Based in the School of Design, the Sue & Leon Genet Gallery hosts exhibitions curated or consisting of work by the school’s students, faculty, and alumni. Exhibitions are presented during the academic year.

Current Exhibition

Just Our Type: An Exploration of Typography and the story behind Syracuse University's own Sherman typeface

October 4-November 12, 2017

In 2016, Syracuse University hired Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, to create a new visual identity for the 21st century. When it was discovered that there was a unique connection between the University and Frederic W. Goudy, one of America’s foremost type designers, and that the Special Collections Research Center was in possession of original Goudy type matrices, the decision was made to incorporate these original artifacts into the project. Just Our Type highlights the new Sherman Book typeface, developed from Goudy’s original design by Chester Jenkins of Village Type Foundry, the cornerstone of the University’s new brand identity. Through documentary video, didactic timelines and displays, and examples of original Goudy artifacts from the University’s Special Collections, this exhibition explores the elements typography through the lens of Syracuse’s own signature typeface.

Just Our Type exhibition

Past Exhibitions

Cirkut in Time: Photographs by Jamie Young | March-April, 2017

The exhibition featured 12 large scale panoramic photographs shot by the artist between 2001 and 2017 using the antique rotating ‘Cirkut’ camera manufactured in the early 1900s. These cameras can document up to 360 degrees, capturing the entirety of large groups within their environment.

“Looking at a panoramic photograph is like unwinding a Chinese scroll, allowing the viewer to slowly take in the story that unfolds,” explains the artist, who began shooting with these cameras nearly 20 years ago. “It’s well suited to exploring the relationships among subjects, objects, and photographer in a broad landscape, and creates a portrait of individuals within a larger community.”

Organized by the Graduate Program in Museum Studies, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University.

Cirkut in Time photo
Image: Graduate Program in Museum Studies Students and Faculty, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

IID Senior Thesis Exhibition | May-September, 2017

The annual thesis exhibition features the work of graduating seniors in the Industrial and InteractiveDesign program in the School of Design.

Ukiyo-E To Shin Hanga: Patterns of Japan | November 3-December 16, 2016

A selection of prints and textiles from the Syracuse University Art Collection and the Genet Costume Collection that illustrated the transition of imagery through 250 years of the Japanese woodcut. The prints date from the height of color Ukiyo-e printmaking (circa 1780-1868) through Japan’s Meiji period (1868-1912) to twentieth century impressions of the Shin Hanga movement (1915-1940s). Beginning with portraits and designs of well-known courtesans and bathhouses, the imagery evolved to depict popular allegory and theatrical stories as well as reflections of the Japanese landscape. Later prints from the Shin Hanga (“new prints”) movement look back to the traditional Ukiyo-e method, but embody contemporary scenes and compositions.

Ukiyo-E to Shin Hanga print
Image: Yoshida Hiroshi (Japanese 1876- 1950)
Fujiyama- First Light of the Sun, 1926
Syracuse University Art Collection, 1996.0043

Emilio Sanchez: No Way Home, Images of the Caribbean and New York City | October 21-December 10, 2015

Emilio Sanchez: No Way Home, Images of the Caribbean and New York City exhibition featured 24 works by the Cuban American artist best known for his brightly colored, strongly shadowed paintings, prints, and drawings of Caribbean and New York City architecture. The show highlighted a gift to the University Art Collection from the Emilio Sanchez Foundation of over 250 paintings, drawings, and prints.

Sanchez (Camaguey, Cuba, 1921 – New York, 1999) moved to New York from Cuba in 1944 to take art classes at Columbia and by 1952 decided to relocate there. His early pictures were inspired by the landscape surrounding his father’s plantation in Cuba and described cane fields dotted with palm trees or working class residences and villages. Apparent in them is an interest in pattern, color, and strong lighting contrasts that came to characterize his mature style.

Emilio Sanchez photo
Image: Emilio Sanchez, untitled, Casita Doble, c1990s. Syracuse University Art Collection, 2010.0203

Philippe Halsman’s Hollywood | March 3-April 15, 2014

Philippe Halsman created iconic photographs of celebrities, politicians, fashion, musicians, and more. He began his career in France, but moved to the United States during World War II. He worked extensively on projects with Life magazine and was especially well known for his “jumpology” photographs, which featured his subjects mid-jump.

Chairs: A Designer’s Choice | January 22-February 15, 2014

This exhibition brought together chairs that have been collected by faculty members in the Department of Design. A chair is the most basic representation of furniture. Formed to support the body, it is defined by the characteristics of human anatomy: bending in one direction at the waist and bending in the opposite direction at the knees. At the same time, a chair, created to support a single individual at a time, has long been considered an aesthetic object, a visual reflection of the taste and power of its sitter.

Chairs exhibition

Between the Spaces: Works by Cecile Gray Bazelon | October 29-November 26, 2013

This exhibition presented the work of distinguished artist and alumna Cecile Gray Bazelon ’49. Bazelon’s work has been described as surreal, Precisionist ,and hard-edged as well as elegant and dislocating. A defining aesthetic in her paintings is the stylistic manipulation of space; she often uses wide-angle perspective to delineate her many images of the New York skyline, resulting in a striking series of conceptual viewpoints.

Between the Spaces exhibition

FAQ: Fearlessly Asked Questions | April 10-May 1, 2013

FAQ aimed to be an innovative, educational, and beautiful presentation with two thematic narratives: the types of questions we ask and how we seek answers to those questions. The gallery housed interdisciplinary displays with artifacts and resources drawn from history, science, art, pop culture, and personal interviews.

The Design Impact of Robert Blaich | February 8-24, 2013

This exhibition showcased the distinguished career of Syracuse University alumnus Robert Blaich ’52, H’90, and the impact of his 60 years in the design field.

The Design of Impact exhibition

Raw Revelations: The Reunion of Hand Tools and Production | September 24-October 10, 2012

Raw Revelations: The Reunion of Hand Tools and Production explored the connection between history, design, and craftsmanship through a sensory experience. The show invited the public to learn about the history of hand tools and woodworking, witness part of the process of creating a wooden stool by hand, and find out how to reconnect the process of creation and the final product. ​

Raw Revelations exhibition

Stickley Furniture: the Evolution of a Design | April 20-May 13, 2012

Stickley Furniture: the Evolution of a Design presented an inside look into the furniture-making process of one of America’s most legendary furniture companies.

In this exhibition, patrons could follow the design process from inspiration to finished product through the Bristol Chair--a piece that was inspired by a work in the Stickley Museum Collection.

Educational Toys by Roy Wilson | March 23-April 17, 2012

Educational Toys by Roy Wilson featured works designed by 1970 Syracuse University alumnus Roy Wilson. Toys on display included those made for the Learning Curve Toy Co., such as the 1992 Thomas Wooden Railway project and the 1994 Lamaze Infant Development System, which he researched, designed, engineered, and manufactured. 

Education Toys exhibition

Six Sides of Japanese Package Design | December 2, 2011-January 19, 2012

The Six Sides of Japanese Package Design focused on the way the design of the package relates to Japanese culture and consumerism. Each section of the gallery was a realization of the groups’ respective themes in the form of a museum exhibition.

Japanese Package Design exhibition

The American Look | October 15-November 11, 2011

This exhibition united original Arts and Crafts Movement furnishings with an emphasis on those designed by Gustav Stickley and clothing worn by American women during 1909-1913--a rarely seen combination.

The American Look exhibition