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Poster, Okay, Bye

This is a Poster. It was written by Joshua Conkel and designed by Geoff McFetridge and from the office of Ogilvy & Mather and production directed by Margot Bordelon and made for (as the client) Steppenwolf Theatre Company. It is dated 2015 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is four-color offset lithograph on white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Geoff McFetridge designed this poster in 2015 to advertise the play “Okay, Bye” performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. Written by Joshua Conkel and directed by Margot Bordelon, the play tells the story of two former high school classmates that unexpectedly meet again in their thirties at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. While the women didn’t have much in common as teenagers, their present lives are both on the brink of disaster, and their shared situations entangle them in a complicated friendship. McFetridge’s poster conveys the complexity of their relationship through a simple yet surreal design—two intertwined sets of legs in bold but similar red tones visualize a strong but perhaps unsettling connection, evoking a claustrophobic embrace. McFetridge’s signature style is evident in his use of repetition, bold colors, and fine lines to create a visual puzzle.

This object was donated by Geoff McFetridge. It is credited Gift of Geoff McFetridge.

  • Ring, ca. 1955
  • folded sheet silver, bent silver wire.
  • The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
  • 2017-2-2

Its dimensions are

91.4 × 61.9 cm (36 × 24 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black, lower left: OKAY, BYE; in red, lower right: steppenwolf

Cite this object as

Poster, Okay, Bye; Designed by Geoff McFetridge (Canadian, b. 1971); Written by Joshua Conkel (American); Production directed by Margot Bordelon (American); Office of Ogilvy & Mather; Client: Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago, Illinois, USA); four-color offset lithograph on white paper; 91.4 × 61.9 cm (36 × 24 3/8 in.); Gift of Geoff McFetridge; 2017-25-1

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