2020 Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

Thu, Feb 18, 6pm - Sun, Feb 28, 2021 12pm

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Note: Although the Cooper Union buildings remain closed to the public, the Menschel exhibition may be viewed by faculty, staff and students approved for being on campus.

The Menschel Fellowship application cycle—proposals, shortlists, interviews and awards— typically runs from February to early April each year, after which the Fellows pursue their research projects. In 2020, this timeline coincided almost exactly with the rapid outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. New York was especially hard hit and travel suddenly became impossible. The applicants had proposed ideas that involved research travel, but were forced to adapt and reimagine their questions for this unexpected hurdle. The projects that are part of this year’s Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Exhibition push the boundaries of research, analysis and intervention. The exhibition is a testament to the resilience of our community, and to the idea that good research offers us hope during challenging times. —Ninad Pandit, Director Benjamin Menschel Fellowship

This year's fellowship projects include:

  • Collective Memory -- Andzelika Berestko A’22
  • A Domestic Psychogeography of Social Housing in the Soviet Union -- Zhenia Dementyeva AR’21
  • Public’s Space: Transforming Public Space Through Educational Occupancy -- Zalmai Levrat AR’21 & Maksymilian Mamak AR’21
  • Tracing Community in Ger Settlements in Ulaanbaatar -- Min Jeong Park AR’21
  • Architectures of Consciousness -- Ornella Polo A’21
  • In the Land of Milk and Honey: Amirim -- Netanel Saso A’21

Watch the Fellows discuss their projects.

Take a tour of the exhibition with the Fellows.

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 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.