Date(s) - September 16, 2021 - October 15, 2021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Clara Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts
Opening: Thursday, September 16, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Designers for Glaser: International Invitational Exhibition in Homage to Milton Glaser
Bolivia Poster Biennial BICeBé in collaboration with Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition CIIPE, the Golden Bee, the National Design Biennial UBA – Argentina and the International Poster Festival of the University of Buenos Aires UBA, as co-organizers among Diseñadores Gráficos Bolivia and the Aurea Foundation for the Visual Arts and Design is honored to present an homage to Milton Glaser, where they invited their founding members, referents and designer friends from around the world to share their graphic tribute to master Glaser.
«The good is the enemy of the great» said master Milton Glaser and with this, he defined a life of inexhaustible and inspiring visual and intellectual production that today is a legacy for us as visual creators. Glaser transcended in life with his legacy and with his departure, he has awakened in all of us a yearning for the permanent search to generate -if only- a little of the symbolic charge of his designs. What is certain is that this tribute doesn’t only respond to the will to make one, but to represent in a visual record, the memory of the man, the teacher, the illustrator, the typographer, and the designer; in the same way that he -more than once- taught us the way to reconnect and make the passes with our creative search and profession. Thank you very much for allowing us to write this memoir and to be part of this tribute.
Susana Machicao | Bolivia
Director of the Bolivia Poster Biennial BICeBé
Founder member. CIDC International Poster Design Committee
The Designers for Glaser poster exhibition represents a very fortunate collaborative resolution to many difficult international circumstances brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Organizers of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE) and the Biennial of the Poster Bolivia (BICeBé) were faced with the problems of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduling required by the international measures restricting travel and assembly.
The CIIPE committee decided on the cancellation of satellite exhibitions that were in development and a resetting of our biennial exhibition sequence to begin again in September 2022 with the postponed 22nd show. We were considering an alternate exhibition of posters gathered from our extensive collections at hand. In the meantime, Milton Glaser passed away at age 91. The loss of the great master inspired our counterparts in Bolivia to organize an appreciation of his legacy with an online exhibition of international poster designers’ personal design tributes to his memory. After discussions, the two organizations agreed that a partner effort to include a hanging show in the Hatton Gallery at Colorado State University would benefit our combined audiences very well. It seemed a natural fit that Colorado could complement the Bolivian online presentation with a printed showing of the wonderful work.
Designers for Glaser is a living tribute not only to Milton’s innovative poster work over many years but he was also a seminal creative force in all manner of international visual communications. He was clever, insightful, mischievous, funny, and thoughtful wherever he found the opportunities. These posters recognize his gifts and contributions with gratitude.