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Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight at the Toby Theater

During one of the many interviews that make up the 2008 flim Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, renowned public artist Glaser says “I could never get the idea of making a painting that somebody would then put in their house. It seemed weird to me. I wanted to do work that was public, that was on the street, that people saw.” This is Glaser’s career in a nutshell: off beat public art works that have come to define New York City media. If you’ve never heard of Milton Glaser, chances are you’ve seen his work. The creator of the ubiquitous I Love New York campaign and a slew of other instantly recognizable images, Milton Glaser also left his mark on the Circle City: the 600 foot mural on the Federal Office Building in downtown Indianapolis is the work of none other than Milton Glaser. You can hear more about Glaser’s life and work from the man himself (well, a 2D recording of him on a movie screen) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Thursday, January 20, 2011 when the Indianapolis museum will be showing Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight at the Toby Theater.

Video of several interviews with designer Milton Glaser, the subject of Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on January 20, 2011

 

A native of New York City, Glaser has a number of instantly recognizable works to his credit, including the DC Comics “bullet” logo, a 1966 psychedelic Bob Dylan poster, the aforementioned I Heart New York campaign (which can still be seen on t-shirts and coffee mugs worldwide, even here in Indiana), and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. Glaser went to school at Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art and eventually went to Bologna to study under Italian still life painter Giorgio Morandi. In 1954, Glaser and some classmates founded Push Pin Studios, and Glaser’s art took off from there. Most of his work was not done on canvas; rather, he worked on album covers, book jackets, posters, envelopes, and magazine illustrations. Milton Glaser founded New York Magazine in 1968 and went on to define “graphic design” for generations of artists. Countless awards have been given to Glaser over the years, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, the 2009 National Medal of Arts, and he is an honorary member of the Royal Society of Arts.

Video of a TEDTalks interview with Milton Glaser, the subject of Milton Glaser: To Inform and Design, showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on January 20, 2011

 

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight is the debut work of director Wendy Keys. The documentary earned the title of Best Educational Film at the 2010 FIFA (International Festival for Films on Art) and has been shown at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Denver Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival. Comprised mostly of interviews with Glaser, Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight takes viewers on a lighthearted, visual journey through Glaser’s New York City and beyond, from his art school days to the height of his popularity in the late sixties and seventies. You’ll see plenty of examples of his work, many of them sprinkled around modern day New York City, and by the end of the film’s seventy three minutes you’ll appreciate the full scope of Glaser’s contributions to the arts.

Video trailer for Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, a film showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on January 20, 2011

 

Though not an Indianapolis artist himself, the work of Milton Glaser has probably influenced the Indianapolis art scene (and art communities around the world) more than can be measured. Come to downtown Indianapolis to educate yourself on the iconic works and inspiring life of the famous artist with Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, a film that “…will leave the audience both lightened and illuminated,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The film will be showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Thursday, January 20, 2011 starting at 7:00 and running until 8:15. The film is presented by the Design Arts Society and the Indy chapter of the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA); Design Arts Society members get in free. Tickets are $9 for the public, $5 for Indianapolis Museum of Art members, and $3 for students of Indianapolis schools. Check out Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight on January 20, 2011 to get an up close and personal view of one of the most influential graphic designers of our time.

Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight at the Toby Theater
Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9/public, $5/members, $3/students, FREE for Design Arts Society members

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