Text Me: How We Live in Language

September 16, 2017 – February 2, 2018

Marian Bantjes, If I Want to Explore a New Direction Professionally, it is Helpful to Try it Out for Myself First, 2007

Marian Bantjes, If I Want to Explore a New Direction Professionally, it is Helpful to Try it Out for Myself First, 2007

Text Me: How We Live in Language showcases the many ways in which text influences art, design, literature, music and all forms of visual communication in culture today. This exhibition casts light on the ways that text in all of its visual forms impacts our world today. From social media to tattoos to way-finding signage to fine art, fast moving consumer goods, clothing, household goods and decoration, bold typographic expression has become the cultural currency of communication and the centerpiece of connection. 

Text Me: How We Live in Language offers an interactive, immersive experience, resulting in a transformative and inspiring experience showcasing how typography and visual expression can change a mood, a culture and the world. Organized into four areas: paper, marks, goods and environments, the exhibition features a variety of artists and designers whose work has been significant in the graphic arts discipline.

Featured designers and artists include:

  • Nicole Eisenman
  • Roz Chast
  • Wendy MacNaughton
  • James Victore 
  • Lesley Dill
  • Edwin Schlossberg
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Marian Bantjes 
  • Louise Fili
  • Brian Singer
  • Christopher Simmons
  • Rodrigo Corral
  • Elliott Earls
  • Rick Valicenti
  • Alison Bechdel



  • Adam J. Kurtz
  • Tony Pinto
  • Pam Butler
  • Stuart Farmery
  • Elle Luna
  • Paul Sahre
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Jenny Holzer
  • Stephen Doyle
  • Stephanie Brody Lederman
  • Joe Hollier
  • Brian Rea
  • Gemma O'Brien
  • Margie Butler
  • Seymor Chwast
  • Santiago Carrasquilla
  • Paula Scher 
  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Milton Glaser
  • Cary Liebowitz
  • Tim Goodman
  • Chip Kidd
  • Shepard Fairey
  • Deborah Kass
  • Lawrence Weiner
  • Abbott Miller
  • Giorgia Lupi
  • Sam Winston
  • Ken Carbone
  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Jennifer Sterling
  • Lisa Congdon

Curated by Debbie Millman

Photo by John Madere

Photo by John Madere

Text Me: How We Live in Language is curated by designer, writer, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters, Debbie Millman. In the 12 years since its inception, Millman’s Design Matters, has garnered more than a million download per year and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Millman's written and visual essays have appeared in publications including The New York TimesNew York, Print and Fast Company as well as Design Observer. She has designed campaign buttons for Hillary Clinton, greeting cards for Mohawk, notebooks for Shutterstock and Baron Fig and many other notable products.She is the author of six books, and in 2009 Millman co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She was president of the design group at Sterling Brands for 20 years, where she worked with more than 200 of the world’s largest brands, such as Burger King, Star Wars and the No More movement. She is President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position.


We are grateful to the sponsors and supporters of this exhibition: