2016 Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

February 02 - February 19, 2016

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This annual exhibition presents works related to the Benjamin Menschel Fellowships granted to selected Cooper Union students to further work on projects related to art, architecture, design and engineering. This year's projects include:

You Are Not Entering Through a Door: Greece and Turkey, Sites of Forced Exchange of Populations, c. 1923
Lauren Bishop (School Of Art) & Max Gideonse (The Irwin S. Chanin School Of Architecture)

An examiniation of the practices of architectural and social preservation in the remnants of the modern era’s first legislated forced migration



Yanbian: A Flickering Past Tense
Sam Choi (architecture) | Cassandra Engstrom (architecture)

Life among the Joseonjok, descendants of Korean immigrants living in China's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture



Street Performance Art in San Juan, Lima And Distrito Federal
Ari Ferdman (art)

An ongoing effort to discover the artists who do street performance—free theater—in Latin America



Invisible Infrastructures: Ghosts on the Street
Brandon Lockfoot (art)

Travels with the bike messengers of 15 U.S. cities and what they reveal about shifts in modern urban life



Between Nature and Self: The Landscape of the Hani People of Yunnan, China
Vanessa Tai (architecture)

For the Hani, an ethnic minority practicing terraced rice farming, there is no division between their sustainable agrarian model and their religious beliefs


Images courtesy of the respective Menschel Fellows

Opening Reception: Tuesday 2 February, 6pm-8pm

Exhibition on view through February 19, 2016

Free and open to the public | Tuesday - Saturday 11am -7pm

5th and 6th floor lobbies

Located at 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

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