In Conversation: Raffaele Bedarida & Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator of MoMA

February 10, 2016

On February 18 at 1.30 p.m. Raffaele Bedarida, adjunct instructor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, will have a public conversation with Jim Coddington, chief conservator of MoMA, about restoring the works of Jackson Pollack. The Q&A will be held at MoMA and is free with museum admission. It will be held on the second floor in the Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries.

  • 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.