Lubalin, Ginzburg, and the Triumph of Creative Risk

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 5 - 6pm

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This talk, Lubalin, Ginzburg, and the Triumph of Creative Risk, is available on The Cooper Union Youtube channel.

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design curator Alexander Tochilovsky A'00 speaks about the creative partnership between designer Herb Lubalin and editor Ralph Ginzburg. Amidst the ferment of the 1960s, Lubalin and Ginzburg cultivated one of the greatest creative partnerships in history, launching three highly-influential print publications: Eros, Fact, and Avant Garde. In the process, the two luminaries courted controversy, accusations of obscenity and libel, and legal persecution, putting both of their careers — and lives — on the line. Tochilovsky, who is also associate professor in the School of Art, will use archival materials, correspondence, and documentation to weave this fascinating story, shedding light on the nature of creative risk, and its relationship with materiality, partnership, and arousal.

The event is co-presented with Athletics. Registration is required.

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