Vignelli Center Open House

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Please join RIT's Vignelli Center for Design Studies for Open Houses!

Want to see original artifacts from the archives but don’t know where to start? Archives can feel like mysterious places hidden behind locked doors. Now you can have a look! No appointment required. Free and open to the public.

Each month we will feature different content from our archives, from the Vignellis and beyond. We will also have hands-on activities, special guests, related events, and, of course, tons of unique artifacts for you to see. You can drop in and stay for a few minutes or stay for hours. Open Houses run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. 

As always, our galleries are open to the public and feature the greatest hits of the design work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli. But during Open Houses, our archivist will be digging deep into the archives to show you one-of-a-kind original sketches and other artifacts of the Vignelli design process. You can see the designs that you know and love, but expect many surprises even if you are a Vignelli “superfan!”

Enter through University Gallery and stop by our design: Vignelli exhibition on the second and third floors then make your way up to the fourth floor to see hundreds of artifacts from the archives.

No registration necessary. If you need a visitor parking pass, stop by the RIT Visitor’s Center to get one. Nearest parking lots are E of F. see for maps of the RIT campus.

Follow us on social media to hear more details about themes and special activities. We can’t wait to see you!

Note: To protect the artifacts, especially in our tight spaces, we will provide you with a place to leave food/drinks, large backpacks and coats during your visit.

Theme: Architecture

Lella Vignelli came from a family of architects and both her and her husband Massimo Vignelli studied as architects in Italy. Although they were never licensed to practice in the USA, architecture and architects play a key role in their work. To celebrate the Vignellis connection to architecture we’ll display: books and magazines on architecture; graphics for architecture organizations, architects and real estate developers; architectural graphics on buildings, and interior designs.

Josh Owen
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When and Where
January 25, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room/Location: Vignelli Center for Design Studies
January 26, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room/Location: Vignelli Center for Design Studies

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