Typeface design education from Cooper Union
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Bauhaus Night at The Cooper Union
with Ellen Lupton, Elizabeth Otto, and Greg D’Onofrio

What was the Bauhaus, and why does it matter? Get up close and personal with the big, bad Bauhaus during an evening of short talks. Uncover the ideas, the people, and the stuff that blew up the Bauhaus into an outsized legend that will not die. Ellen Lupton shows how Herbert Bayer and László Moholy-Nagy used graphic design to invent an enduring myth that still grips our minds and souls. Elizabeth Otto reveals queer identity, gender fluidity, and occult leanings at a school better known for tubular chairs than alternative living. Greg D'Onofrio discusses the magical art of collecting modernist ephemera, showing how a designer's eye and a historian's heart can yield delightful discoveries.

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Mon, October 19, 2020


The Herb Lubalin Lectures are recorded and made available here and on Vimeo with the generous support of Hoefler&Co.

About Ellen Lupton

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Ellen Lupton is a designer, writer, and educator. Her books include Design Is Storytelling, Graphic Design Thinking, Health Design Thinking, and Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. The third edition of her bestselling book Thinking with Type launches in March 2024. She teaches in the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (MICA), where she serves as the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair. She is Curator Emerita at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, where her exhibitions included Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master and The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.

About Greg D’Onofrio

Greg D’Onofrio is a designer, writer, educator, and co-founder of Display, Graphic Design Collection. Greg has curated, lectured, and written about topics ranging from Bruno Munari and Lester Beall to Elaine Lustig Cohen and Morton and Millie Goldsholl. Greg teaches Graphic Design History at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union in New York City. He is co-author of The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design and Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America.