Nivola in New York: Figure in Field
October 26, 2019
Join The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for a walking tour of work by Sardinian-born artist and sculptor, Costantino Nivola (1911–1988). He was a unique figure who bridged art and architecture by creating site-specific artwork for buildings, most of them publicly accessible and many in collaboration with prominent architects.
Nivola occupies a largely unexamined but important place in the post-war modern movement, and his artwork communicates to a broad audience using a symbolic language he created with materials and methods often shared by the buildings he embellished. For his pieces that adorned architecture, Nivola worked mostly in concrete and explored a wide range of techniques including cast and sculpted concrete, frescoes, bas-reliefs and scrafitto. He placed free-standing sculptures in and around buildings, affixed cast panels to facades and inscribed wet concrete with designs on-site.
New York City is home to the largest gathering of Nivola’s public artworks – 21 pieces across all five boroughs, at least 17 of which still exist. The tour will include visits to six sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour will be led by exhibition co-curator Roger Broome, a licensed, LEED-accredited architect. He practices in the greater New York City area, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union (1990) and has been working in the field for over 30 years.
This event is being organized in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2019, and is being held in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition of Nivola works set to open at The Cooper Union in January 2020.
Saturday October 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Louis D. Brandeis High School
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