Harper's Bazaar Features Alumnae

POSTED ON: March 12, 2021

Portraits from March 2021 Harper’s BAZAAR. Photographer: John Edmonds. Styling by: Miguel Enamorado.

Portraits from March 2021 Harper’s BAZAAR. Photographer: John Edmonds. Styling by: Miguel Enamorado.

A feature story in the March 2021 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR includes interviews with School of Art alumnae Leslie Hewitt A'00 and Firelei Báez A'04 about the Studio Museum in Harlem and how it helped reshape American art history. Hewitt, who is also currently an associate professor in the School of Art, participated in the Studio Museum’s artist-in-residence program, which gives emerging Black and Afro-Latinx artists an opportunity to develop their practice, in 2007-08 and Báez exhibited work as part of the Studio Museum's InHarlem program, which features collaborations with other Harlem neighborhood institutions. For her 2018 exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Báez featured women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the Schomburg Center's archives.

Photographer: John Edmonds
Styling by: Miguel Enamorado
  • 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.