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Italian Types Lecture and Panel Discussion



Italian Types Lecture and Panel Discussion

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union are pleased to present a lecture and panel complementing the exhibition Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America. Panel participants include the exhibition curators and publication contributors: Patricia Belen, Alessandro Colizzi, Greg D’Onofrio, Melania Gazzotti, and Alexander Tochilovsky. Opening remarks by Giorgio van Straten, Director Italian ICI.

The Italian impact on American culture is far-reaching and well-documented. Yet, with a few exceptions of some iconic works and  designers, chronicled in the Italian and American graphic design history, most of the work published in the U.S. by Italian graphic designers is less known. From Fortunato Depero’s moving to New York City in 1928 to Unimark International’s work in the 60s and 70s, Italian graphic designers were living and publishing important works in the U.S. The sixteen designers featured (Italian-born and a few “adopted” Italians) contributed commercial graphic design in America during the pre and post World War II eras, from approximately 1928 until 1980. With over seventy original works, the exhibition aims at bringing the due attention to this prolific network of designers who, collaborating together, and with their unique achievements, played a significant role in coalescing modern graphic design in America. Curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, and Melania Gazzotti. Exhibition on view from March 21 to May 2, 2019 at the Italian Cultural Institute.



Patricia Belen – educator, co-founder of Display, Graphic Design Collection and designer at Kind Company, a design office in New York City. She has curated exhibitions on mid-century, modern graphic design at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Pratt Institute, Northeastern University and Torino Graphic Days Festival in Turin, Italy. Since 2014, Patricia has taught courses in graphic design and web design at Fordham University where she is an artist-in-residence.


Alessandro Colizzi – professor at UQAM’s École de design in Montreal, where he teaches graphic design history, typography, and type design. He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, an MA in Type Design from The Hague’s Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, a postgraduate diploma from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique, and an MLitt in English Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza. His research interests are focused on graphic design history, typography, type design and information design. He regularly publishes in design periodicals and academic journals, and has translated design-related works from English, Dutch, and French. He is a member of the Association Typographique Internationale, International Society of Typographic Designers, Design Research Society and AIAP (Italian graphic designers’ association).


Greg D’Onofrio – designer, educator, and co-founder of Display, Graphic Design Collection. Greg has curated, lectured, and authored essays on postwar American and Italian modern graphic design history, for subjects including: Morton and Millie Goldsholl, Pirelli Publicity 1955-67, The American Revolution Bicentennial Symbol, Elaine Lustig Cohen, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Graphic Standards Manual and Lester Beall’s Connecticut General Identity Program. Greg teaches history of graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union in New York City. He is the co-author of The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design (Abrams, 2017).


Melania Gazzotti – freelance curator and art historian, specializing in European avant-gardes. For several years (2004–2010) she worked for the MART, Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto. In 2013 she was awarded by the Guggenheim Foundation the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship. This grant gave her the opportunity of working for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. In 2015 she worked for Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York and in 2016 she was awarded by Yale University the Beinecke Library Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowships. In the last few years, she has curated several exhibitions on artist’s books and magazines and on Italian illustrators. She is currently collaborating with the Italian Cultural Institute, in New York.


Alexander Tochilovsky – graphic designer, typographer, curator, and teacher. He holds a BFA degree from The Cooper Union and an MFA degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Alexander is currently the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. In 2009 he co-curated the exhibition “Lubalin Now,” with Mike Essl and since 2010 has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Appetite”, “Pharma”, “Image of the Studio”, “Thirty”, “Swiss Style Now” and “We Dissent.” He teaches typography and design at the Cooper Union School of Art, where he is an Associate Professor. He also teaches the history of typeface design at Type@Cooper, the postgraduate certificate program he co-founded in 2010.


Event free and open to the public; to register click HERE


Date: Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Time: From 6:30 pm To 9:30 pm

Organized by : Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union

In collaboration with : IIC

Entrance : Free


Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Squ