Society Seeks Name for Harkness Murals

There's a story drifting around the Graduate Center to the effect that the creator of one of the works of art displayed in the Harkness Building walked up to a picture of his last week, started, paled, and with ill concealed anger turned the picture up end down. He complained that it was hanging upside down.

A mural in the dining hall is probably the most inscrutable of the Center's art works. Nobody knows quite what it's supposed to be and several graduate students think that giving it a name would help.

Toward this purpose they formed the International Society for the Propagation of Taste and Discernment Among Intellectuals and Others. The group offers a $15 award for the best name and explanation of the mural submitted to it.

The mural, painted by Herbert Bayer, consists of a series of Inter-twining lines and is colored various shades of green. Two splotches of bright red complete the design. Walter Groplus, professor of Architecture and Chairman of Architects Collaborative, the group which designed the center, said the idea comes from sixteenth century French tapestries that depicted plant life.