Saul Bass, one of the great designers of film posters and opening title sequences for the likes of Hitchcock, Preminger and Scorsese, is getting his day in the sun. The Motion Picture Academy and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) are both presenting “Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design” on Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. at MoMA in New York City.
On the program are design historian Pat Kirkham, designer/writer Chip Kidd and graphic designer Kyle Cooper (opening titles for Seven (1995), X-Men: First Class (2011), the Spider-Man trilogy). Part of To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, the program will premiere the Academy Film Archive’s new restoration of Bass’s Oscar®-winning short Why Man Creates (1968). Bass died in 1996.
The event is also timed for the release of Kirkham’s new book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, designed by Saul’s daughter Jennifer.