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Pop Artist Designs Poster for MIT

October 3, 2002

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Pop artist Peter Max, who has designed posters of politicians, sporting events and religious leaders, is taking his career in a new direction: At 65, he has designed his first poster for an academic institution.

Max’s poster celebrating the 50th anniversary of MIT’s Sloan School of Management will go on display later this month. The 18-by-24-inch poster will feature ``celestial imagery″ with bright colors and characters, typical of Max’s designs.

The New York City-based artist has painted more than 1,000 posters including some featuring Mikhail Gorbachev, World Cups, Super Bowls, the last six U.S. presidents and the Dalai Lama.

Max said he has long been fascinated by astronomy and the sciences, both areas in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology excels.

The artist is connected to MIT through second-year Sloan student Mannig Simidian. She met him at a Boston art gallery last year, and went to work at his New York studio.

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