Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • look now away closely

    look now away closely

    In a free, public lecture, Prof. David Gersten will address questions of transformation from a number of perspectives, specifically looking at the interdependence of our conceptions of risk and our spaces of education

  • thirty


    An exhibition celebrating 30 years of The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, 1985–2015

  • Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics

    Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics

    Bring Your Own Body presents the work of transgender artists and archives, from the institutional and sexological to the personal and liminal

  • 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.