Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical

October 23 - December 01, 2018

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The Theater of Production. Stanley Allen, Thesis 1980-81

This exhibition celebrates The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture’s experimental and influential pedagogy by presenting undergraduate thesis projects completed at the school over the past 50 years, and includes the beta launch of an online database of its Student Work Collection.

Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 23 6:30pm

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm

Generous support for Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical has been provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Leon Levy Foundation.


Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • 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.