Cris Gianakos Collection


Cris Gianakos was born in New York City in 1934. He studied design at the School of Visual Arts and has been a member of the College’s faculty since 1963. From 1961-1971, Gianakos and Stephen Ancona ran their own design firm. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gianakos designed elegant and spare posters for major exhibitions at SVA including Lucy Lippard’s seminal “Groups,” as well as shows featuring Robert Morris and Frank Stella, among many others. Other design clients included Columbia Pictures Television, Volvo, and General Precision Aerospace. The concerns of his design practice—designing for the rectangle (book jackets, posters, brochures), the commonalities between typography and architecture, and the exploration of the diagonal as a central focus—would all come into play in his later work. Gianakos began creating assemblages and boxes in the 1960s, but over time he shifted his focus, as his new work became more aligned with Minimalism. By 1977, he had begun creating the “ramp” works that have become his signature work. They reflect both his interest in Minimalism and his desire to draw on historical associations beyond form.

General Physical Description

The Cris Gianakos Collection consists of posters, exhibition catalogs and postcards, brochures, letterhead, and book jackets. Contact the Archivist for more information about this collection.


Cris Gianakos Collection, [series. item]. Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, Visual Arts Foundation, New York.

Acquisition Information

The Cris Gianakos Collection was acquired as a gift from Cris Gianakos.

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