Wed, Sep 16, 2009 12am - Tue, Oct 27, 2009 12am

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Allora & Calzadilla  //  Amy Balkin  //  Robert Bordo  //  The Bruce High Quality Foundation  //  Ross Cisneros  //  Amy Franceschini and Free Soil  //  Andrea Geyer  //  Hans Haacke  //  Paul Ramirez Jonas  //  Runo Lagomarsino  //  Andrea Polli  //  Marjetica Potrč  //  Simon Starling  //  Temporary Services  //  Oscar Tuazon  //  Lidwen Van de Ven

Curated by Saskia Bos and Steven Lam.


Wednesday, September 16, 7 - 9pm
41 Cooper Gallery, 41 Cooper Square

SYMPOSIUM I - Artistic responses to sustainability and climate change
Amy Balkin, Hans Haacke, Yates McKee, Andrea Polli, Marjetica Potrc among others
Moderated by Doug Ashford
Wednesday September 16, 5 - 7pm
The Great Hall, Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street

SYMPOSIUM II - Art in relation to human rights and the freedom of expression
Doug Ashford, Andrea Geyer, Paul Ramirez Jonas, among others
Monday October 12, 7 - 9pm
Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Mondays by appointment only


This project was funded in part by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and Duggal Visual Solutions.

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

  • 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.