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Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection


Abstract

Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016) was a graphic design pioneer whose work seamlessly integrated modernism with European avant-garde influences. Born in 1927 in Jersey City, NJ, she attended Tulane University and the University of Southern California, from which she graduated in 1948 with a fine arts degree. That summer, in Los Angeles, she met the designer Alvin Lustig, and the two were married in December of that year. Cohen worked as Lustig's assistant, setting type and preparing mechanicals, and the two relocated to New York in 1951. After Alvin Lustig's death in 1955, many of his clients asked Cohen to take over their contracts, including Philip Johnson, for the signage of the Seagram Building, the Girl Scouts of America, and Meridian Books, whose publisher, Arthur Cohen, she would eventually marry. Cohen continued to design book covers for Meridian Books until it was sold to World Publishing in 1960, after which she continued her work as a designer for The Jewish Museum, General Motors, and various other clients until 1969, when she left commercial design to focus on her painting and collage work. She did sporadic design work for the rare book shop and gallery, Ex Libris, that she and Arthur ran together until Arthur's death in 1986. (Ex Libris ran for another twelve years after that.) Cohen continued creating artworks, many of which display the same geometric abstraction of her early commercial design and typographic work. In 2011, she was awarded the AIGA medal. She died in 2016.


General Physical Description

Four manuscript boxes and four oversize folders.


Scope and Contents

The collection comprises mostly printed materials from Cohen's work as a graphic designer. Major clients include Meridian Books, the Jewish Museum and the Kootz Gallery. Works include book jackets, exhibition catalogs, letterhead and other stationery, event invitations and announcements, and brochures.


Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Citation

Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection, [series. item]. Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, Visual Arts Foundation, New York.


Acquisition Information

The Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection was acquired as a gift from Tamar Cohen.

Container List

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 1. Book Design (MG.28.S01)

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 1. Book Design (MG.28.S01)  >  Subseries 1. Meridian Books and Book Jackets (MG.28.S01.S01)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B1 F1
3 Jewish Philosophers (JPS)
1960
B1 F1
Aesthetics Today
1960
B1 F1
The American Pragmatists
1960
B1 F1
Answer to Job by C.G. Jung
1959
B1 F1
Apes, Angels and Victorians by William Irvine
1959
B1 F1
Aristotle: A Complete Exposition of His Works and Thought
1958
B1 F1
The Autobiography of Edward Gibbon
1960
B1 F2
The Bedbug and Selected Poetry by Vladimir Mayakovsky
1960
B1 F2
The Childhood of Man by Leo Frobenius
1960
B1 F2
Chinese Civilization by Marcel Granet
1957
B1 F2
The Confederacy by Albert D. Kirwan (Meridian Documents of American History)
1959
B1 F2
The Conflict of Church and Synagogue by James Parkes
1960
B1 F3
Debates With Historians by Pieter Geyl
1958
B1 F3
The Devil and the Jews by Joshua Trachtenberg (JPS)
1961
B1 F3
Dionysus in Paris by Wallace Fowlie
1960
B1 F3
The Disinherited Mind by Erich Heller
1958
B1 F3
The Dissociation of Personality by Morton Prince
1957
B1 F3
Encounters in History by Pieter Geyl
1960
B1 F4
The Federalist
1961
B1 F4
Film Form Film Sense by Sergei Eisenstein
1957
B1 F4
Frank Lloyd Wright: Writings and Buildings (cover only)
1959
B1 F15
Frank Lloyd Wright: Writings and Buildings (full book)
1959
B1 F4
Freedom, Education, and the Fund by Robert M. Hutchins
1957
B1 F4
Freud and the 20th Century
1957
B1 F4
Freud or Jung? by Edward Glover
1957
B1 F4
From the NRF (Greenwich)
1958
B1 F5
Germany's Stepchildren by Solomon Liptzin (JPS)
1960
B1 F5
God and the Ways of Knowing by Jean Danielou (Greenwich Editions) (cover only)
1957
B1 F16
God and the Ways of Knowing by Jean Danielou (Greenwich Editions) (full book)
1957
B1 F5
God in Search of Man
1959
B1 F5
Gods and Heroes of the Greeks by H.J. Rose
1958
B1 F5
Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism by Erwin Panofsky
1957
B1 F5
The Grass Roots of Art by Herbert Read
1960
B1 F6
Hebrew Reborn by Shalom Speigel (JPS)
1961
B1 F6
Hellenistic Civilisation by W.W. Tarn
1961
B1 F17
History 1 (A Meridian Periodical) (full periodical)
1959
B1 F6
History 2 (A Meridian Periodical) (cover only)
1959
B1 F6
History 3 (A Meridian Periodical) (cover only)
1959
B1 F6
A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy by Isaac Husik (JPS)
1958
D81 F25
A History of Militarism by Alfred Vagts (Greenwich)
1959
B1 F6
The History of Rome by Dero A. Saunders and John H. Collins (Greenwich)
1958
B1 F6
A History of the Contemporary Jews From 1900 to the Present by Solomon Grayzel (JPS)
1960
B1 F6
A History of the United States from the Ages of Exploration to 1865 (Meridian Documents of American History)
1959
B1 F6
The Human Meaning of the Social Sciences
1959
B1 F7
I Remember by Boris Pasternak
1960
B1 F7
The Ideal Reader
1960
B1 F7
Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash by Hermann L. Strack (JPS)
1959
B1 F7
The Ironic German: Thomas Mann by Erich Heller
1961
B1 F8
Jerusalem and Rome: The Writings of Josephus
1960
B1 F8
The Jew in the Medieval World by Jacob R. Marcus
1959
D81 F25
The Jewish Marriage Anthology (JPS)
1965
B1 F8
Jonathan Edwards by Perry Miller
1959
B1 F8
Judaism and Christianity by Leo Baeck (yellow and red) (JPS)
1961
B1 F8
Kiddush Ha-Shem and Sabbath Zevi by Sholem Asch (JPS)
1959
B1 F8
The King and the Corpse by Heinrich Zimmer
1960
B1 F8
Liturgies of the Western Church (Living Age Books)
1961
B1 F8
A Long Day's Dying by Frederick Buechner
1959
B1 F9
The Making of Europe by Christopher Dawson
1957
B1 F9
Marcel Proust on Art and Literature 1896–1919 by Marcel Proust (Greenwich Editions) (cover only)
1959
B2 F1
Marcel Proust on Art and Literature 1896–1919 by Marcel Proust (Greenwich Editions) (full book)
1959
B1 F9
Memoirs of a Revolutionist
1958
B1 F9
The Meridian Compact Atlas of the World
1960
B1 F9
Mozart's Librettos
1959
B1 F10
Nationalism and History by Simon Dubnow
1960
B1 F10
The New Architecture of Europe by G.E. Kidder Smith
1960
B1 F10
The New Poets of England and America
1957
B1 F10
The New Science: 3 Complete Works by Max Planck (Greenwich)
1959
B1 F10
New York Places and Pleasures by Kate Simon
1958
B1 F10
Newman by Louis Bouyer
1959
B1 F10
The Noble Savage 3 (A Meridian Periodical)
1959
B1 F18
The Noble Savage 4 (A Meridian Periodical) (full periodical)
1961
B1 F11
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
1958
B1 F11
Painting and Reality by Etienne Gilson
1959
B1 F11
The Passover Anthology (JPS)
1961
B1 F11
The Persian Letters by Montesquieu (cover only)
1960
B2 F2
The Persian Letters by Montesquieu (full book)
1960
B1 F11
Philosophies of India by Heinrich Zimmer
1957
B1 F11
Philosophy in the Middle Ages: An Introduction by Paul Vignaux
1959
B1 F11
The Philosophy of Spinoza by Harry Austryn Wolfson
1958
B1 F11
The Plays of Christopher Marlowe
1961
B1 F11
Politics: Who Gets What, When, How by Harold Lasswell
1958
B1 F12
Rabbinic Anthology (JPS)
1959
B1 F12
The Renaissance by Walter Pater
1961
B1 F12
The Renaissance of the 12th Century by Charles Homer Haskins
1957
B2 F3
A Reviewer's ABC: Collected Criticism of Conrad Aiken from 1916 to the Present (Greenwich Editions) (full book)
1958
B1 F12
The Romantic Enlightenment by Geoffrey Clive
1959
B1 F12
The Romantics
1961
B1 F13
Scenes From the Drama of European Literature 6 by Erich Auerbach
1959
B1 F13
The Scrolls from the Dead Sea by Edmund Wilson
1958
B1 F13
The Soul Afire by H.A. Reinhold
1960
B1 F13
St. Thomas Aquinas by Jacques Maritain
1958
B1 F13
Studies in Judaism by Solomon Schechter
1958
B1 F14
Talents and Geniuses by Gilbert Highet
1959
B1 F14
The Varieties of History
1957
B1 F14
William James: Essays on Faith and Morals
1961
B1 F14
Witchcraft by Charles Williams
1958
B1 F14
The World of Odysseu by M. I. Finley
1958
B1 F14
The Zionist Idea (JPS)
1960

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 1. Book Design (MG.28.S01)  >  Subseries 2. Miscellaneous Books and Book Jackets (MG.28.S01.S02)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B2 F4
Ardis Publishing. To Be Presereved Forever by Lev Kopelev
1975
D81 F25
Crosscurrent Publishing. The Tremendum by Arthur A. Cohen
1981
B2 F4
D81 F25
David Godine Publishers. Artists and Enemies: 3 Novellas by Arthur A. Cohen
1986
B2 F4
Doubleday. The X in Mexico by Irene Nicholson
1965
B2 F4
Dutton. Poems From Deal by David Shapiro
1969
B2 F4
Harper and Row. The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition by Arthur A. Cohen
1970
B2 F5
Holt Rinehart and Winston. God's Own Junkyard by Peter Blake (full book)
1963
D81 F25
Holt, Reinhart and Winston. The New Churches of Europe by G.E. Kidder Smith
1964
B2 F4
New Directions. In the Winter of Cities by Tennessee Williams
1957
B2 F4
New Directions. The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton
1957
D81 F25
Pantheon Books. The Natural and the Supernatural Jew by Arthur A. Cohen
1963
B2 F4
Schocken Books. If Not Now, When?
1973

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)  >  Subseries 1. Meridian Books (MG.28.S02.S01)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B3 F1
Meridian Books. Advertisement from New York Times (1960)
1960
B3 F1
Meridian Books. Advertisement from Publishers' Weekly (1958)
January 27 1958
B3 F1
Meridian Books. Advertisement from Publishers' Weekly (Fall 1959 )
1959
B3 F1
Meridian Books. Book list Spring 1960 (and complete listing of previous publications)
1960
B3 F2
Meridian Books. Catalogue 1960
1960
B3 F2
Meridian Books. College Catalogue 1961
1961
B3 F3
Meridian Books. Licensing Agreement
n.d.
B3 F3
Meridian Books. Living Age Books advertisement
1957
B3 F3
D81 F22
Meridian Books. Memo to the Bookseller
1958
B3 F4
Meridian Books. Noble Savage, The; letterhead, envelopes
circa 1959
B3 F5
Meridian Books. Stationery
circa 1958
B3 F6
Meridian Books. Theodore Bikel publication party invitation
n.d.
D81 F22
Meridian Books. Webster's New World Dictionary
n.d.
B3 F6
Meridian Books. World Brotherhood flyer
n.d.

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)  >  Subseries 2. The Jewish Museum (MG.28.S02.S02)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B3 F7
The Jewish Museum. An Invitation to Membership catalog
n.d.
B3 F7
The Jewish Museum. Circulating Exhibitions brochure
n.d.
B3 F7
The Jewish Museum. Habdalah catalog
1964
B3 F8
The Jewish Museum. Invitation - Hanukkah card
1963
B3 F8
The Jewish Museum. Invitation - Israel Rogosin Lecture (1962–1963)
1962
B3 F8
The Jewish Museum. Invitation - Israel Rogosin Lecture (1965)
1965
B3 F8
The Jewish Museum. Invitation - Reopening
1963
B3 F8
The Jewish Museum. Invitation - Sixth Annual Queen Esther's Ball (invitation and RSVP)
n.d.
B3 F9
The Jewish Museum. Invitations (miscellaneous)
1963–1967, n.d.
B3 F10
The Jewish Museum. Membership materials
n.d.
B3 F11
The Jewish Museum. Paper bag
n.d.
B3 F12
The Jewish Museum. Stationery - envelopes, business card (Hans van Weerer-Griek), compliment card
n.d.

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)  >  Subseries 3. Kootz Gallery Announcements (MG.28.S02.S03)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B3 F13
3 American Sculptors: Herbert Ferber, David Hare, Ibram Lassaw
1958
B3 F14
Emil Schumacher
1959
B3 F15
Forecast for the 1959-1960 season
1959
B3 F16
Gerard Schneider
1959
D81 F24
Hans Hofmann: Paintings of 1959 oversize brochure
1959
D81 F24
Hosiasson (folded poster)
1958
B3 F17
Kumi Sugai
1959
B3 F18
Kumi Sugai: New Paintings
1960
B3 F19
Kumi Sugai: New Paintings brochure
1961
B3 F20
Kyle Morris: New Paintings
1960
B3 F21
Marca-Relli
1959
B3 F22
Marca-Relli: New Paintings brochure
1960
B3 F23
Mathieu: Paintings of 1958
1959
B3 F24
Phillip Pavia: First One-Man Exhibition of Sculpture brochure
n.d.
B3 F25
Picasso: Five Master Works
1958
B3 F26
Prelude to 1958-1959 Season
1958
D81 F24
Serpan (folded poster)
1958
B3 F27
Soulages
1959
B3 F28
William Ronald
1959
B3 F29
Zao Wou-Ki: New Paintings
1959
B3 F30
Zao Wou-Ki: New Paintings
1960

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)  >  Subseries 4. Exhibition Catalogs (MG.28.S02.S04)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B3 F32
The Jewish Museum. Max Ernst: Sculpture and Recent Painting
1966
B3 F33
The Jewish Museum. Myer Myers: American Silversmith
1965
B3 F34
The Jewish Museum. Philip Guston: Recent Paintings and Drawings
1966
B3 F35
The Jewish Museum. Recent American Sculpture
1964
B3 F36
The Jewish Museum. The Hebrew Bible in Christian, Jewish and Muslim Art
1963
B3 F37
The Jewish Museum. The Silver and Judaica Collection of Mr. and Mrs. M. Zagayski
1963
B3 F38
The Jewish Museum. Yves Klein
1967
B3 F39
The Museum of Modern Art. The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Heller
1961
B3 F40
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. A Selection of Works From the Art Collections at the University of Nebraska. Published on the occasion of the inauguration of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
May 1963
B3 F31
XXXII International Biennale, Venice. USA
1964

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)  >  Subseries 5. Stationery (MG.28.S02.S05)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B4 F1
American-Israel Cultural Foundation, Inc./Jewish Museum of Art letterhead
1959
B4 F2
Arthur A. Cohen E. 69th Street letterhead
n.d.
B4 F2
Arthur A. Cohen E. 70th Street - envelope
n.d.
B4 F2
Arthur A. Cohen E. 85th Street - envelope
n.d.
B4 F3
Arthur J. Katz - letterhead and envelope
n.d.
B4 F4
Arthur L. Loeb - envelope
n.d.
B4 F5
Beth Israel Medical Center: Beth Renfield Center for Nurses - letterhead and logo
n.d.
B4 F6
Bioquest: A Division of Becton, Dickinson and Company - business card
1964
B4 F7
Columbia University HMLI Teachers College envelope
1965
B4 F8
The Delighted Eye - label
n.d.
B4 F9
Eero Saarinen + Ammann and Whitney - Architect-Engineers for Washington International Airport, Chantilly, Virginia
1958
B4 F13
Elaine Lustig Cohen E. 70th Street letterhead and envelope
n.d.
B4 F14
Elaine Lustig Cohen E. 86th Street letterhead and envelope
n.d.
B4 F10
Elaine Lustig E. 66th Street letterhead and envelope
n.d.
B4 F11
Elaine Lustig E. 70th Street letterhead
n.d.
B4 F12
Elaine Lustig E. 86th Street letterhead
n.d.
B4 F15
Emily S. Nathan Public Relations and Publicity letterhead and envelope
1962
B4 F16
Ex Libris: A Division of TJ Art, Inc. letterhead, envelope, label
n.d.
B4 F17
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, Inc. letterhead and envelope
1958
B4 F18
George F. Scheer letterhead and envelope
1958
B4 F19
Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India, Ltd. - SONA: The Golden One invitation, envelope, cards
1958
B4 F20
Harold Kaye letterhead
n.d.
B4 F21
K-C Art Fund envelope and brochure
n.d.
B4 F22
Lustig and Reich, Inc.
1963
B4 F23
Philip Johnson
circa 1967
B4 F24
Richard Meier and Elaine Lustig Cohen Associates
1965
B4 F25
Robert Lee Blaffer Trust envelopes
1958
B4 F26
Spartan Shipbuilding Corporation
1957
B4 F27
TJ Art Incorporated letterhead
n.d.

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 2. Printed Materials (MG.28.S02)  >  Subseries 6. Miscellaneous Printed Materials (MG.28.S02.S06)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B4 F28
Albany Report brochure and business card (logo)
1961
B4 F28
Alvin Lustig: Graphic Design 1936–1955 (American Institute of Graphic Arts) invitation
1977
B4 F29
Elaine and Arthur Cohen. A Party for the New Year (large black 7) invitation
1968
B4 F29
Elaine and Arthur Cohen. New Year's Day (orange and cloves) party invitation
1957
D81 F22
Elaine and Arthur Cohen. New Year's Day party (Jan 1) invitation (oversize)
n.d.
B4 F29
Elaine Lustig Cohen. Happy New Year card
n.d.
D81 F23
Ex Libris. Plastic bag
n.d.
B4 F30
Furman Gallery. Masterworks of African Art catalog
1961
D81 F23
Halftone image of Marcel Proust used on cover of "Marcel Proust on Art and Literature"
n.d.
D81 F23
Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India, Ltd. - SONA: The Golden One bag
1958
B4 F31
Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc. card
1965
B4 F31
Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc. Fall/Winter 1964-1965 catalog (cover only)
1964
B4 F31
Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc. Spring 1965 catalog (cover only)
1965
D81 F23
The House of Seagram. 375 Park Avenue advertisement from Time Magazine
n.d.
B4 F32
Joseph A. Seagram and Sons. Address by Edgar M. Bronfman
May 1960
B4 F32
Joseph A. Seagram and Sons. In honor of Mr. Samuel Bronfman on his 70th birthday program and menu
1961
B4 F32
Joseph A. Seagram and Sons. Life in Other Worlds (tenth anniversary of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation) program and menu
1961
B4 F32
Joseph A. Seagram and Sons. The Future of Man (dedication of new headquarters building) program
1959
B4 F33
Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts. Recital Hall brochure
1961
B4 F34
Lindenmeyr Schlosser. Only 32 days to Christmas mailer
1961
B4 F34
Lindenmeyr Schlosser. Only 47 days to Christmas mailer
1961
B4 F35
Lustig and Reich, Inc. promotional booklet and envelope
circa 1963
B4 F36
Munson Williams Proctor Institute. Museum Reopening booklet and large envelope (Philip Johnson, architect)
circa 1964
B4 F36
Munson Williams Proctor Institute. Reopening Dinner invitation
circa 1964
B4 F37
Museum of Contemporary Crafts. Forms from Israel exhibition invitation
n.d.
D81 F23
The Museum of Modern Art. The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Heller (cover only)
1961
B4 F38
National Museum of Israel. A Hilltop in Jerusalem brochure
1960
B4 F39
The Negative Way (boxed portfolio of ten lithographs by Paul Brach) announcement
1965
B4 F40
Schlumberger. Continuous Dipmeter advertisement
1958
B4 F40
Schlumberger. The Eyes of the Oil Industry advertisement
1958
B4 F41
Stop Pollution: Clean Streams Mean Water for All flyer
n.d.
B4 F42
Teachers and Writers magazine (cover only)
2006
B4 F43
U.S. Mail Collections flyer
n.d.
B4 F44
Union Theological Seminary. Drama and the Christian Faith 1960–1961 brochure
1960
D81 F23
Union Theological Seminary. Summer Workshops
1958
B4 F45
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery (Philip Johnson, architect) invitations, label
1963
B4 F45
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery booklet
1963
B4 F46
The Water Resources Council brochure
1958
B4 F47
Whitney Museum of Art. A Program for the New Whitney brochure
1964

Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives  >  Elaine Lustig Cohen Collection  >  Series 3. Personal (MG.28.S03)

LOC
TITLE
DATE
B4 F48
Elaine Lustig Cohen invitation (Galerie Denise Rene)
1976
B4 F48
Elaine Lustig Cohen: Collages invitation (Julie Saul Gallery)
1999
B4 F48
Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modern Graphic Designer invitation (Cooper Hewitt)
1995
B4 F48
Elaine Lustig Cohen: Recent Paintings invitation (John Bernard Myers Gallery)
1970
B4 F48
Elaine Lustig Cohen: Recent Paintings invitation (John Bernard Myers Gallery)
1972
B4 F48
The Geometry of Seeing. The Art of Elaine Lustig Cohen 1966–2007 invitation (Pavel Zoubok Gallery + Julie Saul Gallery)
2006
B4 F49
Worldview: A Journal of Ethics and Foreign Affairs
May 1968