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: Photography

The Vignellis’ archives are full of examples of photography. They partnered with photographers again and again in their designs for the artwork in posters, catalogs, and numerous monographs on nature, culture, and even photography itself. Vignelli Associates created graphic identities for photographers and photography exhibitions. We’ll display marketing photographs alongside their actual design artifacts and see for yourself how their thoughtful use of images showcased their designs. The archives contain numerous examples of photo formats from vintage Polaroids to digital images.

Josh Owen
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When and Where
March 22, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room/Location: Vignelli Center for Design Studies
March 23, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room/Location: Vignelli Center for Design Studies

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