This December 2013, Woodbury University’s WUHO Gallery will host an exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking environmental graphic design of Deborah Sussman. This will be the first retrospective of her early work, including projects completed while she was at the Eames Office up to the 1984 Olympics. This will be a month-long celebration that will include a panel discussion, gallery exhibition, and poster publication. The exhibition is curated and organized by Catherine Gudis, Barbara Bestor, Thomas Kracauer, and Shannon Starkey. Your donations will specifically go to mounting this exhibit: framing, secure mountings on walls, secure display boxes for 3-D items, everything from nails to paint to frames to display boxes!
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From her years with the Eames Studio in the 1950s and 1960s, her partnership with Paul Prejza and the incorporation of Sussman/Prejza in 1980, to the creation of the iconic identity and “pop-up” architecture for the 1984 LA Olympics, Deborah Sussman has helped shape the visual landscape of Los Angeles and define the field of environmental graphic design. We need your help to mount an exhibition of about 50 objects and images that represent her early- to mid-career. By contributing to this kickstarter effort you will be a part of an exhibition that will offer insights into the cultural milieu of LA as it developed into a global city, the organic connections between modernist and iconoclastic architecture in LA (from Charles and Ray Eames to Sussman/Prejza), and the role of collaboration in design.
Deborah Sussman has worked at the interface of graphic design and the built environment for more than 60 years. She has created striking visual imagery and devised its imaginative application for architectural and public spaces both permanent and temporary, including the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Seattle's opera house, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Throughout her career Sussman has claimed an ever more expansive role for graphic design in the urban landscape. Sussman uses graphic design to emphasize aspects of the built environment and to provide rich connections to the communities and cultures in which it will participate.
Sussman has a long standing relationship with architects starting from her first job as a designer in the Eames office in 1953. Breaking out on her own just a few years later, into an architecture and art world run exclusively by 'studs', she worked and surrounded herself socially with the likes of Ed Ruscha and Ed Kienholz.
In Sussman’s work architectural ideas can be tracked through her graphic work, at the same time being subject to its influence - from the use of supergraphics to giant sonotubes which could be read like a graphic wrapped around to become a self-supporting piece of temporary architecture.
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We need your help to successfully mount the exhibition. Your funds will allow our team to safely mount and present these unique one-of-a-kind pieces. We have created this Kickstarter, which will only last one month, to ensure we have the support we need to bring Deborah Sussman's iconic work to the public.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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