Underground Images: School of Visual Arts (SVA NYC). Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present
A selection of 60 posters created at SVA for display in the vast New York City subway system.
Monday, 13th January - Friday, 31st January 2020
The National College of Art and Design, Dublin is delighted to host the School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York, Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present exhibition at the NCAD Gallery. This special exhibition at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, Ireland brings together 60 of the myriad posters created at SVA for display in the vast New York City subway system, offering a glimpse of the history of the College and the collective talent of its acclaimed design and illustration faculty. Curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, who has served as creative director for the posters since 2007, the exhibition will be on view from January 13 through 31, 2020, 9am-8pm.
Beginning in the mid-1950s, SVA was in the vanguard of academic institutions in the U.S. to recognize the need for alternative marketing strategies to attract new students. SVA took to the platforms of New York City’s subway with advertising posters that were both thought-provoking and eye-catching, featuring the work of legendary artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. All practicing professionals on the faculty at SVA, they used the poster commission to explore what it means to be an artist and hone their own creative voice. Like the College itself, the SVA subway posters have become in some way inseparable from the city as an incitement to creativity and risk taking.
This exhibition presents highlights from the full collection of 201 posters produced by the School of Visual Arts. Among the current and former faculty members who have designed this selection of 63 posters are Gail Anderson, Marshall Arisman, Richard Borge, Chris Buzelli, Gene Case, Ivan Chermayeff, Paul Davis, Pablo Delcan, Sal DeVito, Louise Fili, Audrey Flack, Nathan Fox, Bob Gill, Robert Giusti, Milton Glaser, Phil Hays, Steven Heller, Mirko Ilić, Viktor Koen, Stephen Kroninger, Marvin Mattelson, James McMullan, Jerry Moriarty, Tony Palladino, Edel Rodriguez, Stefan Sagmeister, David Sandlin, Paula Scher, Yuko Shimizu, Eve Sonneman, George Tscherny, James Victore and Robert Weaver.
Underground Images is organized by SVA faculty member Mirko Ilić and Francis Di Tommaso, director, SVA Galleries. The Underground Images exhibition at the NCAD is facilitated by NCAD’s Head of Graphics Dept. John Paul Dowling. For more information about the exhibition and its full list of contributors, visit sva.edu/about/exhibitions/traveling-exhibitions/underground-images.
School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 7,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Continuing Education division, visit sva.edu.
The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is Ireland's oldest art institution, offering the largest range of art and design degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the country. Originating as a drawing school in 1746, many of the most important Irish artists, designers and art educators have studied or taught in the college. NCAD has always been located in central Dublin, and in 1980 it relocated to the historic Liberties area. The College has around 950 full-time students and a further 600 pursuing part-time courses, and NCAD's students come from more than forty countries. NCAD is a recognised College of University College Dublin. It is also a member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts, visit ncad.ie.