I’ve been lucky enough to see the Strathmore Archives several times (as I’ve written about here and here), but now they are on display at The Opalka Gallery, located on the Sage College of Albany campus — and from the looks of it, the presentation here is as dazzling as the Archives themselves!
The Fall Exhibition, called Paper is Part of the Picture: Strathmore Paper and the Evolution of American Graphic Design, opened last Friday — and may I just add, this part of the country is beautiful this time of year?The exhibition tracks the evolution of American graphic design from the 1890s to the 21st century, as seen through the promotional materials produced by Strathmore Paper. Now owned by the Cohoes, NY-based Mohawk Fine Papers, the Strathmore brand was visionary in its use of design as a means to drive business growth and consumer demand. This strategy was a bold innovation when first embraced in 1895, and led to Strathmore’s iconic status in the commercial and fine art worlds throughout the 20th century.Among the designers work included in the exhibition are luminaries like Will Bradley, T.M. Cleland, W.A. Dwiggins, Lester Beall, Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast. Almost 200 pieces of paper ephemera are on display, many for the first time. Show curator Paul Shaw remarked, “This show reminds us that the history of graphic design includes an immense amount of printed ephemera, and that even in the digital era, much design remains physical and tactile.”The exhibition accompanies a series of programs the gallery will host throughout the fall, including a curator’s talk with Paul Shaw, a tour with Chris Harrold, Vice President and Creative Director at Mohawk, and “Coffee with Creatives,” in partnership with AIGA Upstate. Get the details here, and see it all for yourself during the gallery’s open hours (Tuesday through Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday 12-4pm) through December 15, 2017.