New York Public Library Menu Archive: New Aquisition

100410-demian-razor-menu-1-cutI was surprised to find out today that a menu I designed has been accepted into the New York Public Library’s Menu Collection archive.  I was also surprised to find out that the New York Public Library has a Menu Collection in the first place.  In retrospect it does seem obvious that the NYPL would.  But evidently the obvious can sometimes pass unnoticed right in front of me.  Anyway…

Last month curator and writer Nicola Twilley, who writes the fascinating blog ‘edible geography’, put together an exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture entitled ‘Landscapes of Quarantine’.  As part of the exhibit Nicola commissioned Michael Cirino of ‘culinary experience’ A Razor A Shiny Knife to put on two nights of dinners based on the concept of ‘quarantine’.  Being a sometime collaborator with A Razor, Michael asked me to design the menu for the dinners.  The menus were a lot of fun to design, allowing me to play with imagery of virus and bacteria close-ups as well as the graphic language of pharmaceuticals and health care.  A detail of the menu is shown above but the full menu can be seen here:

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The dinners were a great success.  We walked away happy from a well conceived and orchestrated event as well as relief that we hadn’t caught something in the process.  But today Nicola informed me and the rest of the A Razor A Shiny Knife crew that she had contacted the NYPL’s culinary archivist and submitted the menu for our event.  The archivist accepted it and I am happy to say that it is the first piece of my design work to be catalogued in the New York Public Library.  Now just to land a book deal…