September 4, 2018

IDS Public Lecture Series fall 2018

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Cooper Union. Photo: Mario Morgado

The IDS Public Lecture Series, designed as an introduction to some of the most pressing questions driving contemporary thought and practice, consists of lectures by artists, theorists, scientists, activists, writers, and other practitioners involved in the arts from positions that embody an interdisciplinary approach or that imply new uses for disciplinary traditions. Each lecture is part of The Cooper Union's Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS). The seminar and series are organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada.

This year’s IDS is organized along three general directions that include: "Movement and Stasis," which studies the transformations of social space with a special emphasis on gentrification, displacement, and land rights; "Atmospheric Pressures," which tackles environmental issues from scientific, aesthetic, and geopolitical angles; and "Futures," which looks to move beyond current understanding to imagining potential futures.

Fall 2018 IDS Public Lectures

Tuesday, September 11
Nana Oforiatta Ayim, "Future Museums"

Tuesday, September 18
Dushko Petrovich, "The Daily Gentrifier"

Tuesday, September 25
Laleh Khalili, "Remaking Shores and Harbors"

Tuesday, October 2
Homa Zarghamee, "Inequality and Well-Being: A Negotiation"

Tuesday, October 9
Macarena Gómez-Barris, "The Extractive Zone"

Tuesday, October 16
Saba Innab, "Ephemeral Returns"

Tuesday, October 30
Cecilia Vicuña, "An Invented Indigeneity"

Tuesday, November 6
Laura Kurgan, "Demapping"

Tuesday, November 13
Ashley Dawson, "Urban Futures"

Tuesday, November 27
Andrea Graham, "Immune Defenses: Cultivated in Deep Time"

Tuesday, December 4
Binna Choi, "A Table of One’s Own: Institutional Change"

Tuesday, December 11
Felwine Sarr, "Reopening the Future"

Tuesday, December 18
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, "Settler Colonialism and US Social Movements"

All lectures are free and open to the public, and begin at 7pm

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
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. The School of Art is firmly committed to a generalist curriculum that encompasses all the fundamental disciplines and resources of the visual arts. Each student is educated not only in specific disciplines, but also in the complex interrelationships of all the visual vocabularies. This philosophic premise relates to all the objectives of the School of Art and is the foundation upon which all teaching, creative work, service and research are based. The Studio curriculum along with the Art History and General Studies components of the BFA program all have as their goal the acquisition of communication skills, the development of critical perspective, and the mastery of the materials and intellectual premises of the study of societies and people. Throughout eight semesters, students become socially aware, historically grounded, creative practitioners. They are taught to be critical analysts of the world of contemporary visual communications, art, and the culture at large.

Nana Oforiatta Ayim’s lecture is presented in partnership with the Open Society Foundations.

General support and funding
The IDS Public Lecture Series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding from the Robert Lehman Foundation. The IDS Public Lecture Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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