TYPOGRAPHY AT MOMA

This is a collection of photographs I took on my latest visit to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The originals are part of the Prints and Illustrated Books Collection and the on view exhibitions. The exhibitions at the MoMA only reinforced the importance of typography on both commercial and artistic worlds. From the art pieces to the museum’s signage, typography is omnipresent at any modern art museum.

The strongest evidence are the exhibitions:
Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective. This exhibition included hundreds of posters he designed for his exhibitions (Not allowed to take photographs).

Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded. This exhibition focuses on works on paper, including prints, illustrated books, and selected drawings, that explore and manipulate the materiality of paper itself.
Click to see Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded.

The Printed Picture. MoMA will publish The Printed Picture, a book by Richard Benson that traces the changing technology of picture making from the Renaissance to the present, focusing on the vital role of images in multiple copies.

Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel. León Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Mira Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919–1988) are considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor of the worldly aspect of human existence through the eloquence of naming and writing.
Unfortunately for me, this exhibition was being mounted while I was in New York…
Click to see Tangled Alphabets

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Intro text for the exhibition “Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West”

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Cardbird VI, Robert Rauschenberg, 1971

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Hand Lettering, John Everett Benson, 1973

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Lidantiu faram, Naum Granovskii, 1923

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Pro eto. Ei i mne,
Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1923

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Dlia golosa, El Lissitzky, 1923

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Val’s. Pamiati Skriabina, Lyubov Popova, 1924

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The Great Historical, Geographical, Genealogical and Poetical Dictionary; Louis Moreri, 1703

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Hand lettering, page from a missal, 1350

To see more examples, please visit my flickr

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