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Nivola in New York I Figure in Field Curator's Gallery Tour

March 3, 2020

Join Docomomo US/New York Tri-State for an exclusive gallery tour at The Cooper Union of the exhibition Nivola in New York | Figure in Field, with co-curators Steven Hillyer, Director, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive at The Cooper Union, and Roger Broome, a Brooklyn-based architect and Cooper Union alumnus.

New York is home to the largest gathering of Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola’s (1911-1988) public artworks, — 21 pieces across all five boroughs, at least 17 of which still exist. This work includes large-scale bas-reliefs, murals, and free-standing sculptural installations created in collaboration with numerous prominent architects over approximately 40 years. This is the first-ever exhibition to tell the story of Nivola’s built New York City projects through maquettes and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera.

Designers with whom Nivola created his New York City projects include Harrison & Abramovitz, Raymond Loewy, BBPR, Max Urbahn and Raymond & Rado. Projects elsewhere in the U.S. and as far away as his native Sardinia are also presented. His collaborators on works beyond New York include Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Jose Luis Sert, HOK and Bernard Rudofsky.

Tuesday March 3, 6:00 pm

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union
Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street (at Third Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

$15 DOCOMOMO Members/$25 General Public. Advance registration required. Capacity is limited.

 

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02_Nivola_Sandcasting_Process
Costantino Nivola at work, preparing for a sand-casting. Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.
01_Nivola_Portrait
Portrait of Costantino Nivola. Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.
03 Nivola_1025 Fifth Avenue
Sand-casts, Apartment Building Lobby, 1955. 1025 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Photo by Norman Oberferst. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.
06_Beach Channel HS
The Family. Beach Channel High School,1974. 100-00 Beach Channel Drive, Queens, NY. Photo by Lea Bertucci. Courtesy of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper Union.
05_PS 55
Sand-cast bas-relief panel, Public School 55, 1969. 54 Osborne Street, Staten Island, NY. Photo by Lea Bertucci. Courtesy of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper Union.
056B3170
Courtesy of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper Union Lea Bertucci, Photographer

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