Constanza Salazar

Adjunct Instructor

Constanza is an art historian living in New York City. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, studying the intersections of art, theory, and technology. Her dissertation titled, Embodied Digital Dissent: Coopting Technologies in Art, 1990-present, engages with how artists responded to different technological advancements of biotechnology, the internet, surveillance, and artificial intelligence, and with how artists found and continue to find moments of resistance against the capitalist logic of extraction found within these that discriminate against minority groups. Of importance to her is how artists think of creative, ethical and alternative modes of art-making alongside technology. Constanza has presented papers internationally on the topics of art and technology. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and Philosophy at the University of Waterloo and her Masters in Art History at the University of Guelph in Canada.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.