Confessions of a Design Thief: Garth Walker
January 18 - March 5, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6 - 9 p.m.
Meet the Artist “Confessions of a Design Thief: Garth
Walker”- Building Cultural Identity Through Design.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
St. Albert’s Hall, Room B70
Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
Sun Yat Sen Hall
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11349
Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday and Sunday closed
Curated by Prof. Elizabeth Deluna
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
This exhibition is free of charge and accessible to the
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About the Exhibit
An exhibition on Garth Walker’s first US retrospective of his work
currently on exhibit in the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery at
St. John’s University’s Queens campus.
Widely regarded as the pioneer of post 1994 ‘South African rooted
graphic design’, Garth has taken the gospel of African creativity
to conferences and workshops in more than 20 countries on all 5
continents. His image archive on South African vernacular street
and township design is the largest extant, and covers literally
everything from gravestones to type, signage and
Garth Walker founded two of South Africa’s best-known graphic
design studios. Orange Juice Design in the early 1990s (acquired by
Ogilvy South Africa), and more recently in 2008, Mister Walker.
Both studio’s work in the corporate sector for many of SA’s best
known brands on both large and small projects across a wide range
of disciplines. But Garth’s real interest lies in “what makes me
African – and what does that look like?” This forms the basis for
much of his personal work. Since 1995 he has published his
experimental studio graphics magazine ijusi, to world-wide acclaim.
The non-commercial magazine provides a platform for creatives
globally to explore their own personal views on the African
Garth Walker is represented or exhibited in the Museum of Modern
Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Art Institute,
International Center of Photography, National Portrait Gallery
(UK), Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Biblioteque Nationale
de France, Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), The Smithsonian and
numerous university and academic collections worldwide. His has
been featured in well over 100 books and magazines. Garth is a
member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), British Design
& Art Direction (D&AD), The Type Directors Club (TDC NY)
and The St Moritz Design Summit. He is a founding Trustee of the
South African Brand Design Council (BDC).