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Exhibition Detail
Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019


October 5th, 2012 - March 18th, 2013
Opening: 
October 5th, 2012 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
 
Preparatory study for Goldfinger title sequence, Robert BrownjohnRobert Brownjohn,
Preparatory study for Goldfinger title sequence,
1964, Silver-gelatin print
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This small focus installation features the first film title sequence to enter MoMA’s collection as a design work in its own right, along with related preparatory material. As memorable as the film itself, the title sequence of Goldfinger (1964) captures the sexual suggestiveness and wry humor of the James Bond mythos. Scenes from the film are projected strategically onto starlet Margaret Nolan, while minimal credit texts balance each shot. It was designer and art director Robert Brownjohn (American, 1926–1970) who conceived, designed, and directed this sequence, one of the best examples of title design used to produce a salient film component, rather than a necessary afterthought. Brownjohn's short but influential career integrated the fields of design, advertising, film, photography and music. He moved in 1960 to London, where he was at the epicenter of the burgeoning “swinging '60s" scene. Brownjohn deployed type in dynamic, abstract forms, in this case illustrating both his mastery of modern graphic design and his ability to apply sophisticated graphic treatment to popular media.


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