Expressions of Gio Ponti
The Expressions of Gio Ponti, 1966 – 1968
In 1966 – 1968 Nathan Shapira conceived and designed a major traveling exhibition on The Expression of Gio Ponti. Many of the exhibits that Prof. Shapira conceived and curated were traveling exhibits. Prof. Shapira had this vision of disseminating design knowledge, facts and history of many well known designers and people in society such as the traveling exhibit he did of Gio Ponti’s work, and other exhibits. This Gio Ponti exhibit which traveled across the United States and again was probably was one of Prof. Shapira’s signature exhibits. The exhibition was initially presented at the UCLA art Gallery and later shown at a number of prestigious museums in the United States and Canada, such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
The Expression of Gio Ponti was first begun at UCLA. Gio Ponti, a world-renowned architect, professor at the Politechnico di Milano and editor of Domus design magazine. Ponti befriended NathanShapira as a mentor and professor. They worked very closely together and relied on Prof. Shapira to coordinate and curate a retrospective of his work in the United States. As a result the exhibit planning, development and implementation is documented by a valuable collection of letters, sketches and documents between the great Milanese architect -‐ designer Gio Ponti and the late Nathan Shapira, Ponti’s student and professor emeritus at UCLA. The Gio Ponti exhibition was initially presented at the UCLA art Gallery and later shown at a number of prestigious museums in the United States and Canada, such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.