Rubacha Featured Speakers Lecture Series: Talks with Peter Eisenman (B.Arch. '54) and Shelly Silver (B.F.A. '80)

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Architecture at 150 | Art at 100

Join the college in celebrating the Department of Architecture's 150th academic year and a century of art education by attending the Rubacha Featured Speakers Event with talks by Peter Eisenman (B.Arch. '54) and Shelly Silver (B.F.A. '80), during this year's Cornell Reunion Weekend.*

Attend in person or remotely.

Register for the virtual event via Zoom.

*We kindly recommend that you register for Reunion regardless of graduation year. If you have any questions regarding Reunion registration, contact aapalum@cornell.edu.


Peter Eisenman (B.Arch. '54)

Peter Eisenman is an internationally recognized architect and educator whose award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and series of inventive private houses attest to a career of excellence in design.

Eisenman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among other awards, in 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Smithsonian Institution's 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Popular Science magazine named Eisenman one of the top five innovators of 2006 for the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. In May 2010, Eisenman was honored with the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, awarded in Jerusalem. In 2020, he received the prestigious Gold Medal for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Currently a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Eisenman's academic career also includes teaching at Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, and Ohio State universities. He is also an author, whose most recent books include Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990⁠–2004 (Yale University Press, 2007) and Lateness (Princeton University Press, 2020). Eisenman holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Architecture degree from Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University (U.K.). He holds honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Chicago, the Pratt Institute in New York, and Syracuse University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Architecture by the Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Shelly Silver, (B.F.A. '80)

Shelly Silver is a New York-based artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and increasingly in recent years, the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA, and the London, the Singapore, New York, Moscow, and Berlin Film Festivals. Silver has received fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and Anonymous Was A Woman. Silver is currently Professor and Director of the Moving Image for the Visual Arts Program in the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

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