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House Divided

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 3 - 5pm

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House Divided is a free, public event bringing artists, writers and other members of the creative community to address the national political divisions. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations are requested.

From the organizers:

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where Lincoln gave his famous address against the expansion of slavery. Artists and writers will unite to speak out to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue.

Answering this call, some of the most renowned and revered artists and writers of our time will join with those who are young and unknown to create a living panoply of the City’s diversity onstage at the historic Great Hall. Among them are:

Paul Auster, Amina Baraka, Stefan Bondell, John Giorno, Jessica Hagedorn, Suheir Hammad, Bob Holman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joan Jonas, DeRay McKesson, Jonas Mekas, Duane Michals, Marilyn Nelson, Marc Ribot, Ed Sanders and the Fugs, Richard Serra, Anne Waldman, who, along with others, will take the stage in an effort to investigate, contemplate and meditate, perhaps even celebrate, certainly to give voice to artistic expression along the current cultural divide.

Organized and conceived by painter and poet Stefan Bondell and poet Bob Holman.
Sponsored by Dean Stephen Baker, Vice President of Community Relations, The Cooper Union

Featured artists will perform one of their own works or speak to the theme and include:
Adwoa Aboah
La Bruja
Phong Bui
Monica de la Torre
Natalie Diaz
Tyrek Greene
Mohamad Hodeib
Siri Hustvedt 
Juliana Huxtable
Hettie Jones
Marie Ponsot
Ariana Reines
Reverend Billy 
Carl Hancock Rux
Papa Susso
Paul Tran
Ocean Vuong
Cleo Wade
Pastor Michael A. Walrond Jr.
Emanuel Xavier


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.