Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7 - 8pm

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Yto Barrada was born in Paris in 1971 and grew up in Tangier, Morocco. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. Exhibitions of her work have been shown at the Tate Modern, the Renaissance Society, Witte de With, SFMOMA, the Centre Pompidou, and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. She was the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011 after which her exhibit RIFFS toured widely.

Her upcoming 2013 exhibition will be at MoMA, the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Barrada is also the founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger. Her first monograph will be published by JRP Ringier in Spring 2013.

Yto Barrada is a Robert Lehman Visiting Artist at The Cooper Union for Spring 2013.


The Interdisciplinary Seminar was designed twenty years ago to contribute to a regular and sustainable discussion on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them. Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary 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.