white panel printed with a design of black ovals of various sizes and outlines of ovals of various sizes; stitched on long sides

Ovals, 1951

Joel Robinson was a talented New York graphic artist who in 1951, at the young age of 28, won the distinction of being the first Black artist to ever win MoMA’s coveted Good Design award. He remains the only known Black designer to have obtained this achievement. Robinson’s winning design was Ovals, which featured black ovals of various sizes printed on white linen. Alongside five other textile designs by Robinson, Ovals was featured at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Good Design exhibition from November 28, 1951, to January 27, 1952 in a display designed by leading Danish architect, Finn Juhl.

Details
Title
Ovals
Artist Life
1915 - 2012
Role
Designer
Accession Number
2020.76
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white panel printed with a design of black ovals of various sizes and outlines of ovals of various sizes; stitched on long sides
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