HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 31, 2006) – An original poster design by one of the most high-profile graphic designers in the world has been commissioned by Holocaust Museum Houston to help celebrate its 10th anniversary year of teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
The signed original of the large-format, limited-edition poster by New York designer Milton Glaser, creator of the famed “I?NY” logo design that has become a pop culture icon since its inception to promote New York City in 1977, will be placed in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Copies of the poster will be sold in the Museum’s bookstore in both signed and unsigned formats and used in development campaigns to help raise funds to continue the Museum’s mission of combating hatred, prejudice and apathy using the lessons of the Holocaust and other contemporary genocides, said Susan Myers, the Museum’s executive director.
Signed copies on 100-pound Mohawk Superfine paper are available for $200, but only 100 copies signed by Glaser are available. Unsigned copies on 80-pound stock are available for $25, while supplies last. Posters can be obtained at the Museum bookstore or ordered online at http://www.hmh.org/store.asp.
The 24- by 36-inch design features a candle of hope in soft colors that visually emerges from behind a checkerboard of pastel color blocks. In soft reddish-brown hues, it includes text from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s book "Man’s Search for Meaning."
Glaser called the design "one of the most complex and difficult assignments I've ever had and ended up taking almost a year of intermittent work to complete," but he said he was "very happy with the finished product."
To many, Glaser is the embodiment of American graphic design during the latter half of this century. His presence and impact on the profession internationally has been formidable. Immensely creative and articulate, he is one of a rare breed of intellectual designer-illustrators, who brings a depth of understanding and conceptual thinking, combined with a diverse richness of visual language, to his highly inventive and individualistic work.
Born in 1929, Glaser was educated at the High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union art school in New York and, via a Fulbright Scholarship, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy. He co-founded the revolutionary Pushpin Studios in 1954, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and teamed with Walter Bernard in 1983 to form the publication design firm WBMG.
Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints. His artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at both the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums.
Glaser also is a renowned graphic and architectural designer with a body of work ranging from the iconic logo to complete graphic and decorative programs.
Glaser is an influential figure in both the design and education communities and has contributed essays and granted interviews extensively on design. Among many awards throughout the years, he received the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, for his profound and meaningful long-term contribution to the contemporary practice of design.
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding, and education.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX, 77004.
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.