Text Me: How We Live in Language

September 17, 2017 – February 4, 2018

Adam j. kurtz

Adam j. kurtz

The individual component of language—text—is the prime vehicle used to express the experiences of our existence—from minor moments of daily life to the grand nature of the human condition. Our ancestors as far back as the cave man have been using symbols to document and record experiences.

Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of nearly every moment of life, and we use text in all of its forms to define reality, emotions and even time itself. We are now living in a world wherein the condition of our visual communication reflects the condition of our culture. Conceived and curated by designer, podcaster, and brand strategist Debbie Millman, this exhibition is an attempt to organize, express, translate and reflect both how we live in language and how language now defines our lives.

Featured designers and artists include:

  • 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
  • Jane Dorn
  • Adrienne Grace
  • Emily Weiland
  • Adam J. Kurtz
  • Tony Pinto
  • Pam Butler
  • 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
  • Jessica Hische
  • Oded Ezer
  • 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
  • Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers
  • Armin Vit & Bryony Gomez-Palacio
 

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: