Morgan Ridler

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Morgan Ridler received her PhD in Art History at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 2016. Her dissertation, “The Bauhaus Wall-Painting Workshop: Mural Painting to Wallpapering, Art to Product,” traces the projects and members of the Bauhaus’s Wall-Painting Workshop and its shift from artistic murals to the production of mass-produced wallpaper. She has published her research in West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture and the forthcoming book Bauhaus Bodies (2019). Dr. Ridler recently participated in the 2018 NEH Summer Institute on East German Art, Music and Film. 

  • 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.”

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