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Elaine Lustig Cohen

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Design +1 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016) built a career specializing in book cover design, museum catalogs and building signage, most of which she inherited from her husband's business after his early death at age 40. Cohen was never formally trained as a designer, and worked as a production artist for her husband, after his death she took over the business and built a successful and highly regarded career. Much of the work she did in this phase included graphic design and signage for architectural spaces, having taken over a project for Philip Johnson upon her husband's death. In addition to signage Cohen's design work included idnity design and advertising as well as museum catalog designs, though most prolifically she produced work as book designer. Cohen closed her business in 1969, choosing instead to focus on painting, though she continued to take design jobs occasionally from clients and she designed catalogs for the rare book company, Ex-Libris, she founded with her second husband Arthur Cohen, while all of Elaine Lustig Cohen's work can be viewed as experimental it is the work she did for herself and her husband as clients at Ex-Libris that is exceptionally so. Some of her longest running clients included Meridian Books and the Jewish Museum, examples of work from both can be found in this collection along with catalog designs for Ex-Libris. Cohen earned recognition within the graphic design community with awards like the 2011 AIGA Medal.

This is a collection highlighting the career of graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen as part of the American Women’s History Initiative.

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Elaine Lustig Cohen

Elaine Lustig Cohen

BIO

Mandy Horton

Signage Design

Mandy Horton

Elaine Lustig Cohen Interview

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Graphic Design

Mandy Horton

Advertisement, Schlumberger, Continuous Dipmeter

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Advertisement, Schlumberger Sonic Log

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, Inc.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Picasso: Five Master Works, Kootz Gallery, New York, NY

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Federal Aviation Agency

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Marca-Relli, Kootz Gallery, New York, NY

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Globe Leather Corporation, 432 Park Avenue South, New York, NY

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Black and White

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Hebrew Bible in Christian, Jewish and Muslim Art

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ben Benn: Painter

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Philip Johnson Architecture 1949–1965

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 Kinetic Sculptors: Nicolas Schöffer and Jean Tinguely

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Book Design

Mandy Horton

Literature in America

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Strange Islands

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Baby Doll

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Varieties of History: from Voltaire to the Present

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Making of Europe

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Memoirs of a Revolutionist

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

From the NRF, Nouvelle Revue Française, New French Review

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Book of Jazz

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Politics: Who Gets What, When, How

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Witchcraft

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Hard Candy

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

On Modern Poets

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Scenes from the Drama of European Literature

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Main Stream of Music and Other Essays

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Ideal Reader: Selected Essays by Jacques Rivière

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

I Remember

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Federalist

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Clear Writing

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ex-Libris

Mandy Horton

Ex Libris 9: Futurism

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ex Libris 11: Bauhaus

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ex Libris 16

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Futurist Photography

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

NEWS

Mandy Horton

A Cellophane-covered Catalyst

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

In memoriam: Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927–2016)

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum