Pioneering modern art and design by Norman Ives explored in major exhibition

Norman Ives, Centaur, 1973, serigraph, 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches © Norman S. Ives Foundation.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, will present Norman Ives: constructions and reconstructions, a large-scale exhibition, which opens on Saturday 29 January. The exhibition explores the range and evolution of Norman Ives’ work and features examples of his paintings, collages, serigraphs, bas-reliefs, murals and graphic design. The exhibition will be on view until April 24.

An innovative artist and graphic designer, Norman Ives (American, 1923 – 1978) pioneered the use of typeface and lettering as the primary subjects of his designs. He was a student of Josef Albers and taught at Yale
University School of Art from 1952 until his death in 1978. Ives achieved success through a multi-faceted career as an artist, designer, publisher and teacher. His mastery of form is reflected in his personal work and his creations.

“We are delighted to include this important exhibition of Ives’ work in our calendar this year,” said museum director Sam Quigley. “This represents our continued efforts to explore a wider range of art, including Connecticut artists.”

Illustrating the wide range of Ives’ brilliant artistic output, this exhibition traces the artist’s lasting contributions to art and graphic design. He is recognized as an important modernist of the early 20th century. Ives’ visual skills and passion guided everything he did. His abstract typographic artwork, innovative posters and brochures, and elegant symbol designs have inspired generations of designers and artists.

To accompany the exhibition, John T. Hill, designer, author, photographer and student and colleague of Ives at Yale, will host an in-person talk on Wednesday, February 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. On Wednesday, March 16 from 6-7 p.m., there will also be a virtual conference with John T. Hill and Leonard Stokes, Professor Emeritus of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase, who was assistant, colleague and friend of ‘Ives. For more information on these and other exhibition-related events, please visit

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