Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery

Musikerhaus: Raimund Abraham. March 2011. Landscapes of Extraction: The Collateral Damage of the Fossil Fuels Industries. January 2011. Paul Rudolf: Lower Manhattan Expressway. October 2010. The Great White Whale is Black. February 2010. By Way of Observation. September 2008. Two Journeys: Work by Michael Webb. January 2008. Spectral Emanations. September 2005. Coming to Light: The Louis I. Kahn Monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt. January 2005.
Musikerhaus: Raimund Abraham. March 2011.

Named for Arthur A. Houghton Jr., former trustee and chairman of The Cooper Union, this 1800 square foot gallery supports the pedagogy of the School of Architecture through public exhibitions and events.  Over the years, the works of architects, photographers, painters, builders and faculty and students of the school have been exhibited, drawing viewers from schools of architecture and the wider professional communities as well as the public at large. The School of Architecture Archive works with collegial institutions to present jointly sponsored exhibitions, or will curate, design and install original exhibitions. Recent exhibitions presented by the school include Musikerhaus: Raimund Abraham, Landscapes of Extraction: The Collateral Damage of the Fossil Fuels Industries (presented with the Institute for Sustainable Design), and Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway (presented with The Drawing Center, New York).

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.