12 March 2019


Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America

Exhibition Dates:
March 21–May 2, 2019

Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Avenue (68th St.)
New York, NY 10065 map

Gallery Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

The Italian influences on American culture are far-reaching and well-documented. Yet, with a few exceptions of some key figures chronicled in Italian and American graphic design histories, the work by Italian graphic designers published in America is less well known. From Fortunato Depero’s move to New York City in 1928 to Unimark International’s work of the 1960s and 1970s, Italian graphic designers were living and publishing important work in the U.S. The sixteen designers featured (Italian-born and a few “adopted” Italians) contributed commercial graphic design in America during the pre and post World War II eras from approximately 1928 until 1980. With over seventy original works, the exhibition aims to bring more attention to this prolific network of collaborators who, with their unique achievements, played a significant role in coalescing modern graphic design in America. Exhibition on view from March 21 to May 2, 2019.

The publication Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America (Corraini Edizioni, 2019) is for sale at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York City. Essays by Steven Heller, Alessandro Colizzi, Alexander Tochilovsky, and curators Patricia Belen, Greg D’Onofrio, and Melania Gazzotti.

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Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America