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Black Tie International:  Cooper Union Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Cooper Union President George Campbell Jr., Annie Leibovitz (art honoree), Cooper Union Chairman Ronald Drucker

Cooper Union President George Campbell Jr., Annie Leibovitz (art honoree), Cooper Union Chairman Ronald Drucker. Photo by: Leo Sorel




November 2, 2009

Yoko Ono; Terry J. Lundgren; Cesar Pelli; Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.;

Leslie M. Hewitt; and Thom Mayne Honored For Their Outstanding Contributions  to City Life

Proceeds From The Evening Support The Cooper Union
 And Its Hallmark Tradition

Of Full-Tuition Scholarships For Every Admitted Student


On Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at 7 World Trade Center, leaders from the art, architectural, science, and academic communities will celebrate The Cooper Union For The Advancement of Science and Art’s 150th anniversary at the college’s seventh annual Urban Visionaries Award Dinner and Silent Art Auction. Urban Visionaries awards are bestowed upon distinguished individuals whose outstanding contributions to city life exemplify the spirit of innovation and creative and civic values championed by The Cooper Union.  This year’s  honorees  are: Yoko Ono, Visual Art; Terry J. Lundgren, Urban Citizenship; Cesar Pelli, Architecture; Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., Engineering & Science; Leslie M. Hewitt (A’00), Emerging Talent; and Thom Mayne, The Lafayette Medal

The benefit, expected to raise $500,000, will include a cocktail reception and silent art auction of small works donated by contemporary artists and architects including honorees Ono, Mayne and Hewitt; Christo and Jeanne-Claude; Jenny Holzer; Stephen Doyle; Neal Slavin; and Seymour Chwast, followed by dinner and the awards presentation.  Corice Canton Arman; Clo and Charles S. Cohen; and Anita and Neal Slavin will serve as Dinner Chairs. 

On the evening of November 2, in celebration of The Cooper Union’s 150th anniversary and the Urban Visionaries, the Empire State Building Company will use special lighting to recognize this milestone occasion. The Cooper Union formally opened on November 2, 1859       

Please see below for ticket information.

WHAT:   The Cooper Union For The Advancement of Science and Art celebrates its 150th Anniversary at its Urban Visionaries Awards Dinner and Silent Art Auction.  Honorees include Terry J. Lundgren; Yoko Ono; Cesar Pelli; Shirley Ann Jackson,  Ph.D.; Leslie M. Hewitt (A’00); and Thom Mayne.

WHERE:  7 World Trade Center a/k/a 250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

WHEN:        Monday, November 2, 2009

      6:30 p.m.: Cocktails & Silent Art Auction
      8:00 p.m.: Dinner & Awards Presentation

TICKETS:        To purchase tickets, visit  Click on the “Participation Form” link to the left and download the form.  Fax the completed form to 212-353-4327 or mail it to:

Urban Visionaries Award Dinner & Silent Auction
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
30 Cooper Square, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Single tickets range from $500-$5,000; tables of 10 from 5,000 - $50,000, with an opportunity to host an artist.

INFO:  For further information, please call 212.353.4106 or e-mail

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist. Since its founding, all admitted students have received full-tuition scholarships.


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