Lubalin Now

POSTED ON: November 2, 2009

November 5 through December 8

Lubalin Now is the Lubalin Center’s inaugural exhibition at 41 Cooper Square, showcasing some of the best in contemporary graphic design that reflects the formal and conceptual approach of pioneering designer Herb Lubalin’s work and legacy. Curated by Assistant Professor Mike Essl (A’96) and adjunct instructor Alexander Tochilovsky (A’00), the exhibition also marks the debut of The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design & Typography in its new space, in the college’s state-of-the-art academic building at 41 Cooper Square.

The featured graphic artists continue to be inspired by Herb Lubalin’s typefaces and visual style in their work.On view are recent posters, publications and motion graphics by internationally recognized graphic designers.Original sketches,magazines, logotypes and posters selected from the Lubalin Center Archive will  illuminate Lubalin’s influence in design.

Artists represented in Lubalin Now include Marian Bantjes, Deanne Cheuk, The CW Network In-house department, Ariel Di Lisio, Marcus Eriksson, Oded Ezer, GrandArmy, Gretel, Jessica Hische, Hunter Gatherer, Justin Thomas Kay, Like Minded Studio, Brett MacFadden, Christopher Martinez, Non-Format, Matt Owens, Post Typography, Roberto Quiñones, Strange Attractors Design, Alex Trochut, TV Land, Rick Valicenti and Herb Lubalin.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.