Interdisciplinary Seminar: Nancy Davenport

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7 - 8:30pm

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'Economic and Social Council Chamber, UNHQ', c-print, 42”x42”, 2015, Nancy Davenport

'Economic and Social Council Chamber, UNHQ', c-print, 42”x42”, 2015, Nancy Davenport

A free, pubic talk in which the artist Nancy Davenport will discuss her multi-media work and her recent book project "WORLD TO WIN  (Security Council Conversations)," made during a three year period of shooting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Some of the themes and questions raised in this discussion will include: documentary strategies, contemporary forms of humanism and universalism as they circulate and are produced in art, diplomacy and human rights discourse.

Nancy Davenport’s work has been exhibited at a variety of venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, the Liverpool Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the São Paulo Biennial, DHC/Art Fondation pour l'art Contemporain (Montréal), the Triennial of Photography & Video at the International Center of Photography (New York), and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Locle (Switzerland). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, October, Frieze, New York Times, Art in America, and Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon Press). She is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Fall 2015 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, Inc.

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.