications, posters, packaging, and record covers. He has designed and illustrated more than 30 children’s books and has developed several typefaces. Chwast published “The Push Pin Graphic,” a magazine with subscribers all over the world.
Chwast works in a variety of styles and media. His designs and illustrations have been exhibited in major galleries and museums around the world. He has had several one-man shows of his paintings, sculptures, and prints. His posters are in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, The Gutenberg Museum, and The Israel Museum, among others.