Exhibitions   14 January 2013

The Lustigs: A Cover Story

Alvin Lustig and Elaine Lustig Cohen created a distinctive body of design work that melded the ideas of European modernism with a uniquely American approach to graphic design. In partnership with the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, AIGA, the professional association for design, presents “The Lustigs: A Cover Story”—an exhibition in New York which includes nearly 500 of their book, magazine and catalog covers designed and illustrated between 1933 and 1961.

Alvin Lustig was best known for provocative book covers and jackets and is renowned for a variety of design breakthroughs in graphic, furniture, interior, product and architectural design. He was a writer, design critic, and an educator at Black Mountain and Yale. He designed advertisements, showrooms, apartments, retail stores, and ran his own type shop in Los Angeles. Elaine Lustig Cohen married and worked with him after their marriage in 1948, though not as a designer. When he died at age 40, she inherited the studio, emerging among her male counterparts as an exemplar of contemporary graphic design and typography.

Lustig was posthumously honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal in 1993, and Lustig Cohen was honored with the AIGA Medal in 2011. Although each has been recognized with individual exhibitions, this retrospective is the first in which their work has been shown together.

AIGA National Design Center Gallery
164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) 

New York, NY 10010 
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(212) 807-1990

Gallery Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.


AIGA is also hosting an event in conjunction with the exhibition: A Conversation with Elaine Lustig Cohen and Steven Heller, co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design and author/editor of over 150 books on design, will take place Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Museum of Arts and Design. Tickets can be purchased here.

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