Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10am - Sat, Oct 3, 2015 7pm

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An exhibition celebrating 30 years of The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, "thirty" reveals the many hidden gems amongst thousands of pieces of design ephemera in center's collection. Made to recreate the archive in the gallery space, visitors will be able to see highlights from the collection arranged in the same flat files used by researchers in the center. The work on view will span two centuries and several continents, including several one-of-a-kind, rarely seen pieces of design like the pilot issue of LIFE magazine, a sketch of a logo for MTV and a 19th century bill of sale.

All aspects of the exhibition will tie to the theme of the Lubalin Center’s 30th anniversary. There will be 30 posters from the collection; a set of flat files with 30 drawers containing 30 themes/designers from the collection; 30 comments by different designers and critics about 30 pieces from the archive; and highlights from 30 exhibitions the Center has staged since its inception.

Designers on view include Herb Lubalin, Lou Dorfsman, Alvin Lustig, Tibor Kalman, Philippe Apeloig, Wolfgang Weingart, Lou Silverstein, Bradbury Thompson, David Carson, Karl Gerstner, Anthon Beeke, Lucian Bernhard, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Ben Shahn, Saul Bass, Niklaus Troxler, and more.

Founded in 1985 by The Cooper Union and friends of the late Herb Lubalin, The Study Center is open to the public year-round, and provides unprecedented hands-on access to a substantial collection of design ephemera spanning two centuries. It’s a vital resource within the world of graphic design that aims to preserve design history.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ongoing Exhibition: September 11 – October 3, 2015
Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Located at 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

  • 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.