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Rational Simplicity and Rudolph de Harak: The Life and Work of a Midcentury Modernist Designer

Join Richard Poulin, author of the first major publication on Rudolph de Harak, as he gives an in-depth and definitive account of this influential midcentury modernist designer’s life and work.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: @Palm Springs, @Annenberg Theater, Book Signing, Presentation, Talk

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Rudolph de Harak was one of the most influential designers of the mid-twentieth century. Inspired by early modernist masters Will Burtin, György Kepes, and Alvin Lustig, as well as by the rigor and rationalism of European Modernism and the International Typographic Style, de Harak developed and refined his timeless and pioneering work from his early years in Los Angeles to his success as a design consultant and educator in New York City.

Throughout his illustrious career, he continuously explored the potential of abstraction, geometry, color, and photography in new and exciting ways. De Harak brought his creativity and inventiveness to everything he created — from album covers, book jackets, posters, and branding, to furniture, environmental graphics, exhibitions, and museums. His prolific work for a wide range of clients included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia Records, Esquire Magazine, McGraw-Hill Publishing, and the Cummins Engine Company, among others.

Join Richard Poulin, author of the first major publication on Rudolph de Harak, as he gives an in-depth and definitive account of this influential midcentury modernist designer’s life and work. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Richard Poulin is a designer, educator, author, and artist living in Southern California. His forty-year career is based on a generalist approach to graphic, environmental, interior, and exhibition design, dividing his time between professional practice and academia. He is a recipient of a research grant in design history from the Graham Foundation; a recipient of a Fellow from the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), the profession’s highest honor; and his work is in the permanent design collections of the Denver Museum of Art, Letterform Archive, Library of Congress, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  Richard is also the author of several books on graphic design, typography, and design history which have been translated into eight languages and used by students and practitioners worldwide.

A valuable addition to the chronicling of modernism, and worth the wait….it is a big book….filled with just the right amount of historical, professional, and personal detail. [Richard] Poulin has given us an ideal monograph.
— Steven Heller, Print      

richardpoulin.net

$15

Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
Annenberg Theater,  Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Courtesy Thames + Hudson

 
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