Architecture and Design Museum

Armin Hofmann FARBE/COLOR
curated by April Greiman
Wilshire Boulevard Location

For Armin Hofmann, lecturing at design schools and working as a freelance graphic artist went hand in hand: his activities as an educator invariably provided inspiration for his own work. Rather than a doctrinaire approach, Hofmann’s teaching style centered on the students’ engagement with their own experiences and abilities, so enabling them to hone their individual perception of design issues.

During his many years as a teacher at various institutions across the world, including the Basel School of Design in Switzerland and the Yale University School of Art, Hofmann accumulated a treasure-trove of experiences and findings on the subject of color. Following his retirement, he produced 20 silkscreen portfolios, each containing 12 compositions. The exhibition at A+D Architecture and Design Museum showcased one of Hofmann’s portfolios as well as 16 studies of the prints as a part of Farbe / Color. In addition to the portfolios, Hofmann’s work in the built environment was represented as physical, color interventions into the museum itself.

Exhibition Design: Michael Rotondi and April Greiman