A new gallery, conceived by Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press, called 'Katherine Small Gallery' has recently opened. The gallery is dedicated to small exhibits about graphic design and typography.
Katherine Small Gallery is meant to encourage affordable collecting as a way for graphic designers and students of design to learn about the history of their field.
Every year the gallery will feature three to four larger shows about graphic design, typography, and printed ephemera, with smaller monthly exhibits about postage stamps designed by type designers and notable graphic designers. Nothing on display will be for sale. Russem describes Katherine Small Gallery as, 'like a free private museum of design scholarship' meant to appeal to whatever interests Russem at that moment – and hopefully interests the local community of graphic designers, bibliophiles, and regular people, too.
First up is ‘Ivan Chermayeff: Mostly Early Covers’. The show is about exactly what its title suggests. As Russem explains, ‘if you're not familiar with Ivan's work, look around you. If you're in Boston, when you take the T or go to the Aquarium or watch WGBH, you'll see his logos. If you're in the rest of world you can see his designs (or his firm's designs) for the Smithsonian, Chase Bank, MoMA, Barneys, and NBC.’
When Ivan Chermayeff was getting started in the 1950s, he designed book covers. These covers, while not hard to find, are often overlooked when shown alongside the rest of his iconic work. This little exhibition aims to give them their due.
In addition to the small and larger exhibitions, one will find for sale a modest selection of books and magazines about graphic design and typography from publishers all over the world. There will also be a handful of books designed by Russem, so one can not only get design books from Europe and Japan, but poetry, art, and scholarly books from New York and Boston, Brooklyn and Boulder.
Until 4 August 2018
Katherine Small Gallery
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143