Binghamton University Art Museum to open spring exhibitions
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton University Art Museum will open its spring exhibitions from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 31, in room 213 of the Fine Arts Building, on campus.
Both the Main Gallery and the Susan M. Reifer ’65 and Stanley J. Reifer ’64 Mezzanine Gallery will feature artwork by renowned American graphic designer and illustrator Milton Glaser. The Main Gallery will show sketches, prints and printed designs in an exhibition entitled Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns, curated and designed by Blazo Kovacevic, assistant professor of art and design at Binghamton University. Although Glaser might be best known for his commercial work – the ubiquitous I ? NY logo or the psychedelic Bob Dylan album cover – the exhibition features work in which Glaser experiments with pattern and perception. He works out his thoughts graphically in a series of prints of landscapes and images that celebrate modern masters such as Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Klimt. Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns is accompanied by a catalogue, published by the Binghamton University Art Museum, which includes an introduction by the curator and an interview with Milton Glaser by Tom McDonough, associate professor of art history at Binghamton University.
In conjunction with Modulated Patterns, another exhibition of watercolors by Milton Glaser will be on view in the Susan M. Reifer ’65 and Stanley J. Reifer ’64 Mezzanine Gallery. Entitled The Piero Project, the selection of 37 drawings pay homage to paintings by Italian Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca. The watercolors are not copies, but artistic interpretations of details of Piero’s paintings and frescoes. Glaser wrote, "[Piero’s] paintings could be looked at as though one were looking at a landscape through a window. One could take any part of the view and interpret it freely, acknowledging, as we do with nature, that it would be impossible to replicate it."
Further insight into the work of Milton Glaser will be given in a lecture at the museum at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, by Steven Brower, director of the "Get Your Masters With The Masters" MFA at Marywood University. Brower is the designer/author of myriad books, former creative director for Print Magazine, and former art director for The Nation and The New York Times. He also was an associate at the Push Pin Group, co-founded by Milton Glaser.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit binghamton.edu/art-museum.