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Remington graphic design lectures are Thursday and Saturday

Feb. 16, 2004

KALAMAZOO--R. Roger Remington, a distinguished scholar of graphic design history is giving a slide lecture on the "Pioneers of Modernist Design: Beall, Burtin and Upjohn" Thursday, Feb. 19, in Room 2302 of Sangren Hall at Western Michigan University.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, Remington will make a presentation and there will be a panel discussion on "Ideas and Ideals: The Vision of Will Burtin and Kalamazoo" at 7 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Both events are free and open to the public.

Remington is a teacher in the graphic design program at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He has published numerous books and articles on the most influential graphic designers of the mid-20th century. He is completing a book on Will Burtin who was intimately involved in creating the Upjohn identity and communications program. Burtin was also responsible for a 50,000 square foot exhibition installed in Berlin during the cold war portraying Kalamazoo and its many industries as exemplifying the democratic and progressive American spirit.

Remington wrote, "Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design," for The MIT Press. His second book, "Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design" was published in July 1996, by W.W. Norton. He is working on a book, "A New Unity: Modernism in American Graphic Design: 1930-1950" for Laurence King Publishers in London.

At RIT, Remington has developed a unique scholarly resource, the Graphic Design Archive. This project involves preserving and interpreting the original source materials of 16 design pioneers such as Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Cipe Pineles, William Golden and Alvin Lustig among others.

For additional information, contact the School of Art Exhibitions Office at 269 387-2455.

Media contact: Jackie Ruttinger, 269 387-2455, jacquelyn.ruttinger@wmich.edu

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