The Lustigs: A cover story

The Lustigs promo 300x200 v2Alvin 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 presents “The Lustigs: A Cover Story”—an exhibition which includes nearly 500 of their book, magazine and catalog covers designed and illustrated between 1933 and 1961.

The two worked together after their marriage in 1948, and Elaine Lustig Cohen assumed ownership of Alvin Lustig’s design practice after he passed away, emerging “among her male counterparts as an exemplar of contemporary graphic design and typography.” He was posthumously honored with the prestigious AIGA Medal in 1993, and she 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.


The Lustigs: A Conversation with Elaine Lustig Cohen and Steven Heller

In conjunction with the exhibition, AIGA New York is hosting a special talk with Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Learn more at

See the exhibition in New York

The exhibition is on view though February 15, 2013 at the AIGA National Design Center in New York City. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours:
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Please note: The AIGA National Design Center gallery will be closed Monday, January 21.

Gallery location:
AIGA National Design Center Gallery [map]
164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) 
New York, NY 10010
212 807 1990

Special thanks

Exhibition design and identity design: College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota 

Select Alvin Lustig materials courtesy of the Rochester Institute of Technology Cary Graphic Arts Collection in Rochester, New York 


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from theNew York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.