Mitch Epstein at Sikkema Jenkins and in Urban Omnibus

POSTED ON: April 6, 2012

Detail of "American Elm, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 2012"

Detail of "American Elm, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 2012"

Mitch Epstein (A'74) is exhibiting a new body of work at Sikkema Jenkins in New York through April 14th.

Excerpted from the gallery's press release:
"Mitch Epstein’s new work features the idiosyncratic trees that populate New York City, underscoring the importance of trees in urban life and their complex relationship with the city’s human dwellers. … Epstein began this yearlong project in search of designated Great Trees, as deemed by the Parks Department in 1985. Finding these trees was less important to Epstein than the pursuit of them, which led him to discover and photograph numerous unofficial 'great' trees with remarkable qualities of their own."

Epstein is also interviewed on the Architectural League of New York's Urban Omnibus blog, where he discusses his work and its beginnings at The Cooper Union.

Sikkema Jenkins website
Urban Omnibus interview

  • 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.