October 18, 2011



Storefront for Art and Architecture presented Productive Disagreements Series: Kissing vs Komplex, an event with Sylvia Lavin and Hal Foster about contemporary relations between art and architecture, and the forces that bring them together. The artists presented ideas outlined in their recently launched publications, debating issues such as architectural criticism, collaboration within the disciplines of art and architecture and the relationship between art and architecture in the 21st century.


A video of the discussion can be found below.


About the publications:

The Art-Architecture Complex
ISBN 978-1-84467-689-7
5.9 × 8.6 in / 176 pages


Kissing Architecture
Cloth Cover

ISBN: 9781400838387

6 x 7 in / 136 pages || 33 color illus. 5 halftones.


About the authors

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin ‘17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton.
His latest book is “The Art-Architecture Complex” (2011), a sequel to his “Design and Crime” (2002); his “First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha” appears in late 2011. He is presently at work on a theory of modernism as a way (in the words of Walter Benjamin) “to outlive culture, if need be.” A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foster writes regularly for October(which he co-edits), Artforum, The London Review of Books, and New Left Review.


Sylvia Lavin received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University in 1990 after having received fellowships from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Her book Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture was published by the MIT Press in 1992. Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture was published by the MIT Press in 2005. Her most recent book, Kissing Architecture, was published by Princeton University Press in 2011 and The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity, is forthcoming in 2012. Ms. Lavin is an active curator of architecture and design: she has initiated a new series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, and has been a guest curator for the Canadian Center for Architecture and Ace Galleries in Los Angeles. She is currently the Director of the Critical Studies M.A. and Ph.D. program in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she was Chairperson from 1996 to 2006, and the Director of Hi-C, a collaborative design and research group that supports the critical engagement with experimental architecture in the public realm. She is aVisiting Professor, History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton. Ms. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



The Productive Disagreements Series is part of Storefront’s programming for the development of conversations between ideologically opposed institutions, critics, artist or architects reflecting on contemporary issues around the globe. The events avoid compromise and agreement as a methodology of dialogical exchange, promoting confrontation and dialogue in order to generate a responsive audience and increase participation obtaining a multiplicity of viewpoints and strategies.




This event was presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month NYC.