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End of Year Shows Through the Ages

by Mary Mann on 2022-05-24T11:44:00-04:00 in Archives | Comments

The Cooper Union opens its doors tonight for the annual End of Year Show, and the timing couldn't be better for a new acquisition to the Archives: the School of Art student exhibition records.

With slides dating back to 1978 and digital photos up to 2018, this collection acts as a portal to Cooper's past - from the "End of Year Show" of the recent future to the  "Annual Show" of the 1980s and 1990s, with group and solo exhibitions also represented throughout.

While these images are not displayed online out of respect for students' creative rights, they are available to view in the archive, which is open to the public. Viewing the slides involves a secondary time warp, requiring the use of a vintage Telex Caramate 4000 projector from 1988 that's been lovingly restored by the good people of the Cooper AV/Multimedia department. 

Engineering 2002; Andrea Gilbert 1981

As we continue to acquire more records and learn more about Cooper history, we hope to uncover exhibition records from even further in the past, back to the annual "Open House" events that we see a teasing glimpse of in the 1937 Cable yearbook

Do you have documentation from an annual show that you'd like to donate to the Archives? Or memories you'd like to share? Drop us a line at - we always love to hear from you!


Interested in learning more? Search the Records of The Cooper Union School of Art finding aid for exhibition documentation and other materials. If you'd like to view particular materials in person, please reach out to us at 

Interested in supporting the preservation of Cooper history? You can become a Friend of the Cooper Union Library for as little as $25 (or as much as you want!) View our webpage on giving to the library for more information. 

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