The Great White Whale is Black

Tue, Feb 2, 2010 12am - Sat, Mar 13, 2010 12am

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Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Professor and Painter/Architect Tony Candido recently presented his visionary idea of the interplay between humanity and the contemporary environment and what the future of architecture could be in the exhibition The Great White Whale Is Black. The materials presented focused on Candido’s calligraphic brush and ink paintings and drawings, which have been an important part of his output since 1967. Through a selection of work spanning the past five decades, The Great White Whale Is Black portrayed a bold expression of one man’s life vision, and illustrated Candido’s commitment to art and architecture.

  • 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.