2021 Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

Tue, Feb 15, 2022 6pm - Thu, Mar 3, 2022 12pm

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2021 Menschel

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 fellows and projects include:

Brandon Bunt BSE'22 and Lionel Gilliar-Schoenenberger CE'23, of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, with Elias Dills AR'24, of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, researched and built an easily reproducible pyrolysis kiln that uses cardboard and paper waste from artistic production to produce charcoal. This waste/product metabolism offers a cyclical relationship for individual students and between Cooper's three schools. 

Kaniz Fatema A'22, of the School of Art, worked an oral history project that tells some of the stories of the women survivors of mass rape in the Pakistan-Bangladesh War of 1971 through a poly-vocal animated short film. 

Kevin Chow AR'22 and Chau-Anh Nguyen A'23, of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, with Virginia Reboli A'22, of the School of Art, investigated the phenomenon of “Pastoral Capitalism”—an architectural typology that combines the quintessentially American aesthetic of pastoralism and open land with the language of corporate and capitalist built-form, best exemplified in the architecture of Silicon Valley. 

As outdoor dining structures have become the new architectural language in the streets of New York, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture students Annabella Chen A'23, Jiawen Chen AR'22, and Ahzin Nam A'22 considered a possible system of prefabricated elements that can easily be assembled and disassembled to produce dining shelters while embracing and responding to the heterogeneity of the city. 

Talya Krupnick A'22, of the School of Art, explored the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a landscape left behind after a major climate event, and examined what it means to “experience” a space/place if it is in fact “timeless.”

Gallery hours: Daily from 12-9pm except during Founder's Day weekend (February 18-February 21)

Attendees are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and booster and must wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) while indoors. Cloth masks alone are not permitted, but may be worn as a second layer over a disposable surgical mask.

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