The "Brooklyn Rail" as Social Environment

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7 - 8:30pm

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November Cover of the 'Brooklyn Rail' featuring work by Shahzia Sikander

November Cover of the 'Brooklyn Rail' featuring work by Shahzia Sikander

In a free, public talk, Phong Bui, co-founder and artistic director of the monthly journal the Brooklyn Rail will discuss that publication as a "social environment" in the tradition of Joseph Beuys’ "social sculpture" and Nicolas Bourriaud's "relational aesthetics."

Phong Bui is also an artist, writer, independent curator, and former curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1, 2007 to 2010 as well as the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the publishing press Rail Editions, and the Rail Curatorial Projects.

The Intradisciplinary Seminar, sponsored by the The Cooper Union School of Art, presents a series of free, public 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 Fall 2016 Intradisciplinary Seminar is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. 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.