Alfredo Jaar: "It is Difficult"

Monday, March 30, 2015 6:30 - 6:30pm

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‘The Geometry of Conscience’ by Alfredo Jaar. Photo by Cristobal Palma

‘The Geometry of Conscience’ by Alfredo Jaar. Photo by Cristobal Palma

Artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar will discuss his latest works as part of the free, public Interdisciplinary Lecture Series. He was born in Santiago, Chile, and has lived in New York since 1982. Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world, with more than sixty public interventions, and numerous museum and gallery installations. More than fifty monographs have been published about his work.

This spring, The Cooper Union School of Art presents a series of lectures, reflecting a broad range of contemporary art issues. Speakers include artists, writers, and thinkers currently engaged in a variety of practices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across multiple fields. The series constitutes a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty and the public.

The Spring 2015 IDL series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program.

We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.