Join us for the launch of “Muriel Cooper” by David Reinfurt and Robert Wiesenberger along with a lively discussion between author David Reinfert, designer Mark Owens, and Katie Reilly, William T. Ranney Director of Publishing at Philadelphia Museum of Art. RSVP
“I guess I’m never sure that print is truly linear.” —Muriel Cooper
Muriel Cooper (1925–1994) was the pioneering designer who created the iconic MIT Press colophon (or logo)—seven bars that represent the lowercase letters “mitp” as abstracted books on a shelf. She designed a modernist monument, the encyclopedic volume The Bauhaus (1969), and the graphically dazzling and controversial first edition of Learning from Las Vegas (1972). She used an offset press as an artistic tool, worked with a large-format Polaroid camera, and had an early vision of e-books. More than two decades after her career came to a premature end, Muriel Cooper’s legacy is still unfolding.
Mark Owens is a designer, writer, and curator working between New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and an MA in English and literary theory from Duke University. For the past decade he has worked as an independent graphic designer, primarily for publishers and clients in the cultural realm. He is co-editor with Zak Kyes of the catalogue for the exhibition Forms of Inquiry at the Architectural Association, London, and his essays have appeared in Dot Dot Dot, Visible Language, Grafik, PIN-UP, Bricks from the Kiln, and Experimental Jetset’s recent monograph, Statement and Counter-Statement.
David Reinfurt is 1/2 of Dexter Sinister, 1/4 of The Serving Library, and 1/1 of O-R-G inc. Dexter Sinister started as a small workshop on the lower east side of Manhattan and has since branched pragmatically into projects with and for contemporary art institutions. The Serving Library publishes a semi-annual journal, maintains a physical collection, and circulates PDF texts through its website. O-R-G is a small software company. David currently teaches at Princeton University and his work is included in the permanent collections of Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. David is the 2016-2017 Mark Hampton Rome Prize fellow.
Katie Riley is the current William T. Ranney Director of Publishing at Philadelphia Museum. Before coming to Philadelphia she held positions as Director of Publications at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, and Editor of Scholarly Publications at the Art Institue of Chicago.