John Hejduk will be portrayed in a new light at The Cooper Union later this month where seven works from the architect will be on display, both inside and out.

“Hejduk was often criticized for work lacking social or political relevance,” James Williamson, Dean and Professor Office of the Dean College of Architecture Texas Tech University told The Architect’s Newspaper (AN).  “These objects reveal how misconceived such a judgment was,” he added, referring to Hejduk’s Jan Palach Memorial which will be on display.

Wall House 2, 2001. Residence in Groningen, The Netherlands with Platform Gras, City of Groningen, Muller Reimann Architects, Otonomo Architects.
Wall House 2, 2001. Residence in Groningen, The Netherlands with Platform Gras, City of Groningen, Muller Reimann Architects, Otonomo Architects. © Hélène Binet

....Nader Tehrani, incumbent dean at the school of architecture, expanded on the influence of Hejduk’s teaching style.

Nader Tehrani, incumbent dean at the school of architecture, expanded on the influence of Hejduk’s teaching style.

“On the one hand, he brought disciplinary projects to the table that had deep histories, and on the other, he brought individuated attention to students’ independent platforms of thinking, such that he could leave latitude for creative and intellectual development outside of his own ideological predispositions,” he said. “The small scale of Cooper Union enabled him to bring forth a more ‘precise’ culture, where craft, making, and representational tools were diversified, and where their instrumentality was put to focus. It is hard to imagine an intellectual figure who has had the ability to produce so many other critical voices: teacher, practitioners, deans, and activists, the very many who now occupy key positions at other reputed institutions.”

The exhibition will be on view March 29 through April 29, 2017 in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery at Cooper Union. Visitors will have more time to take in the Jan Palach Memorial, which will be displayed until June 11. “We are hoping,” said Hillyer, “that this will be the first of many installations realized by the school.”