Recreating the Hegemonies That We Seek to Destroy
Banner, rope, wooden cricket bat, New York Times, lead softball, audio recording
The bundle of fabric and rope is the "Free Education To All" banner that was flown from the 8th floor of the Cooper Union Foundation building during the December 2012 student lock-in in protest of the Cooper Union board and administration's decision to charge tuition and attempt to end over 150 years of free education at the institution.
Atop the banner is a a solid, cast-lead softball, and a copy of the April 23, 2013 New York Times, which ran the front page article,"College Ends Free Tuition, and an Era" supposing an end to the struggle against tuition at Cooper Union. A month later, the NYT was covering the student occupation of Cooper Union President, Jamshed Bharucha's office, which held for 65 days. The occupation ended following a negotiation several of the school's board members. The agreement that emerged from the negotiation included direct student representation on the school's board, and the formation of a Working Group comprised of students, faculty, staff, and trustees charged with developing a plan to keep the school tuition free. In December of 2013, the Working Group presented its report to the trustees, and Cooper Union blinked on tuition...The struggle continues.
The bat included in the piece was a prototype for a cricket bat that was presented to Jamshed Bharucha upon his inauguration as President of Cooper Union in October of 2011. The prototype bat now reads "This Ain't NYU".