Eye for Design at Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), June 7 – September 18, 2016

“Drawn from its own archive and that of the American Craft Council, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents Eye for Design, an exhibition that explores the unique graphic identity created by the Museum (then the Museum of Contemporary Crafts) in the 1960s and 1970s through its imaginatively designed exhibition catalogues and related ephemera. As the field of graphic design became increasingly corporate driven, the designers featured in this exhibition—including Emil Antonucci, John J. Reiss, Sam Richardson, and Linda Hinrichs—dared to break graphic conventions and captured the spirit of the Museum with hand-drawn illustrations, playful use of typography, vibrant color, fresh design, and inventive adaption of the catalogue form.” — Museum of Arts and Design

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The World of Puppets, 1962. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, December 7, 1962-January 13, 1963

Craftsmen of the Central States, 1962, Sam Richardson. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, September 20- November 10, 1963

Creative Casting, 1963, Sam Richardson. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, March 22 - May 12,1963

Woven Forms, 1963, Sam Richardson. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

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Contemporary French Bookbinding, 1964, Sam Richardson (art director). Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

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Glass: Czechoslovakia and Italy, 1964, Sam Richardson. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

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Amusement Is …, 1964, John J. Reiss. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, September 24 - November 7, 1965

The Art of Personal Adornment, 1965, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, January 21- March 20, 1966

Fantasy Furniture, 1966, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design). Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, June 3 - September 11, 1966

Craftsmen USA 1966, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, November 18, 1966 - January 8, 1967

People Figures, 1966, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, April 5 - June 9, 1968

Body Coverings, 1968, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, January 23 - March 28, 1971

Furs and Feathers, 1971, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Sept. 30 - Jan. 10, 1971

Coffee, Tea and Other Cups, 1971 Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, September 22, 1972 - January 1, 1973

Objects for Preparing Food, 1972, Emil Antonucci. Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design)

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, April 1 -June 13, 1976

The New American Quilt, 1976, Linda Hinrichs, Carol Sandgren, Hinrichs Design Associates (designers), The New American Quilt, 1976.  Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design).  Photo courtesy American Craft Council Archives

Images courtesy Museum of Arts and Design