Museum of Islamic Art Opens

The new Museum of Islamic Art opens next week In Doha, Qatar. The Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, includes the 41,000 square feet of gallery space organized around a domed atrium. The New York Times article, "In Qatar, an Art Museum of Imposing Simplicity," highlights I.M. Pei's latest achievement. Malcolm Grear Designers created the press event presentations which introduced the new Museum to a worldwide audience.

MGD had previously collaborated with I.M. Pei to develop the environmental graphics for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Read the article in the New York Times.

Exhibition Celebrates Hugh Townley's Unique Artistic Imagination

Hugh Townley: The Wizard with Wood opens October 30 at Wheaton College's Beard & Weil Galleries. This comprehensive exhibition, spanning more than five decades, highlights Townley's extraordinary body of work: from unpainted wood sculptures (for which the artist is best known), to vibrantly colored reliefs, plywood reliefs, early ceramics, drawings in graphite and pastel, lithographs, woodcuts, and embossed relief prints. Opening nearly nine months after the artist's death, The Wizard with Wood honors Townley's unique artistic vision and imagination.

Malcolm Grear Designers was asked to design the catalogue that accompanies Townley's show. The artist's wooden pieces feel palpable in this 48 page catalogue which features 60 large-scale, color images. Malcolm Grear, a friend of the late Hugh Townley, has designed numerous catalogues and posters for the artist.

Hugh Townley’s work has been shown in 50 one-person exhibitions and nearly 100 group exhibitions. During his nearly 30 years of teaching at Brown University he was an extremely productive artist—exhibiting widely, and receiving distinguished awards and commissions. He was still planning new work and this exhibition when he died of Parkinson’s Disease February of this year.

Hugh Townley: The Wizard with Wood opens October 30 and runs through December 1, 2008.

For more information, please visit Beard & Weil Galleries.

Oskar Eustis and the Public Theater

We recommend reading Campbell Robinson’s recent New York Times article on Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director at the Public Theater. Click to read the New York Times article.

Malcolm Grear Designers worked closely with Oskar during his tenure at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Under his leadership, we designed an award-winning branding program for TrinityRep, which included a highly successful donor recognition system. We miss Oskar’s passion and vision, and we wish him the best!