SVA's Iconic Subway Posters on View in Czech Republic, Argentina and Jamaica
October 14, 2019
SVA's historic subway posters continue their worldwide tour this fall, appearing concurrently in exhibitions in three countries. "Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present" is now on view at the Galerie ABF in Prague, Czech Republic, through October 31; at the Universidad CAECE in Mar del Plata, Argentina, through November 5; and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, through November 11.
"Underground Images" comprises a decades-spanning selection of promotional SVA posters, all designed by notable faculty members. The three current exhibitions bring together 63 of the myriad posters created at SVA for display in the vast New York City subway system, offering a glimpse of the history of the College and the collective talent of its acclaimed design and illustration faculty. Featured designers have included Milton Glaser, Marshall Arisman, Paula Scher, and Stefan Sagmeister, among many others. The exhibition is curated by SVA Executive Vice President Anthony P. Rhodes, who has served as creative director for the posters since 2007, and organized by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay faculty member Mirko Ilic and SVA Galleries director Francis Di Tommaso.
Some 200 posters have been created for the SVA subway poster series, whose beginnings date back to some of the earliest days of the College. "Underground Images" has traveled to more than 20 countries since 2013, including Brazil, China and South Africa. For more information about the exhibition and its full list of contributors, click here.