Collection in Context: Selected Contemporary Photographs of Hands from the Collection of Henry Mendelssohn Buhl

April 10 – June 7, 1998

Drawn from the expansive photography collection of Henry Buhl, the exhibition presents a selection of sixty-eight works dating between 1947 and 1995 by such renowned photographers as Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Liebovitz, Ralph Gibson, Garry Winogrand, and many other notable artists.

Offering a fascinating range of photographic styles and techniques, Collection in Context ultimately takes an intriguing look at the metaphorical potential of hands.

Public Programs

3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 1998
Lecture: Professor Raymond H. Starr, Jr., Dr. Amar Klar, and Professor Sam McCready

A reception will follow.


Word & Image: Swiss Poster Design: 1955 – 1997

 February 9 – April 3, 1998

Swiss Poster poster

Public Programs

4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25, 1998
Exhibition Tour: Thomas Strong and Christopher Pullman, Vice President for Design for WGBH, public broadcasting in Boston
Lecture: Christopher Pullman

Over sixty posters, as well as publications by 30 influential Swiss designers will be presented to explore the impact and influence of the International Typographic Style or Swiss Design on graphic design and visual communication. The Swiss Design style emphasized an overall clarity of composition created by an innovative combination of typography, photography and graphic elements in which the message became an integral part of the design and the designer an “objective conduit” of information to society.

Both the exhibition and accompanying catalogue will explore in-depth how the particular use of typography and photography have largely defined what is now known as Swiss Design. Represented in the show will be key works by such internationally recognized designers as Max Bill, Armin Hofman, Josef Muller-Brockmann, Bruno Monguzzi, Siegfried Odermatt, and Rosmarie Tissi. Drawn mostly from the extensive collection of Thomas Strong, partner in the graphic design firm Strong-Cohen, New Haven Connecticut, the exhibition is curated by Assistant Professor Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Department of Visual Arts, and Cynthia Wayne, Curator of Exhibitions, and will be accomplanied by an illustrated catalogue.