150th Anniversary Urban Visionaries Award Dinner and Silent Art Auction

Monday, November 2, 2009

Honoring distinguished figures whose outstanding contributions to city life exemplify the values championed by The Cooper Union.

Corice Canton Arman
Clo and Charles S. Cohen
Anita and Neal Slavin

2009 Urban Visionaries Honorees
Terry J. Lundgren is Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. He has led significant acquisitions for Macy’s, nearly doubling the size of the company and building its reputation as a premier national retailer with more than 850 department stores. Mr. Lundgren has been presented with several business recognition awards and was appointed Commissioner on Women’s Economic Development by the Mayor of New York. He has served numerous organizations and charities, including the Fresh Air Fund, American Jewish Council, Breast Cancer Awareness and NOW Legal Defense, among many others. He currently serves on the board of Carnegie Hall, The New York City Partnership and United Way of New York City, is a member of the Young President’s Organization and serves on the membership committee of the Economic Club of New York.
Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist who constantly challenges the traditional boundaries of sculpture, painting, theater and music. Her groundbreaking conceptual and performance pieces, experimental films, solo music, music done in association with others, including a remarkable collaboration with John Lennon from the time they met until his death, and international one-woman shows and retrospectives illustrate her varied career. Ms. Ono continues to perform and exhibit her award-winning work around the world and, this past year, had major exhibitions here in New York City as well as in Japan and the UK. She was also represented in several Biennales including Liverpool, Sydney and Bucharest. Ms. Ono has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2008 College Art Association for Distinguished Body of Work and the Venice Biennale’s prestigious Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Cesar Pelli is Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where he has personally originated and directed the design of each of the firm’s projects since its founding in 1977. Mr. Pelli began his career as Project Designer in the offices of Eero Saarinen before going on to become Director of Design at DMJM and, later, Partner for Design at Gruen Associates. He is the former Dean of Yale University School of Architecture and he continues to lecture today. Mr. Pelli has written extensively on architectural issues and his work has been widely published and exhibited. He is the recipient of twelve honorary degrees and over 200 awards for design excellence, including the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished achievement in architecture.
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D, is President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to her current position, Dr. Jackson was Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a theoretical physicist at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories and a professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University. Dr. Jackson is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She chairs the NYSE Regulation Board and serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution, IBM, FedEx, Public Service Enterprise Group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council on Competitiveness, among several others. Dr. Jackson is the recipient of 44 honorary degrees and numerous awards including the prestigious Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board.
Leslie M. Hewitt graduated from the School of Art at The Cooper Union in 2000 and went on to earn an MFA from Yale University in 2004. From 2001-2003, she focused on Africana Studies and Cultural Studies at New York University. Ms. Hewitt has held residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, ALJIRA: A Center for Contemporary Art and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. Her work has been featured in major exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Ms. Hewitt participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, where she quickly gained a reputation for power, elegance and beauty using photography, sculpture and site-specific installations to explore fluid notions of time. Her work is in the public collection at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York and, this year, she will be represented in MoMA’s New Photography 2009.
Thom Mayne, Pritzker Prize-winning architect and founder and design director of Morphosis Architects, was selected by The Cooper Union to design its new academic facility at 41 Cooper Square. Charged with creating a building that can be adapted to the rapidly evolving technological and pedagogical needs of the college, Mr. Mayne’s design includes nine stories—175,000 square feet—of flexible space that engenders freedom of thought and creativity. Providing state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, studios and student spaces, Mr. Mayne’s vision stays true to The Cooper Union’s commitment to a superbly conceived “green” building and is the first academic laboratory building in New York City built to Platinum LEED standards.

Empire State Building Company

Many thanks to the Empire State Building Company for the special lighting on the evening of November 2, 2009 in celebration of The Cooper Union’s 150th Anniversary Benefit. www.esbnyc.com

150th Anniversary Urban Visionaries Award Dinner and Silent Art Auction
Monday, November 2, 2009
7 World Trade Center, New York City
Cocktails and Silent Auction 6:30 pm
Dinner and Awards Presentation 8:00 pm
For further information, please call 212.353.4100 or e-mail [email protected]

Pictures of the event in New York Social Diary.