Lecture: Seymour Chwast

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6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture

Graphic designer Seymour Chwast will deliver a lecture titled God/Sex/War as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series. The event is co-sponsored by the Modern Graphic History Library, which is home to a collection of Chwast’s works that includes posters, professional development materials, and mechanical drawings, mostly dating between the 1960s and 2000s.

Born in New York City, Chwast 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 clients have included leading corporations, advertising agencies, and publishing companies both in the United States and abroad. His 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 over thirty children's books and has developed several typefaces. He 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 in the United States, Europe, Japan, Brazil, and Russia. Chwast and Push Pin were honored at the Louvre in Paris in a two-month retrospective exhibition titled The Push Pin Style. He has had several one-man shows of his paintings, sculptures, and prints in the United States. His posters are in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Gutenberg Museum, and the Israel Museum, among others.

The American Institute of Graphic Arts awarded him the AIGA Medal for 1985. He has an honorary PhD in Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is in the Art Directors Hall of Fame.

Image credit: Dante's Diagram of Hell, illustration for The New York Times by Seymour Chwast.
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By: Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

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