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Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:30 - 8pm

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On April 26th, Adjunct Art Professor Peter Nadin spoke about his explorations of sustainable art and agriculture on Old Field Farm in Greene County New York.


Thursday, April 26 2012 at 6:30pm
Room 215, Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street NY, NY 10003

The farm explores the mutually beneficial feedback processes between art and agricultural practices. The goal of the farm is not to maximize production of a given product but to establish equilibrium between many varied species. Establishing this equilibrium is itself an unconventional but important step in making farming sustainable in what are now declining agricultural communities in upstate New York. Through a range of creative media—ceramics, painting, and paper-making to name just a few—the farm addresses the holistic needs of both its human and nonhuman residents, establishing a more equitable (and accurate) mode for relating to one’s landbase.

Peter Nadin is a farmer, artist and teacher who splits his time between New York City and Greene County. Philosophically complex yet made of simple materials from the earth, Nadin’s work addresses crucial issues of our time—our dire ecological situation and our severance from tradition and identity—whilst simultaneously embodying a simplicity and idealism at its core. His exhibition First Mark was on view at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise June 29th - July 30th 2011.


Presented by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design 

This event is open only to students, faculty, and staff of The Cooper Union

If you would like to attend Peter Nadin's lecture and are not a current Cooper student, faculty, or staff or for more information please contact 


  • 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.