2018 Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

Tue, Jan 30, 2018 6pm - Thu, Feb 15, 2018 7pm

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This annual exhibition presents works related to the Benjamin Menschel Fellowships granted to selected Cooper Union students to further work on projects related to art, architecture, design, and engineering. This year's projects include:

Tongo Hills

Earth: An Inquiry into the Architecture of Tongo Hills

Leslie Dougrou and Gabriel Munnich (architecture)

A survey and documentation of Tenzug, Chief John Bawa Zuure’s palace,
the largest, most minimally altered compound in this region of northern Ghana


The Divided Island of California

Austin Richard Mayer (architecture)

A border is more than a wall or a fence. It is also a river, a highway, a door, a monument, and much more. It’s not just a line that separates one side from another and this project attempts to find the larger context of the border via an exploration of California


City, Altar, and Panel: Platforms for Performance

Kelsey Mitchell (art) and Natalia Oliveri (architecture)

An investigation into how the piazza functions as a site for religious and civic performance in the Tuscan cities of Florence and Siena


The Great Dismal Swamp

Rachel Rosheger and Ida Pruitt (art)

An artistic exploration of the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina

american west

Towards a Fragmentary Perspective

Zuzanna Sochaczewska (art)

The fantasy of the freedom and magnificence of the American West is
part of a U.S. brand of nationalism. This research aims to challenge this imperial representation of the landscape and captured the day-to-day interaction with the land on a human scale

Images courtesy of the respective Menschel Fellows

Opening Reception: January 30, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Free and open to the public | Tuesday - Saturday 11am -7pm

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

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