Stefan Sagmeister, The Happy Show
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Tickets: $15 – General
$12 - Students
$8 – Seniors
Internationally renowned Graphic Designer Stefan Sagmeister is as celebrated for his commercial work for brands like LEVI’s or his album covers for The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads as he is for his provocative public art installations.
The Happy Show 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. “I am usually rather bored with definitions,” Sagmeister says. “Happiness, however, is just such a big subject that it might be worth a try to pin it down.” 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.
Stefan Sagmeister The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
Stefan Sagmeister The Happy Show is curated by ICA’s former Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director Claudia Gould.
ICA is grateful for primary sponsorship from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. Additional funding has been provided by ICA’s Leadership Circle. We are grateful for the support of The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Instistute od Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. ICA receives state arts funding through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commenwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ICA is also grateful to The Chodorow Exhibition Initiative Fund for support of the exhibition’s tour. (as of May 1, 2012)