stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia
 
stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia
apr 02, 2012

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia

stefan sagmeister taking a break in the men’s room to prep for ‘the happy show’ all images courtesy of the institute of contemporary art, philadelphia

 

 

 

stefan sagmeister: the happy showinstitute for contemporary art, philadelphiafrom april 4th – august 12th, 2012

 

the happy show’, the latest exhibition of work by new york-based graphic designer stefan sagmeister, presents viewers with the experience of walking into the creative’s mind as he makes the effort to increase his happiness through means of meditation, cognitive therapy and mood-altering pharmaceuticals. the show is a culmination of the designer’ ten-year exploration of the topic of happiness, expressed through the typographic investigations of a series of maxims, or rules to live by, originally derived from sagmeister’s diary and which have manifested into a variety of interactive forms. to contextualize the ‘proverbs’ which appear throughout the exposition, sagmeister has collected the social data of harvard pscyhologists daniel gilbert and steven pinker, psychologist jonathan haidt, anthropologist donald symons, and several historians.

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia inflatable monkeys on display at ICA’s tuttleman terrace

 

 

 

spanning across the entire second-floor galleries and ramp, as well as activating the museum’s in-between spaces, the show presents sagmeister’s test of the boundary between art and design as it transgresses through his implementation of typography. included in the exposition is a 12-minute clip of the ‘happy film’ a feature length exploration of whether it is possible to train the mind the way in which we train the body. ‘I am usually rather bored with definitions. happiness, however, is such a big subject that it might be worth a try to pin it down.’ – stefan sagmeister

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia monkey…

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia ‘monkey’ in its pre-inflated state

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia installing one of the typographic projects

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia general installation

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia left: the masters at schaller and weber are cutting down hundreds of slices of fine bologna beerwurst right: stefan sagmeister’s master jessica working on handmade bologna cards

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia laser cutting the world ‘happy’ out of bologna

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia ‘the happy show’ invitation in progress

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia packaging the invitations

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia a 12-minute clip of ‘the happy film’ is on show as part of the exhibition


‘the happy film’

stefan sagmeister: the happy show at ICA, philadelphia ‘the happy show’ typographic logo

  • He corrected it right after the photo was taken.

    Phil
  • he spelled understands wrong in the mirror.

    amos
  • Sagmeister is a genius. Fantastic stuff.

    Tom P

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