March 20, 2015

Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Design: Helen Sywalski, with excerpts from Antoni Muntadas. Installation view, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Germany, 2002–2003; Amie Siegel, Provenance (exhibition view)2013. HD video; Alfredo Jaar, The Geometry of Conscience, 2010.*

This spring, The Cooper Union School of Art presents a series of lectures, reflecting a broad range of contemporary art issues. Speakers include artists, writers, and thinkers currently engaged in a variety of practices. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches, presenting new voices, international perspectives and scholarship across multiple fields. The series constitutes a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between practitioners, students, faculty, and the public.


March 30: Alfredo Jaar
“It is Difficult”

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker. He was born in Santiago de Chile, and has lived in New York since 1982. Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world, with more than 60  public interventions, and numerous museum and gallery installations. More than 50 monographs have been published about his work.


April 6: Amie Siegel

Amie Siegel is a Chicago-born artist, presently residing in New York. Her photographs, videos, films and installations have been exhibited worldwide. Recently, she had a solo exhibition, Amie Siegel: Provenance, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Her films have been screened at film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, New York, and Toronto.


April 13: Antoni Muntadas
“For a Project Methodology”

Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona, and has lived in New York since 1971. His works address social, political and communication issues, such as the relationship between public and private space, and the ways in which information channels are used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects have been exhibited at institutions worldwide, and appear in various media, including photography, video, print, the Internet, installations and urban interventions.


April 20: Paul B. Preciado

Paul B. Preciado is a philosopher, queer activist and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. He is Head of Research, and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) at MACBA (Barcelona), and Visiting Professor at New York University and Princeton University. He is author of Contra-Sexual Manifesto (acclaimed as “the red book of queer theory”), Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics, and Pornotopia: Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War.


April 27: Matthew Coolidge
“Anthropogeomorphology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation”

Matthew Coolidge is the founder and Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an education and research organization based in Los Angeles. The Center produces exhibitions, presentations, tours, publications, online resources, and other public programs that examine, describe, and explain the built landscape of the United States.


All talks are free and open to the public.

The spring 2015 series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist program.
We are grateful for major funding support from the Robert Lehman Foundation.


*Design: Helen Sywalski, with excerpts from Antoni Muntadas. Installation view, Museum am Ostwall Dortmund, Germany, 2002–2003. Photography: Sascha Dressler; Amie Siegel, Provenance (exhibition view)2013. HD video. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. Photo: Eileen Travell. Courtesy the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York; Alfredo Jaar, The Geometry of Conscience, 2010. Santiago de Chile, Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos. Photography: Cristobal Palma.



The Cooper Union School of Art presents the Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, spring 2015

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