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The Department of Art presents lectures by Tobias Armborst on November 30 and John Cohen on December 3, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Department of Art at Vassar College will present two lectures during the week of November 30. Architect and urbanist Tobias Armborst will discuss “3.5 Recent Projects.”, on Monday, November 30. Acclaimed filmmaker, artist, musician, and photographer John Cohen will discuss and reflect on his work on Thursday, December 3. Both programs are free and open to the public and will begin at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203.

About the Speakers

Tobias Armborst

Tobias Armborst, assistant professor of art and urban studies at Vassar, is currently co-curating the International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam 2009, which is centered on the theme of the “Open City.”

He is a principal and co-founder of the New York-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners. In 2006, he won the New Practices New York Award, and, in 2005, the Architectural League's Young Architects Award with Interboro.

Interboro’s current projects include a temporary sculpture park and tree nursery in Tribeca; a neighborhood plan for Newark, New Jersey; an installation at the Casablanca Architecture Biennial; and an exhibition on “naturally occurring retirement communities (Norcs)” in New York City. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Armborst is a member of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ artists advisory board and a co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Metropolitan Exchange, a non-profit research cooperative which aims to broaden the local architecture and planning discourse by sponsoring lectures, exhibitions, and research initiatives.

John Cohen

The most recent work of John Cohen, an accomplished artist who is recognized in a variety of artistic media, is a book of photographs entitled There is No Eye: John Cohen Photographs. The book was released jointly with a Smithsonian Folkways’ CD, There Is No Eye: Music For Photographs, a collection that features recordings of musicians photographed by Cohen.

As a musician, Cohen is noted in folk music revival through his band New Lost City Ramblers and recordings with Mike Seeger and Tom Paley. His photographs have been published in many prestigious magazines, including Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Aperture, Time, Fortune, and Esquire, with some his work in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

As a filmmaker, Cohen worked as an assistant to the acclaimed photographer Robert Frank on Pull My Daisy and The Sin of Jesu. He has documented the emergence of the Abstract Expressionists and Pop Artists and has produced more than a dozen films, which have been screened at a numerous film festivals and exhibitions throughout the world.

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 25, 2009