Walking Tour: Nivola in New York I Figure in Field
2:00pm – 8:00pm
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
Please join The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union for a walking tour of works by Sardinian-born artist and sculptor, Costantino Nivola, on Saturday, October 26th at 10am. The tour will begin at Louis Brandeis High School, located at 145 West 84th Street in Manhattan. This event is being held in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition of Nivola works set to open at The Cooper Union in January 2019.
Costantino Nivola 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. He 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.
(Rain date: Sunday, October 27th – 10am)
Manhattan Sites – 10am Start Time
Louis Brandeis High School, 145 West 84th Street [1962 – Richard Stein, Architect]
Stephen Wise Recreation Area, 117 West 90th Street [1963 – Richard Stein, Architect]
Junior High School 13, 1573 Madison Avenue [1958 – Frederick G. Frost Jr., Architect]
Raymond Loewy House, 1025 5th Avenue [1955 – Raymond Loewy, Architect]
19th Precinct Combined Police & Fire Facilities 153 East 67th Street [1991 – Richard & Carl Stein, Architects]
Brooklyn Sites – 3pm Start Time
Public School 46, 100 Clermont Avenue [1959 – Katz, Waisman, Blumenkranz, Stein & Weber Architects]
Junior High School 113, 300 Adelphi Street [1961 – Frederick G. Frost Jr., Architect]
Please note: we will be traveling by bus between some Manhattan locations, and via subway between 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. He has worked in a broad variety of specialties such as exterior renovation, acoustical, exhibition and retail design.
Nivola in New York I Figure in Field will be on display in Cooper Union’s Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery from January 23 – March 15, 2019. In parallel with the exhibition, The Cooper Union will organize onsite events, including a public panel discussion and gallery tours.