Discover the Public Art of Italian Sculptor Costantino Nivola in NYC

Costantino Nivola at wor k, preparing for a sand - cast ing . Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family ArchiveSand - cast bas - relief panel, Public School 55, 1969. 54 Osborne Street, Staten Island, NY. Photo by Lea Bertucci. Courtesy of The Irwin S . Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper UnionThe Family . Beach Channel High School, 1974. 100 - 00 Beach Channel Drive, Queens, NY . Photo by Lea Bertucci. Courtesy of The Irwin S . Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper UnionArtifacts on display in the Costantino Nivola exhibit at Cooper Union

Discover the work of  Sardinian-born artist and sculptor Costantino Nivola on a guided walking tour of Nivola's New York City works led by Roger Broome and Steven Hillyer, the curators of Nivola in New York I Figure in Field. 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. 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. This special tour will include visits to several sites in Manhattan.

Nivola 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.

This event is being held in conjunction with an exhibition of Nivola’s works at The Cooper Union’s Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, Nivola in New York I Figure in Field. The exhibit closes on March 15.

Roger Broome is a Brooklyn-based architect and alumnus of The Cooper Union’s The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and Steven Hillyer is Director, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive at The Cooper Union.

This is a members-only tour.


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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non-transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes place. Each booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member.

Please be courteous of your fellow Insiders – if you are no longer able to make a tour but have ticket(s), let us know at [email protected] so we can release those spots to other members. We hope you are as excited as we are about this experience and hope you can join us!

See our full list of Untapped New York Insiders member events  and our upcoming public tours. All photographs by Lea Burtucci, courtesy The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper Union except for black and white photo courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.

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  • Registration for this event will open on Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 12PM EST
  • Date and Time: Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at 2:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Capacity: 20 guests, Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • Meeting Location: Please meet in front of Louis Brandeis High School, 145 West 84th Street in Manhattan The closest subway stops are the 1, C, and B at 86th Street, both about 7 minutes walk