Cooper Union

Post image for Corcoran Group Mounts Legal Challenge to National Gallery Deal

Several concerned parties, including the Save the Corcoran advocacy group, have filed legal briefs seeking to block the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s planned integration with the National Gallery, Washington City Paper reported.

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Post image for Alumni and Students File Suit Against Cooper Union Over “Mismanaged” Endowment

Five alumni and admitted students have filed suit against Cooper Union’s board of trustees, alleging that their behavior leading up to the historic end of free tuition violated duties prescribed by the school’s charter, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Post image for Method Man? Notes on Shigeru Ban’s Pritzker Prize

Earlier today, the Pritzker Foundation named Shigeru Ban as its 2014 Laureate. Focusing on his work in disaster relief, the nine-person jury praised his interventions in places such as Rwanda, Haiti, India, China, Italy, and his home country of Japan — Ban is the third Japanese architect in the past five years to win the award.

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Post image for Fighting for the Future of St. Mark’s Bookshop

“There are too many good bookstores in Brooklyn,” Bob Contant said. Contant is one of two co-owners of St. Mark’s Bookshop, the embattled last independent bookstore standing in the East Village. He was explaining to me why he wouldn’t consider a move to what’s generally deemed New York’s most literary borough.

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Post image for In Historic Vote, Cooper Union Board Ratifies Tuition for 2014

In an email to the Cooper Union community sent a little after 8pm EST, board of trustees chairman Richard S. Lincer conceded that “tuition remains the only realistic source of new revenue in the near future.”

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Post image for Free Cooper Union Leaks “Board Presentation” Suggesting Art Dept Is in Trouble

Free Cooper Union has released the first installment of what they allege will be a two-week long period marked by the daily publication of “anonymously leaked confidential documents” from the university’s administration.

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Post image for Cooper Union Board Suspends Student Trustee Elections

In an announcement made through Cooper Union’s Office of Student Affairs yesterday, the university’s trustees canceled the upcoming elections for a student trusteeship previously ratified at their September board meeting.

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Post image for Cooper Occupation Ends With Agreement, Amnesty for Activists

In a message sent at 4:07 pm to the Cooper Union community, Jamshed Bharucha announced today an agreement with the activist group Free Cooper Union, which had ended its occupation and vacated his office on Friday. The email, which was preceded a few minutes earlier by a campuswide message containing the text of the agreement drawn up with the students, ended on a conciliatory note: “We may not all agree on everything we face but I am committed to lead Cooper Union in a way that places the institution in a strong position for the future.”

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Post image for My Two-Minute Interview With Cooper Union’s President

I was walking around the East Village this morning, as is my wont, and happened upon a familiar face. The kindly visage in question belonged to not-quite-mediagenic Jamshed Bharucha, president of Cooper Union, “the embattled New York college” (Art in America).

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Post image for Free Cooper Union Mounts Renegade Art Show

New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz preceded me in Jamshed Bharucha’s office by only a few minutes. He was there, as I was, for tonight’s opening of Step Down, the Free Cooper Union-organized companion to the school’s official year-end Show Up exhibition. Saltz’s appearance at the year-end show of one of Manhattan’s leading art schools is not a surprise, but his signing of Free Cooper Union’s statement of no confidence (as well as their guestbook) was just another blow to what by now can only be characterized as the Cooper Union PR piñata.

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