San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA) Architecture and Design Forum, a Museum auxiliary, will present a lecture/screening For Openers: The Art of Film Titles.
For Openers: The Art of Film Titles celebrates the evolution of the unique art of motion picture title design and features over twenty memorable title sequences from the 1950s to the present, including Vertigo, Dr. Strangelove, Barbarella, Alien, Seven and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Collaborating on the project are David Peters of MetaDesign and Ken Coupland, writer who will explore the creative strategies behind some of the most dramatic and engaging designs in cinematic history.
Additional film titles include:
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) Saul Bass
Psycho (1960) Saul Bass
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Stephen Frankfurt
Dr. No (1962) Maurice Binder
Pink Panther (1963) Friz Freleng
Goldfinger (1964) Robert Brownjohn
Bullitt (1968) Pablo Ferro
Alien (1979) Richard Greenberg
The World According to Garp (1982) Richard Greenberg
Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Juan Gatti
To Die For (1995) Pablo Ferro
Clockers (1995) Balsmeyer & Everett
Casino (1995) Elaine & Saul Bass
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) Kyle Cooper
Seven (1996) Kyle Cooper
Night Falls on Manhatten (1996) Jakob Trollback
Goldeneye (1996) Daniel Kleinman
Office Killer ( 1997) Bureau
Entre Las Piernas (1998) Juan Gatti
David Peters has researched thousands of films to create an extensive collection of title sequences and short films on design that span the 100-year history of cinema. His pioneering work in media history was recognized by a media design grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Beyond his studies in media aesthetics, he is a strategist at MetaDesign, a firm specializing in interaction design, information design, and branding.
Ken Coupland writes about art, architecture, photography, and interior and graphic design for an international roster of publications. A contributing editor of Graphis magazine and Graphis Books, he is a regular contributor to Critique, HOW, and Metropolis magazines. He has also written and designed several Web-based works of fiction, and served as curator for several exhibitions devoted to digital art and design.
The lecture/screening will be held Thursday, February 1, 2001 from 7 to 9 pm in SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Theater. Tickets are $15 general; $12 SFMOMA members, seniors, and students; $10 A & D Forum members. For additional information, please call 415/357- 4000 or 415/ 357-4027.
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