MoMA, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Celebrate Saul Bass

Saul Bass tribute time! This evening, the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences join forces to present “Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design,” part of MoMA’s festival of film preservation. In addition to the New York premiere of Saul and Elaine Bass’s Academy Award-winning 1968 short Why Man Creates, freshly preserved by the Academy Film Archive, the event will include a rich selection of Bass-designed title sequences, commercials, and corporate campaigns. But this is no ordinary screening: designers Chip Kidd and Kyle Cooper will be on hand to offer their perspectives on Bass’s enduring influence, and design historian (and Bass pal) Pat Kirkham will share her memories of the late designer. Can’t make it to MoMA? Order Kirkham’s new book about Bass. The eagerly anticipated tome, out this month from Laurence King, was designed by Jennifer Bass (daughter of Saul) and contains a whopping 1,484 illustrations. (Yes, we counted.)

A glimpse into the production process of Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design: