Siobhán Bohnacker at Contemporary Art Issues Class

October 23, 2017

Siobhán Bohnacker, a Senior Photo Editor for The New Yorker Magazine, came to speak to the Contemporary Art Issues class. She spoke about her work for the magazine commissioning original photography from such famed international photographers as Malick Sidibé, and producing numerous high profile shoots, including one with Barack Obama. Afterwards, instructor Amy Buckley joined Siobhan to critique student photography.

  • 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.