Massimo & Lella Vignelli’s Legacy: St. Peter’s Church

But in those days, it seemed to me that the whole city of New York was a permanent Vignelli exhibition. To get to the office, I rode in a subway with Vignelli-designed signage, shared the sidewalk with people holding Vignelli-designed Bloomingdale’s shopping bags, walked by St. Peter’s Church with its Vignelli-designed pipe organ visible through the window. At Vignelli Associates, at 23 years old, I felt I was at the center of the universe.

Striking tribute to the late Massimo Vignelli from Michael Bierut. I’m fortunate that, over the past five years, I’ve had the chance to spend lots of time visiting the Vignelli-designed St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan.

Hanging the next show

I’m not religious, but this is a special place. The church takes an active role in New York’s thriving artistic community, with everything from jazz services to rotating exhibitions of fine art in its galleries. If you’re ever in the neighborhood around 54th and Lex, stop in just to take a look around – the staff is welcoming and friendly, and equally happy to answer questions or just leave you to wander in peace.

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