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Is this Swiss?

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10am - 5:30pm

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Is this Swiss? is a free, one-day event devoted to graphic design from Switzerland, with talks, panels and a guided tour of the exhibition “Swiss Style Now” at 41 Cooper Gallery. It discusses what characteristics link the exhibited works, as well as if and how today's designers deal with the legacy of the Swiss Style.

To examine these questions, five award-winning graphic designers and typographers from Switzerland present their work with a focus on national characteristics and the role of history in their professional practice. Two additional talks focus on the theoretical and historical background of the symposium, deriving from current research in the field of graphic design history. Afterwards, a guided tour of the exhibition by the curators gives participants an opportunity to see concrete examples of works by the speakers, and learn more about the curation process. The symposium ends with a panel discussion, reflecting the insights of the day and setting the ground for future debated questions on the subject, followed by an “Apéro” – a traditional Swiss drinks reception – for informal exchange. 

Registration is requested.

The symposium is kindly supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and swissnex.

Symposium Program

10:00–10:30   Introductions
10:30–11:00   Robert Lzicar 
11:00–11:30   Alexander Tochilovsky 
11:30–12:30   Exhibition tour with Erich Brechbühl, Noël Leu, Xavier Erni & Alexander Tochilovsky
12:30–1:30   Lunch
1:30–2:00   Erich Brechbühl 
2:00–2:30   Anna Haas 
2:30–3:00   Thierry Blancpain 
3:00–3:30   Coffee break 
3:30–4:00   Johannes Breyer 
4:00–4:30   Ludovic Balland 
4:30–5:30   Panel discussion
5:30   Closing Reception/Apéro

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.