Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • The Fate of Cities in The Long Emergency

    The Fate of Cities in The Long Emergency

    A lecture by James Howard Kunstler presenting an illustrated survey of the economic and social dislocations that will effect the organization of daily life in a post-techno-industrial future.

  • The American Mime Theater

    The American Mime Theater

    A free, public performance of selected plays interspersed with a demonstration of the unique training methods of the medium "American Mime"

  • In Conversation: Lecture by O’Donnell + Tuomey

    In Conversation: Lecture by O’Donnell + Tuomey

    Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey of O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects will present their work followed by a conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Bill Lynch A'82 Gets Posthumous Debut Solo Exhibition; Rave Reviews

Fellow alumnus Verne Dawson A'80 curated the debut show of the artist, diagnosed with schizophrenia and known only to a small group of fellow artists, friends and family, that has gotten the attention of the New York Times, Artforum and others

Learn More

Drawing from the Archive: Analysis as Design

A forty-year survey of analysis work by The Cooper Union's students of architecture features intricate models and drawings that bring a fresh view to some of the world's most remarkable buildings and artworks. Open to the public until November 26

Learn More

Imaginary Monuments to an Invisible War

Imaginary Monuments to an Invisible War

A new exhibition, Monument to Cold War Victory, on view in the 41 Cooper Gallery until November 7, displays international artists' reactions to a provocative competition. We talk with the organizers about the origins of the exhibition and its resonance with current events

Learn More

Incoming 2014: Part Four

Incoming 2014: Part Four

The fourth and last in the series on The Cooper Union's newest student arrivals introduces Joel Polanco, Mireya Fabregas and Vishnu Kaimal

Learn More

The Return of the Post-docs

The Return of the Post-docs

For the first time in at least a decade, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will include a pair of post-doctoral fellows. Meet Drs. Nicholas D'Avella and Allison Leigh

Learn More

Mahmoud Abbas Speaks in The Great Hall

Mahmoud Abbas Speaks in The Great Hall

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, spoke in The Great Hall on his vision for peace between Israel and Palestine. See the original webcast

Learn More
  • 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.