Victoria Brooks

Adjunct Instructor

Victoria Brooks is a curator of time-based visual art at EMPAC / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and chair of the Contemporary Curatorial Workshop at the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art. She works with the Calder Foundation to commission artists moving image, and makes films with research and production collective Thirteen Black Cats.

  • 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.