Ray Johnson Designs

  • Posted on Jul 02, 2014 by

The MoMA Library's current exhibition highlights the art of Ray Johnson, which was rooted in his constant practice of correspondence. He dispersed a copious amount of collages and other printed matter through the mail to friends and colleagues. The Museum of Modern Art Library received materials in the mail from Ray Johnson from the 1950s until his death in 1995. This exhibition focuses on Johnson’s early printed materials, especially his promotional flyers for his work as a graphic designer and illustrator. These flyers were some of the first materials that the MoMA Library received from Johnson and they prefigure the graphic motifs and word play that remained central to his later art work. Publications that included Johnson’s design work from this period, including book jacket designs for publishers such as New Directions, The Jargon Society, and City Lights, are also featured.

View the exhibition online or in-person at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Mezzanine at 4 West 54 St., part of the Museum complex in midtown Manhattan from July 2 - September 29, 2014.

Organized by David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library.

Banner image: Opening from BOO/K/OF/THE/MO/NTH. 1956

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