Current Exhibit

Dick Bruna and Black Bears and Japanese Matchboxes

December 7, 2018 through May 2019

While Dick Bruna was writing and illustrating his early books for children, he was also designing book covers for mysteries and detective novels. On the other side of the world, Japanese artists and designers were designing matchbox labels. What do Dick Bruna's covers have to do with Japanese matchboxes? This exhibition finally answers that question. Learn more »


Erik Spiekermann

May 3 through June 1, 2019

Erik Spiekermann turns 72 on May 30—so we've assembled a modest showing of Dutch postage stamps by this award-winning German designer. How did a German come to design Dutch stamps? And isn't it unusual that more than one subject (in this case, more than one sport) would be featured on a single stamp? Learn more »

Forthcoming Exhibits

Matthew Carter's Top Ten

Matthew Carter's Top Ten

Spring 2019

What catches the eye of this MacArthur Award-winning type designer when he's not designing type? Let's not kid ourselves: Matthew Carter is always looking at letters. But he does not live by letters alone—and you might be surprised by what's found its way to his list of top ten favorite things. With just ten things on this list we get to see what makes him not just a well-rounded type designer, but a well-rounded person.  Learn more »

Past Exhibits

The Bauhaus and Herbert Bayer and Banknotes

The Bauhaus and Herbert Bayer and Banknotes

February 15 through March 16, 2019

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Germany, we've assembled a modest showing of banknotes designed by Herbert Bayer. While it's not hard to find pictures of these banknotes on the Internet, one rarely gets to see them in real life. Learn more »
Ivan Chermayeff: Mostly Early Covers

Ivan Chermayeff: Mostly Early Covers

May 5 through December 1, 2018

It’s not difficult to find examples of book covers by Ivan Chermayeff (1932–2017), but when displayed alongside his firm’s intimately familiar logos for Mobil, Showtime, MoMA, and Chase, they tend to get lost. Ivan Chermayeff: Mostly Early Covers is an opportunity to focus on forty-one of Chermayeff’s less-celebrated designs without being overwhelmed by the iconic work for which he is so well known. Learn more »

Previous Stamp-Designers-of-the-Month

Hermann Zapf

Hermann Zapf

March 29 through April 27, 2019

Hermann Zapf may have been the greatest type designer of the twentieth century, but he considered himself to be, primarily, a book designer. So, he was pretty good at his secondary pursuits. But what about tertiary pursuits such as designing postage stamps? Learn more »