Adriana Farmiga

Adjunct Instructor

Adriana Farmiga is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and production designer for film.  Having split her time between the former Soviet Union and the tightly knit dissident community of the Ukrainian East Village in NY, Farmiga has been able to use the dichotomous iconographies of her cultural upbringing to closely examine the fault line that allows for nuance to exist in our shared experiences, in her work.  Since graduating The Cooper Union (A’96), Farmiga has taken part a wide array of projects: exhibition design at the Hall of Biodiversity in the American Museum of Natural History (NY), curating for the Peter Norton Family Collection/ Foundation, to her current role as a programming advisor for the non profit LaMama Gallery (the latter, which she initiated a now annual collaboration with The Cooper Union).  She also conducts a yearly lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art- a collaborative endeavor between the Museum’s Departments of Education and Conservation.  Her work has been shown in such venues at Triple Candie, Smack Mellon, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Farmiga is represented by Newman Popiashvili Gallery (NY), The Company (LA), and Roos Gallery in Upstate New York (Rosendale), where she lives.

Projects & Links

  • 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.