10 Nov

The Mead Library of Ideas

Tony Palladino Collection: Drawer 9, Folder 8. Poster for exhibition Poster USA 1960-1970.

The Mead Library of Ideas, a gallery maintained by the Mead paper company in New York’s Pan Am building, held exhibitions in the 1970s showcasing the best contemporary graphic design. In a mode similar to professional organizations like the Art Director’s Club or AIGA, the Mead Library recognized exceptional work in traditional industry formats like the poster, annual report, etc. Several designers in the archives were commissioned by the gallery, including Chermayeff and Geismar and Seymour Chwast:

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 26, Folder 13. Poster for Mead Library of Ideas 23rd International Annual Report Competition, 17 × 22 in., 1979.

Seymour Chwast Collection: Drawer 37, Item A54. Poster for Mead Library Ideas Exhibition My Best Work, 12 × 24 in., 1971.