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Lecture by Alex Kitnick: LIGHT AND INTERFACE

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:30 - 8pm

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Image Caption: Doug Wheeler, SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 (2012) at David Zwirner Gallery

Image Caption: Doug Wheeler, SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 (2012) at David Zwirner Gallery


Alex Kitnick received his Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, in 2010 and has taught at Vassar College, the School of Visual Art, Otis College of Art and Design, and UCLA. In 2011-2012 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He recently edited an October File on Dan Graham, October 136 on New Brutalism, and The Expendable Reader: Articles on Art, Architecture, Design, and Media, 1951-1979, which collects key writings by the artist John McHale. In addition to his work as a historian, Kitnick has also published criticism in magazines and journals including Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, and May.

This lecture is made possible through the collaboration of the Student Lecture Series and the Advanced Topics seminar studying the work of Alison and Peter Smithson.

Room 315 | The Foundation Building

This lecture is free and open only to current Cooper Union students/faculty/staff


  • 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.