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Working Definitions, or How to Achieve the Seven Things to Avoid

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7 - 8:30pm

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'Soap Bubbles,' Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, 1733. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Soap Bubbles,' Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, 1733. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

For the opening salvo of The Intradisciplinary Seminar, a series of lectures and discussions that are free and open to the public, Seth Cameron A'04 will work up, as one might a lather, various definitions that have been cast – as one might a die or an aspersion – upon the disciplines of art, of which he will claim, as one might a lost child, an island, or a piece of luggage, there are seven.

Seth Cameron is an artist and writer and part of The Bruce High Quality Foundation. He serves as President of BHQFU, "New York's freest art school,” a learning experiment where artists work together to manifest creative, productive, resistant, useless, and demanding interactions between art and the world.

The Spring 2016 Intradisciplinary 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.