Types We Can Make & Type@Cooper

October 23 - November 17, 2012

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Types We Can Make

“Types We Can Make”- A selection of contemporary Swiss typeface design curated by ECAL/University of Art & Design Lausanne (Switzerland), in association with The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. With the explosion of digital media and international communications, type design has attracted new designers and artists to the field. Swiss designers, in particular, have historically contributed to the development of modern type, (Helvetica was created in 1957 by a team of Swiss designers) and their legacy is explored in this exhibition as new designers draw on the past. This exhibition was made possible by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York through the US-wide program ThinkSwiss - Brainstorm the Future.

“Type@Cooper”- Graduates of Cooper Union’s Typeface design program, Type@Cooper, will exhibit a diverse range of their works. Type@Cooper, a first of its kind in the United States, covers a wide range of topics: techniques, technology, aesthetics and personal expression, history, and theory. The students come from different professional backgrounds and experiences and the examples of their typeface designs are equally as unique in nature.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Gallery hours: M-F 11am-7pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm

 

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.