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titleCaveat Emptor: Etsy in the Art World

Exhibition dates: March 4 through April 3, 2022
Reception: April 11, 5-7 p.m. 

SYRACUSE — A new exhibit at Sue and Leon Genet Gallery explores the role that the online marketplace Etsy plays (or will play) in the art world through what is considered ‘fine art.’

Caveat Emptor: Etsy in the Art World aims to present the historical prevalence and popularity of mass-produced objects, as well as how online platforms such as Etsy offer a departure from traditional work made for the masses. Curated by Molly Wight ‘22, a Museum Studies graduate student at Syracuse University, the exhibition is the culmination of independent study and research that showcases several artists including Andy Warhol, Winslow Homer, Japanese woodblock prints and selections from the curator’s personal collection.

The exhibition will be on view at the Sue and Leon Genet Gallery, located on the first floor of the Nancy Cantor Warehouse from March 4th through April 3, 2022. A reception will be held April 11th, at 5-7pm.

‘Caveat Emptor’ examines not only how artists who market their artwork on Etsy interact with the art world, but also the precedent for mass-produced art and how Etsy art shares similarities, but also has differences from types of art like ukiyo-e prints and Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau posters. Artwork that is marketed on Etsy is contemporary art in that it is created by living artists, but it is very different from the kind of contemporary art that most museums collect.

titleI Love Design Research

 A new exhibit at Syracuse University’s Sue and Leon Genet Gallery at the School of Design features SUID Alumni presenting their design research.

The Sue and Leon Genet Gallery in the School of Design is pleased to present the ‘I Love Design Research’ Exhibition, on view from Monday, January 24 through February 20, 2022. A gallery talk and opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Donald Carr states, to engage in Design Research is to open oneself up to a ‘world of factors’ that influence and inspire. Through Design Research, we’re able to view the problem through the lived experience of others and question; how might we think differently?

Design practitioners will tell you it’s not a linear process and there are multiple ways to engage in research-based efforts. Additionally, interpretation and synthesis of data can often reveal ‘conflicting results’ which can be challenging to interpret. However, this often leads to informed insights that point the way to breakthrough ideas. Therefore, it’s incumbent upon the designer to prototype and test to confirm what the data is suggesting.

SUID Alumni are presenting their design research, a collection of projects intended to focus on the research phase and various approaches to the research process.

The assembled work in this exhibition includes a range of products, services, and experiences that have been practiced, prototyped, and perfected to represent solutions to problems identified by the designers through their initial research. 

titlePeter Piening: Abstract Visions in Modernist Graphic Design

‘Peter Piening: Abstract Visions in Modernist Graphic Design’ according to Page, “will highlight Piening’s significant contributions to the field of modernist graphic design from the 1930s-1960s and his role as a teacher and mentor at Syracuse University (1958-1973). The exhibit will bring together for the first time his logo and trademark designs as well as dynamic abstract commercial work created for numerous publications and record albums.”

  1. Peter Piening (1908-1977) was a German American graphic designer and educator.

Born in Grabow, Germany, he studied at the Bauhaus and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Berlin in 1931. After graduation, Piening began working in publishing in Berlin and was among many European artists of his era who fled the Nazi occupation of Germany. He traveled to Paris and worked for Conde Nast before coming to the United States in 1934.

In New York, Piening began working at Vogue magazine and later worked with numerous New York advertising agencies and publishing houses. He was the Art Editor for Life magazine in 1937, and from 1941-1944 he was the Art Director at Fortune magazine. His editorial expertise led to freelance work for additional publications such as Architectural Record, Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan. He also produced creative work for Lincoln, Ford, Shell Oil, and Ballantine Beer.

In addition to his design practice, Piening was also an educator who taught at the Art Students League and New York University before being appointed Professor of Advertising Design at Syracuse University in 1958. He taught at Syracuse University until his retirement in 1973.

‘M. Peter Piening: Abstract Visions in Modernist Graphic Design’ was curated by Meri A. Page, Assistant Professor of Communications Design. The exhibition will be on view at the Sue and Leon Genet Gallery, located on the first floor of the Nancy Cantor Warehouse from October 29 through December 19, 2021. A public reception at the gallery will take place on Thursday, November 11 from 5-7 pm.

This exhibition is supported by a Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts Research Grant.