Don’t Miss These Los Angeles Graphic Design Museum Events & Exhibitions in May

We’ve been updating our Calendar section dedicated to California events, exhibitions and competitions relevant to digital media and graphic design!

For Los Angeles locals, don’t miss these interesting (and free!) graphic design museum events and exhibitions during the month of May. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is exhibiting work by famous graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister, while FIDM Museum & Galleries is hosting a special Memorial Day poster exhibition. If you are looking to get inspired by fine art, don’t miss the current exhibit at PROJECT Gallery, owned by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Sarah Gough.

Read details below and make sure to browse our Calendar for more upcoming events.

Stefan Sagmeister “The Happy Show” Exhibition at MOCA

Stefan Sagmeister's "The Happy Show" exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Images courtesy of moca.org.

Stefan Sagmeister’s “The Happy Show” exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Images courtesy of moca.org.

From moca.org:

“The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles presents the first Los Angeles museum exhibition of the work of graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. The exhibition Stefan Sagmeister The Happy Show follows presentations at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (April 4-August 12, 2012) and the Design Exchange in Toronto (January 9-March 3, 2013), and will open at MOCA Pacific Design Center on March 20-June 9, 2013. Sagmeister not only tests the boundary between art and design, but often transgesses it through his imaginative implementation of typography. The Happy Show, a thematic exhibition of film, print, infographics, sculpture, and interactive installations offers visitors the experience of walking into the designer’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.

Centered around the designer’s ten-year exploration of happiness, this exhibition presents typographic investigations of a series of maxims, or rules to live by, originally culled from Sagmeister’s diary, manifested in a variety of imaginative and interactive forms. To contextualize the maxims that appear throughout the exhibition, Sagmeister has gathered the social data of Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, anthropologist Donald Symons, and several prominent historians. In addition to individual works, some of which have been custom-made for this exhibition, The Happy Show includes a personal narrative, as Sagmeister’s individual experience is portrayed beside social data detailing the role of age, gender, race, money, and other factors that determine happiness. A 12-minute segment of the Having Guts, a feature length exploration of whether it is possible to train the mind the way we train the body, will also be on view.

Stefan Sagmeister (b. 1962 Bregenz, Austria; lives New York) is a designer who blends typography and imagery in striking, fresh, ambitious, and unsettling ways. Having influenced the culture of design over the past decade, he is perhaps best known for his album covers for Talking Heads, Lou Reed, OK Go, and The Rolling Stones, to name only a few, as well as innovative campaigns, for companies like Levis, that have entered the public consciousness.

Stefan Sagmeister The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

The exhibition is curated by Claudia Gould, the Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, The Jewish Museum, New York.”

Read more about Stefan Sagmeister’s “The Happy Show” exhibition here.

PROJECT Gallery Exhibition & Live Music Event

Join PROJECT Gallery for a special live music event featuring Sarah Pigion and Jack Kovacs and browse the current “Fragile Empire” exhibition featuring the work of Jeremiah Kille on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Located in the heart of Hollywood, PROJECT Gallery is owned by Sarah Gough, a Graphic Design Alumna of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Read more about Gough and PROJECT Gallery in a previous blog post here.

Read more about this event here.

Jeremiah Kille "Fragile Empire" art exhibition currently at PROJECT Gallery until May 26, 2013.

Jeremiah Kille “Fragile Empire” art exhibition currently at PROJECT Gallery until May 26, 2013.

“Freedom’s On Me” Memorial Day Poster Exhibition at FIDM Museum

Join FIDM Museum & Galleries and the FIDM Chapter of the Student Veterans of America at a special Memorial Day poster exhibition commemorating fallen U.S. military members. Graphic design posters designed by artist Poto Leifi a United States Army Reserve Specialist, Veteran, and Fashion Design Alumnus will be featured.

RSVP to rsvp@fidmmuseum.org

Freedom's On Me poster exhibition presented by FIDM Museum & Galleries and the Student Veterans of America FIDM Chapter

Freedom’s On Me poster exhibition presented by FIDM Museum & Galleries and the Student Veterans of America FIDM Chapter

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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