Elaine Lustig Cohen in Conversation

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Perhaps you’ve seen the exhibit on display at the AIGA National headquarters. Now hear Elaine Lustig Cohen talk about life with Alvin Lustig and her own art and design career, in a conversation with me this Thursday:

Elaine and Alvin Lustig, modernists

THE LUSTIGS: A CONVERSATION WITH ELAINE LUSTIG COHEN & STEVEN HELLERAn AIGA/NY event / Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm / $30 general / $10 members and students

The Theater at MAD

2 Columbus CircleNew York, NY 10019

click here to purchase tickets, or call 212-299-7777Alvin Lustig was a designer-of-all trades. Best known for provocative book covers and jackets, his short life (he died at age 40) was renown for a variety of design breakthroughs in graphic, furniture, interior, product and architectural design. He was writer and 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, though not as a designer. When he died, she inherited the studio, many of his clients and the deadlines. She taught herself typography and made an early career as one of the few women freelance designers until leaving the field to pursue her art. This conversation about life with Alvin and her own career between Elaine and Steven Heller with whom she co-authored the book, Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig, coincides with the exhibition at the AIGA National Headquarters “The Lustigs: A Cover Story” in partnership with the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Alvin Lustig’s little-known title for Mister Magoo

Elaine Lustig Cohen’s Depero collage