Tibor Kalman collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

5 linear feet and 1 oversize folder of material consisting of samples of commercial work by Tibor Kalman and items produced by the design firm he founded, M and Co, along with the album covers and promotional materials designed for the musical group Talking Heads. The collection also includes numerous issues of Colors, the magazine published by the Italian clothing company Benetton, of which Kalman was editor-in-chief, and several books written and illustrated by Kalman’s wife Maira, including a book illustrating the lyrics of a popular song by the Talking Heads.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Tibor Kalman was a New York-based graphic designer and founder of the design firm, M. and Co., which was known for its use of typography as a visual element.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Society of Typographic Arts Records, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.