Design at Southern Illinois University
John McHale was an English artist and writer who joined the SIU
design department in the early 1960s.
In London in the early 1950s, John worked as a pop artist with the
independent group. He is thought to have been the first person to
use the term “pop art.”
McHale came to America in 1955 to study at Yale with Joseph
Albers. Bucky was also teaching at Yale at that time. The
Architectural Review of July, 1956 carried a six-page biography of
Buckminster Fuller by John McHale, this appears to be one of their
In 1961 McHale published Education in Progess about the design
department (check the documents tab for a copy). The next year
his book, R Buckminster Fuller, came out from Prentice-Hall.
By 1964, Bucky and McHale had moved to a new office at 711 South
University. McHale worked on more books, magazine articles, and
the World Design Science Decade project. In 1964 he led the
Geoscope project at Colorado State University. read more
Back of figure says:
Aug 19, 1967
John McHale with what appears to
be a birthday card in the form of a
stick figure. The back of the figure
says, Happy Birthday- Aug 19, 1967
and Le Mondial. The face appears to
be a picture of John with the words
see the world on one cheek.
Le Mondial probably refers to Le
Festival Mondial: the world festival
U.S.A. at Expo 67 in Montreal where
Bucky’s dome housed the U.S.
All McHale birthday photos by Dale Carlson
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