from documenting injustice

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe 
Waiting For Train to Soweto, 1977
South Africa collection

to Landscapes

Awol Erizku 
Deep Shadow (Michael Brown Sr.), 2020 
Roosevelt Ave. between 51st St. & 50th St., Queens 
Courtesy the artist 
Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY. 
Photographic work as a part of Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris, an exhibition on 350 JCDecaux bus shelter displays across New York City and Chicago, February 24 to June 20, 2021. 

of Imagination

Dimitri Scheblanov 
Tumi: Perfecting The Journey by Herring & Herring shot in the Mohave Desert using Fuji GW690III + Kodak Portra 400


COOPERMADE Photography

Whether staged or candid, great photography sheds light on the ordinary and extraordinary alike. It may condemn injustice, celebrate beauty, or point out the ridiculous. This week we consider just a few alumni who have made their mark in the art world as photographers of note. Join these alumni in seeing the world through a new lens.

Images of Life Under Apartheid

Landscapes of Imagination

Portraits of Imagination

COOPERMADE From the Theater to the Stage

From beloved musicals to iconic NYC theaters, Cooper alumni have contributed in big ways to the world of Broadway. As we look forward to a safe return to the art and music we love, we celebrate our graduates who make sure that "the sun will come out tomorrow."


New York's Theater District

COOPERMADE 9/11 Memorials and Monuments

Twenty years ago the events of 9/11 made an indelible impact on our country, and on the Cooper community. Today, and every day, we remember the Cooper alumni who lost their lives that day, and mourn the loss to our community.

Michael Boccardi ME'92
Deborah Gittleman Kaplan CE'77
Eugen Lazar CE'96


Alumni including T.J. Gottesdiener AR’79Julian LaVerdiere A’93John Leeper AR'85, and Daniel Libeskind AR’70 contributed the skills they learned at Cooper and a wealth of professional experience and personal meaning to construct New York's memorials and monuments in remembrance of the lives lost that day. 

Tribute in Light

One World Trade Center

National 9/11 Memorial Museum

COOPERMADE Seats at the Table

Whether engineering new flavors or creating new community spaces, these Cooper alumni offer you a seat at their table. 

Arancini Bros.

Eugene J. Candy Co.

Ruby Slipper

COOPERMADE Air and Space

After Cooper Union launched their careers, these alumni launched our imaginations to the stars and beyond.

A Nobel Prize in Physics

The Voyager Probe Missions


The Manhattan Project

COOPERMADE NYC Landmarks and Legends

From Central Park monuments to the High Line, our alumni have shaped the public spaces and aesthetics of New York for over a century thanks to the education they received at The Cooper Union. 

NYC Sculpture and Monuments

The High Line

Monument to Women's Rights Pioneers 

COOPERMADE Kids Characters

From classic cartoons of the 30s and 40s to picture books we still read to our kids today, the characters of our imagination are #COOPERMADE!


Betty Boop

Clifford the Big Red Dog

The Magic School Bus

Harold and the Purple Crayon


From the water in your tap to the internet in your home office, so many aspects of day-to-day life are #COOPERMADE! 


NYC Tap Water





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  • 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.