Coming to Light

Mon, Jan 10, 2005 12am - Tue, Feb 15, 2005 12am

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Coming to Light: The Louis I. Kahn Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt for New York City

10 January – 15 February 2005

Coming to Light brings together Kahn's original drawings for the Roosevelt Memorial and the full set of construction documents and specifications completed with the support of the office of Mitchell/Giurgola Architects and David Wisdom Architect after Kahn's death in March 1974. We are also privileged to be able to include a Kahn sketchbook that contains exquisite drawings and notes, which has never been previously exhibited. What has emerged from the assembly of these materials is a provocative position regarding the memorial: that a project which had been commissioned, sited, designed, revised, developed, detailed, and fully drawn and specified over thirty years ago might finally be ready to be built.

  • 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.