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Fall 2012 Exhibition Preview

POSTED ON: August 7, 2012

Mircea Cantor, The Landscape is Changing (still, detail from video), 2003

Mircea Cantor, The Landscape is Changing (still, detail from video), 2003

The Fall 2012 season kicks-off with an exciting array of exhibitions in art, architecture and science that are free and open to the public at The Cooper Union’s Foundation and 41 Cooper Square Buildings. Individual shows highlight the work of local and legendary Fluxus founder George Maciunas and the eminent Italian architect, designer and painter Massimo Scolari. A photo exhibition meanwhile draws from the scientific mindset of future engineers. Below you'll will find a preview of diverse exhibition offerings coming this academic year.

Ruptures: Forms of Public Address explores politically vital issues surrounding the struggle for democracy and public space. Situated within the context of the upcoming US elections and the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, the exhibition explores the urgency, promise, and fragility of public and fearless speech within the aftermath of the 2010-11 demonstrations that have erupted across the world in city streets, university campuses, and urban centers.

Curated by School of Art Deans Saskia Bos and Steven Lam, the exhibition features a diverse group of artists including Cooper Union Professors Doug Ashford and Sharon Hayes, along with Ida Applebroog, Mircea Cantor, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and others.

Image: Ida Applebroog, Detail of Chaos is Useful, 2012; photo: Emily Poole

September 4 to
October 13, 2012

The Critical Moment: Architecture in the Expanded Field presents innovative and visionary work produced by the students in the Advanced Design Studio of the Master of Architecture II program from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture to address a myriad of critical issues, ranging from urban theory to the present condition of globalization and the continual emergence of new scientific developments and technologies.

Image: Prosthetic Aesthetics: Modular Prototypes for the Sensorial Body

September 12 to
September 21, 2012

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of visionary architect and artist Massimo Scolari, this exhibition marks the first United States display of Scolari’s work since 1986. The show, which originated at the Yale School of Architecture in Spring 2012, was curated and designed by Scolari himself and features over 160 original drawings, paintings, watercolors, and other works completed between 1967 and 2012.

Scolari was a former Visiting Professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in 1977 and 1978.

October 2 to
November 21, 2012

Types We Can Make is 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, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

Type@Cooper presents diverse range of works achieved by recent graduates of the Type@Cooper, the postgraduate certificate program in typeface design at The Cooper Union.

Both exhibitions:
October 23 to
November 17, 2012

How do we look? Photographs by Engineering Students is an exhibition of works by talented engineering students who were challenged to draw from their scientific mindsets and express themselves artistically.

Featuring the distortion of time and space, students of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering produced artistic portfolios that illustrate both their creativity and technical training and, ultimately, how they view themselves and the world.

December 2 to
December 8, 2012


Anything can substitute art: George Maciunas in SoHo, focuses on historic conceptual works, drawings, photographs and documents from a variety of Fluxus artists, including founder and self-appointed "chairman," George Maciunas (1931-1978, graduated from The Cooper Union in 1952).

December 11, 2012 to
February 2, 2013


  • 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.