Gitte Kath: From Denmark to New York, New York to Denmark
Exhibition Dates: January 11 – March 5, 2016
Reception: Tuesday, February 2, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
St. John’s University is honored to present “Gitte Kath: From Denmark to New York, New York to Denmark.” This retrospective exhibition surveys the celebrated Danish designer Gitte Kath’s 40-year career in the field of art, design, and theater.
Kath’s works tend to be sparsely designed with her iconic vintage mechanical typewriter font. Adopting methods that most modern graphic designers would find unconventional, Kath appropriates images of old, used, and familiar objects to create design that is open to aesthetic interpretation. “Gitte Kath’s designs are firmly grounded on her own platform – and, initially, relatively unnoticed by the wider public – she has challenged the more predictable expectations of modern, contemporary posters from day one,” said Lars Dybdahl, Curator of the Danish Museum of Art and Design.
Kath’s refusal to operate solely as a commercial designer has allowed her to carve out a space for creating a breath of work that is striking and unusual while functioning symbiotically with her meditations on life, society, and design.
About the Artist:
Gitte Kath studied at Kolding Artist Mechanics School from 1968 to 1972, today known as Design School Kolding. She has participated in numerous international poster and design exhibitions. In 1990, she received the prestigious international poster award in Brno, Czech Republic. She was awarded the Arbejdslegat from the The Danish Arts Foundation in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. In 2000 she received the National Arts Council Award and, the following year, the Reumert Prize for the year's best children's show. In April 2015, after 41 years at the Theatre Mill in Haderslev, Denmark, she decided to step back from her role as a director and stage designer, and give young people the opportunity to get involved. It was her choice to start what she calls a “generation-change.”
This exhibition is made possible by St. John's College of Liberal Art and Sciences.