Best Graphic Design Fix New York 2013 - Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Gallery
Sometimes the conceptual conundrums of a David Hammons installation or the multifaceted imagery of a Neo Rauch canvas causes your brain to occlude your eyes. When you want more straightforward visual jollies, head for the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Gallery in MOMA's design wing, where rotating exhibitions focused on a particular art director or movement are thoughtfully curated on two adjoining walls and inside a large vitrine. A 2008–2009 survey of George Lois's legendary Esquire magazine covers from the 1960s included contact sheets depicting Muhammad Ali pierced by arrows—the St. Sebastian of draft resisters. Another exhibition explored the 50-year history of the typeface Helvetica (no, really—it was riveting). Whether screening heroin-addict adman Robert Brownjohn's title sequence for the James Bond flick Goldfinger or surveying posters from the London Underground, this small space always delights.