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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Big Black Dot

The New York City Opera is the latest in a slew of NYC cultural institutions to overhaul their image. George Steel, the Opera’s new ambitious director hired esteemed design studio 2X4 to develop their new identity that is bold, direct, and confident in its treatment and application.

The dot triggers a philosophical discussion. City Opera is a bare-bones operation that produces spare versions of a luxury product. In theory, that could make it the ideal cultural entity for this lean age: What better way to forget about your troubles than to watch people sing about worse ones? “Luxury needs to engage ideas,” Sellers says. “Opera deals with darkness and schizophrenia, and in a time when we’ve been so deluded, that directness is reassuring.” She stops talking. The black dot sits ominously on the table, and for a moment no one speaks. Finally, Steel smiles, and the room relaxes. “I love the graphic strength,” he says. “I love it. We have a swell season, and we want it to be, Bam! Bam! This is what we’re doing: You got a problem with that?”

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