B A C K G R O U N D
1926 Born: October 15, Yakima, Washington
1942 Displaced: Interned by the U.S. Government's War Relocation Authority for Japanese-American ancestry.
1943 Enlisted: Joins the United States Army, stationed in Italy, 1945
1948 Enrolled: Moholy-Nagy's New Chicago Bauhaus – Institute of Design at IIT, Chicago
1952 Bachelor of Arts in Visual Design, Institute of Design - IIT, Chicago: Student of Harry Callahan: photography, John Walley and Richard Dobby
1952-63 Graphic Designer / Typographer: worked for various design studios
1963-73 Professor: University of Illinois at Chicago: School of Art and Design: Taught: Communications Design, Undergrad & Graduate Programs
1974-75 Professor: North Carolina State University, School of Design: Taught: Communications Design, Undergrad & Graduate Programs
1976-96 Professor: University of Illinois at Chicago: School of Art and Design: Taught: Communications Design, Undergrad & Graduate Programs
1982-93 Invented & Produced:The "Bigs" Robotic Machine and create one-of-a-kind "cybergram" photographic, gelatin silver, fiber prints
2010 Died: May 22, Chicago, IL
E X H I B I T I O N S
2017 - 2018 Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung: November 2017 to March 5, 2018: Berlin, Germany Abstract nude photographs shown in the exhibit: NEW CHICAGO BAUHAUS: EXPERIMENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM.
2013 Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art: December 9, 2016 - January 29, 2017, Chicago, IL
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presented the museum’s second collaboration with the Bauhaus Chicago Foundation,
“CUBISM COLLAGE CYBERGRAMS CONCRETE:4 Artists from Moholy-Nagy’s School.” This exhibition, curated by T. Paul Young, is rooted
in the founding of the New Bauhaus which formally opened its doors in 1937 at the renovated Marshall Field mansion on the near south side
of Chicago. This new school, directed by former Bauhaus Master László Moholy-Nagy, began a powerful and dynamic new chapter within
Chicago’s art, design and educational community. The four gifted artists exhibited here, Alexander Corazzo, Gretchen Schoeninger Corazzo,
Robert Nickle and Tadao Takano, are among many from Moholy-Nagy’s school whose work has received only rare exposure to a
broad public audience.
2016 Photo Independent: April: The International Exhibition of CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPY, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Fabrik Expo: Janurary 29- 31: The Exhibition of ART, DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art: Chicago, August 9 - Sept 29: Chicago's Bauhaus Legacy. Exhibition curated by
T. Paul Young and Stanislav Grezdo; this museum exhibition was created in partnership with the Bauhaus Chicago Foundation
and featured works by some one hundred students and teachers of Moholy-Nagy's New Bauhaus / Institute of Design. Tad Takano's
work is represented in the permanent collections of the Bauhaus Chicago Foundation and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art,
Chicago. In addition, his work is represented in many distinguished private collections. Takano is also represented in the artist's
Archive of the Chicago Public Library. Chicago, IL
1992 GALLERY 400, Parallel Environments: University of Illinois at Chicago, Faculty Group Show Chicago, IL
1988 Fairweather Hardin Gallery: Drawing with Light, Chicago, IL
A one man show featuring Takano's cybergram prints.
P U B L I C A T I O N S , A R T I C L E S A N D P O S T S
1984-86 Cover Designs; Design Issues periodical, MIT Press: Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 1984, Volume 1, Number 2, Fall 1984
Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 1985, Volume 1, Number 2, Fall 1985 / Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 1986
1986 Design Issues Periodical; Six Cybergrams illustrated: pages 78-84 Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 1986, MIT Press
1989 Article by Alan Artner;"Pioneering Art Shows Unique Expression," Chicago Tribune, October 21, 1988
1989 Article "89 People to Watch in 1989," by the Style staff, Chicago Tribune, Style Section 7, Wed. January 4, 1989
2006 Richard Buchanan, Dennis Doordan, Victor Margolin, "Twenty Two Years of Pluralistic Discourse, August 2006, MIT Press
2013 Exhibition catalog: Chicago's Bauhaus Legacy, Volume 2
2014 Design Issues, Volume 30, Number 2, Spring 2014, MIT Press, The introduction refers to Tad Takano's typographic cybergrams.
2015 Pinterest Website: MIT Press noted Design Issues covers by Tad Takano, along with renowned designers, Massimo Vignelli,
Katherine McCoy and Michael Beirut.