Urban Studies Major
City College Fellow
Jeff Kasper is a student in the CUNY BA program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in urbanism. Jeff also currently holds a Kaye Scholarship in the humanities and the arts and a Weston Scholarship in public service. As a researcher, he is interested in bringing methods from art history and cultural theory to bare on issues related to urban studies. Jeff researches how art and artists are key players in the representation, documentation, and intervention of urban environments; and advocates for how visual media can give us nuanced subjective study of place and society. He is currently working on a research paper examining the artist Lisette Model's kaleidoscopic Reflection series photographs through a lens provided by close readings of Walter Benjamin. His intention is to reconstruct a critical perspective of 1940s consumer life in New York.
In addition to being a student, Jeff is also an artist and graphic designer pursuing independent and collaborative projects. Recently, Jeff has traveled to The National Gallery of Canada to pursue archival research for his thesis; held a design workshop at the Interaction Design and Children Conference at The New School; and was invited as a guest critic/artist at Parsons The New School For Design, where he gave a presentation of his art practice, developed a studio project, and presented a historical survey of walking and mapping based art to undergraduates.
Jeff's goal is to continue on to a doctoral program merging art and urban research, where he can develop his visual studies scholarship and become a professor.