Yolanda Cuomo is a designer, art director, and educator with more than 30 years of experience collaborating with artists ranging from Richard Avedon, Laurie Simmons, Gilles Peress, Sylvia Plachy and Paolo Pellegrin to Paul Simon, Twyla Tharp and Laurie Anderson.
Cuomo and her studio, Yolanda Cuomo Design, were profiled in 2013 by the New Yorker’s Photo Booth with a short film called “Let’s Make a Book of This: Studio Visit with Yolanda Cuomo” and in “Profile of a Curatorial Master: Yolanda Cuomo” on Time Magazine’s Lightbox.
Time’s profile noted that, Yo (as all her friends and colleagues call her) has helped envision and produce some of the most striking and influential art and photography books of the past two decades, including Diane Arbus’ Revelations, Gilles Peress’ Farewell to Bosnia, Pre-Pop Warhol and scores of other titles”.
Other notable book projects include Diane Arbus’ Untitled and A Chronology, Peter van Agtmael’s Disco Night 9/11, The Library of Jullio Santo Domingo, Andrew Moore’s Detroit Disassembled, Richard Avedon: Performance, Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, September 11 by Magnum Photographers, Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, Malaparte: A House Like Me, and Sylvia Plachy’s Unguided Tour.
In addition to book and exhibition projects, Cuomo designed the film poster for
Don’t Blink Robert Frank, Paul Simon’s double-platinum record The Rhythm of the Saints; Laurie Anderson’s Bright Red and The Ugly One With the Jewels; and numerous books and posters for Twyla Tharp Dance. Cuomo has designed more than 30 issues of Aperture Magazine, earning the 2004 National Magazine Award for General Excellence from The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She received Infinity Awards in the best publication category in 1991 and 2004; and for design in 1995, from the International Center of Photography. Cuomo is on the Board of Directors of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, which she co-curated with Melissa Harris in 2013.
She received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1980 and has previously taught at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. Cuomo has been adjunct faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts since 1996.