Storefront + Michael Sorkin
Thursday March 26, 2020
On March 26th, Storefront’s staff and board were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a dear friend, colleague, mentor, and advisor, Michael Sorkin, from complications due to COVID-19. The photo above was taken earlier this year on a visit of staff to his Tribeca studio, where we spent time catching up with him and hearing more about the recent publications and advocacy projects led by his nonprofit organization, Terreform
Michael was a member of Storefront’s Advisory Board for decades and presented many projects at the gallery over the years, including solo shows such as Suburbs of Utopia and group projects such as After Tilted Arc, Postopolis, a design competition for Petrosino Park, and many more. His architectural and scholarly practice resonated deeply with Storefront’s mission to cultivate experimental and critical ideas about the built environment.
Those close to Michael will remember his sharp mind and passionate sense of ethics, and his ability to connect disparate ideas, geographies, and philosophies in a single conversation. His wit and humor will be sorely missed.
We wish peace and comfort to all of Michael’s loved ones, and are grateful for his legacy and contributions to the fields of architecture, planning, social justice, and beyond.
See additional tributes at Terreform.
See below for a links to a selection of Michael’s projects at Storefront over the years:
Exhibition: After Tilted Arc (1985)
Exhibition: Suburbs of Utopia (1994)
Competition: Open Space / Public Life: Petrosino Park (1996)
Exhibition: Postopolis! (2007)
Event: Performance Z-A: A Pavilion and 26 Days of Events at Storefront (2007)
Event: Performance R: Eyal Weizman (2007)
Event: Strategies for Public Occupation (2011)
Exhibition: BEING: 30 Years of Storefront for Art and Architecture (2013)
Event: ARCHITECTURE or CAPITALISM / ARCHITECTURE and CAPITALISM (2013)