They just don’t make them like George Lois anymore. As we’re perpetually reminded when looking at the dreariness of the contemporary newsstand, the Esquire art director who gave us some of the most instantly recognizable covers of the modern magazine era is simply not replaceable. But he didn’t arrive on the scene fully formed, as Pratt seeks to remind us with a tribute to its most talented and well-known alumni. Works on display at the art and design college’s “125 Icons” show, opening tonight, include Mr. Lois’s Esquire covers, the Corvette C5 (redesigned by alumnus John Cafaro) and the politically embattled Big Bird (originally built by late faculty member Kermit Love, and thankfully not dismantled by Mitt Romney).
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, Second Floor, open from Monday to Saturday, 11am-6pm, and until 8pm on Thursdays, more information can be found at http://www.pratt.edu/exhibitions.