Film Screening | The Making of an Avant-garde: IAUS 1967-1984

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7 - 10pm

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The Making of an Avant Garde, film still, 2012

The Making of an Avant Garde, film still, 2012

film still, The Making of an Avant-garde: IAUS 1967-1984

film still, The Making of an Avant-garde: IAUS 1967-1984


The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984

A documentary written, produced and directed by Diana Agrest.  Read our discussion with her about the film.

A public screening of the film will be held in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union on Wednesday 13 November at 7pm.

The screening is free and open to the public.  It will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and others moderated by Anthony Vidler, former Dean of the school and a former Fellow of the IAUS.

This event is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

About the film:

The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, founded in 1967 with close ties to The Museum of Modern Art, made New York the global center for architectural debate and redefined architectural discourse in the United States. A place of immense energy and effervescence, its founders and participants were young and hardly known at the time but would ultimately shape architectural practice and theory for decades.  Agrest's film documents and explores the Institute's fertile beginnings and enduring significance as a locus for the avant-garde. The film features Mark Wigley, Peter Eisenman, Diana Agrest, Charles Gwathmey, Mario Gandelsonas, Richard Meier, Kenneth Frampton, Barbara Jakobson, Frank Gehry, Anthony Vidler, Deborah Berke, Rem Koolhaas, Stan Allen, Suzanne Stephens, Bernard Tschumi, Joan Ockman, among others.

Download a pdf of the announcement here.

View the trailer here.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • 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.