Federal Hall is the home of many foundational institutions of U.S. democracy. The original building, constructed in 1700 as New York’s City Hall, served as the first U.S. Capitol, witnessed the inauguration of the first U.S. President, and hosted the ratification of the Bill of Rights by the First Congress.The building that currently occupies the site, designed in 1842, was originally the United States Customs House and has been a hub of debate and dialogue throughout the evolution of U.S. political history.
Join us inside this artifact of democracy as we celebrate contemporary forms of practice that invite us to ACT, to consider FACTS, and to reflect upon the ART of architecture and design.
To purchase tickets or to join the Benefit Committee, see here.
This year, we honor Denise Scott Brown, whose visionary architectural practice has led us to re-examine existing urban forms, and Murray Moss, whose design and curation work has been seminal in creating new and innovative objects from around the world.
DENISE SCOTT BROWN is among the world’s most widely known and celebrated architects, planners, and urban designers. She has developed and advised on architecture, urban design, precinct plan, and master plan projects for a wide range of universities, museums, residences, government structures, and other public and private clients.
Her firm, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, which she has led with her partner and husband Robert Venturi since joining in 1967, is one of the most prolific and influential architecture and planning firms in the world, with projects spanning over 50 years and three continents. The firm’s designs are widely understood as central in the architectural transition from modernism to postmodernism, and Scott Brown’s books, especially Learning From Las Vegas with Venturi and Steven Izenour, is widely recognized as a canonical critique of modernism and as a basis for postmodernism in architecture and civic planning.
She has designed buildings and master plans at Brown, Penn, Princeton, and Harvard Universities, the Seattle Art Museum, Houston Children’s Museum, the National Gallery in London, and the Toulouse Provincial Capitol Building. Denise has taught at Berkeley, UCLA, Yale, Penn, and Harvard GSD, and has held visiting professorships at Oberlin, UC Santa Barbara, Rice and Princeton Universities.
Scott Brown has been granted honorary doctorships by twelve institutions, and is the recipient of the Vilcek Prize, the US National Medal of Arts, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Medal, the Chicago Architecture Award, and many others. Denise and her work have been covered in Metropolis, Dezeen, The Architectural Review, CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The LA Times, and The New Yorker.
MURRAY MOSS is a Co-Founder and Principal of Moss Bureau, a design consultancy providing services to museums, corporations and private collectors. He is also the founder of the internationally renowned design gallery MOSS.
During its eighteen years in Soho, MOSS was called “the best design store in the world,” and Moss himself was described as “America’s most closely watched purveyor of industrial design.” He has conceived and curated over one hundred influential exhibitions at MOSS in New York and Los Angeles, as well as at other venues, including the Victoria Albert Museum in London, the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, and the Warhol Foundation in Pittsburgh.
The author of several books, including Georg Jensen Reflections, (Rizzoli, 2014) and Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years (Rizzoli, 2013), Moss is a frequent speaker at museums, universities, and other cultural institutions. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Chrysler Design Award, Russel Wright Award, House Beautiful’s Giants of Design Award, Metropolitan Home’s Modernism Award and Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. He has served on the boards of the Cooper-Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA), and he is on the graduate staff of the School of Visual Arts.
6:00 – 7:00 PM
(for members of the Benefit Committee)
Art of Facts Preview
Prosecco Tower by Nino Franco
|7:00 – 9:30 PM||
LEFT\OVER passed canapés by Bite
The Age of Things by Norseland
Unforgotten by Po-Po’s / Diane Chang
LIE-BATIONS by WhistlePig Rye Whiskey,
Feudi di San Gregorio, Juice Press, Lagunitas Brewing Co.,
Monkey 47, Original New York Seltzer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Music by José Parlá and Stefan Ruiz
MOMENT OF TRUTH
A Marching Act by the Marching Cobras
Introduction by Board President Charles Renfro
Remarks by Executive Director Eva Franch i Gilabert
Statements and Toast from Honorees
Murray Moss and Denise Scott Brown
|9:30 PM – 12 AM||
AFTER FACTS After Party
(all guests are invited to stay until 12 am)
DJ Set featuring Jon Santos
UPSTAIRS \\ FACT
Personal and collective narratives accumulate in the objects that surround us. Our homes and lives are embedded with artifacts that represent our histories and identities. Tonight, guests have been invited to bring an artifact that conveys a story or serves as a remnant of their lives or practice. Upon entering Federal Hall, these objects will be relinquished and become part of a collective artifact. Guests are invited to collect an item as a memento of the evening.
Storefront’s archive contains 35 years of alternative ideas. Its unrealized projects, sketches, press releases, original artwork, and audio-visual media provide a rich, detailed narrativeo of the organization’s unique history. The archive project was launched in 2015 as a multi-year initiative with support from state, federal, and private resources. Storefront seeks to digitize its most requested records, which document over 280 exhibitions and events. Tonight, we present a reading room with a small selection of artifacts from the archive as a way to make visible this remarkable repository of ideas.
Facts of Life
Alongside an exhibit exploring the legacy of national parks in the United States, vitrines display an array of objects that reflect the contributions of tonight’s honorees, Murray Moss and Denise Scott Brown. These objects narrate particular moments of their lives and careers, and lend insight into their ideas, trajectories, and aspirations.
DOWNSTAIRS \\ ART
The space below Federal Hall’s grand rotunda is transformed into a lounge that provides a site for conversations, musings, and reflections upon the agency of art and architecture in contemporary culture. Furnished by Vitra and designed by WorldStage, it presents a beneath-the-surface haven from the realities of a post-fact society.
This fall, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present New York’s first architecture book fair, featuring the 100 most significant books in architecture and design from the last 35 years. Tonight, we invite guests to write down titles of “books yet to be written” and to imagine the histories to be produced.
YOU ARE HERE (& there, too, etc)
A sound installation commissioned by Storefront for the organization’s 30th anniversary benefit, this performance is a journey through 30 years of Storefront’s history led by Vito Acconci. As part of the piece, Acconci narrates and interrogates the organization’s history with his own personal commentary.
MOMENT OF TRUTH
A MARCHING ACT
This fall, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present a project that explores performance, identity, and urbanism. Marching On, commissioned by Storefront, is a new performance piece by the Marching Cobras, a Harlem-based community youth drumming and dance group. The commission is a collaboration between architectural theorist Mabel Wilson and design practitioner Bryony Roberts. It will be presented as part of Performa in November 2017 and as an exhibition at Storefront in 2018.
At the event, we will launch New Artifacts, the first iteration of a new initiative called Storefront Editions. New Artifacts presents a set of limited pieces specially commissioned for this event. Works include:
L-Ruler by Adam McEwen
12” x 7” x 3/32”
Edition: 10, signed and numbered on boxes (2 APs)
LITE-SCAPES SF by LOT-EK
Cast clear colored rubber, LED neon strip, transformer, electric cord, switch and plug
7” x 11” x 5”
Edition: 20 (5 APs)
Marilyn by Murray Moss with Lobmeyr
Clear crystal, hand engraved
3.25” (Dia) x 3.5” (H)
Edition: 24 sets of 4 glasses, each with a different “crack” (1 AP)
To view the works, see here. For more information about the editions, contact Jinny Khanduja at email@example.com or 212.431.5795.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown
Lauren Kogod and David Smiley
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Robert M. Rubin and Stéphane Samuel
Bluedge (formerly NRI)
SL Green Realty Corp.
The Architect’s Newspaper
Peter Bachmann, JCJ Architecture
Mahnaz and Adam Bartos
Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky
Giuliana Bruno and Andrew Fierberg
Campbell and Allison Hyers
Andrew Klemmer and Ann Orcutt
Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss
Miller Blaker Inc.
Joseph Mizzi, Sciame Construction, LLC
Sylvia Smith, FXFOWLE
Turner Construction Company
Lawrence and Alice Weiner
Ramona Albert Architecture
Alissa Bucher and Rob Rogers
Rafael de Cárdenas
Emily and Archie Lee Coates IV
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown
Frener & Reifer
Amy and Ronald Guttman
Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox
Astrid Lipka and Lyn Rice
Marpillero Pollak Architects
Graciela and Neal Meltzer
Robert and Meryl Meltzer
Jason Miller, Roll & Hill
Nat Oppenheimer and Karen Frome
Charles Renfro and Daniel Gortler
Susan T. Rodriguez
Tillotson Design Associates
Billie Tsien / Tod Williams
WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Slash Projects
Jake Barton, Local Projects
Phillip G. Bernstein
Bromley Caldari Architects
Brenda Danilowitz, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Christina R. Davis
Michelle DiLello, Blue Medium, Inc.
Iben Falconer, Columbia GSAPP
Belmont Freeman Architects
Daniel Gluck, Museum of Sex
Marian Goodman Gallery
Susan Grant Lewin
Brandon Haw Architecture
Mary Margaret Jones, Hargreaves Jones
Prem Krishnamurthy, Project Projects
Michael Kwartler, FAIA
Li/Saltzman Architects, P.C.
James Lima Planning + Development
Toshiko Mori Architect
Anh Tuan Pham
Nancy J. Ruddy
Joel Sanders, JSA
Jane Schulak / Culture Lab Detroit
Ruth Lande Shuman
Tsao & McKown Architects
Carol A. Willis
Paola Zamudio, NPZ Style + Decor
The main entrance of Federal Hall is located at 26 Wall Street, near the corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street.
The rear entrance, which is wheelchair accessible, is located at 15 Pine Street, near the intersection of Pine Street and Nassau Street.