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ABOUT


Mission 

Storefront for Art and Architecture is an institution committed to the advancement of innovative and critical positions. Our program of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications and special projects provides an alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, ideological, and geographic boundaries. Through its physical and digital platforms, Storefront provides an open forum for experiments that impact the understanding and future of cities, territories and public life. 

 

History

Storefront was founded in 1982 by Kyong Park as an
experimental forum and exhibition space for activating and engaging emerging
voices and promoting public discourse around issues effecting, influencing and
challenging the built environment.  The
organization presented its first program, Performance A-Z, on September 18,
1982. The inaugural exhibition included a series of 26 consecutive nights of
performances by 26 artists.

 

Since the launch of inaugural Performance A-Z, Storefront
has continued to shape itself as a platform for emerging ideas that lie at the
intersection of art and architecture, and for open dialogue and innovative
exchange beyond and across borders, backgrounds and ideologies, addressing
issues from new technology to the social and political forces that shape the
built environment. Throughout its history, the organization has investigated critical
social issues such as homelessness (1985), gender identity (1994), public housing (1984), and has responded to geopolitical and economical conflicts and movements
such as the Gulf War, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Occupy Wall Street movement (2011)
from a design perspective, while offering emerging artists and architects the
opportunity to present new ideas and exhibit innovative work. Over one thousand
internationally recognized artists and architects have shown at Storefront, including Peter Cook, Diller+Scofidio, Tony Feher, Dan Graham, Coop Himmelblau, Alfredo
Jaar
, Kiki Smith, Lebbeus Woods, Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós, Eyal Weizman, Bjarke Ingels, Didier Fiuza Faustino among many others.

 

Through its commitment to spatial experimentation and
innovation, Storefront remains one of the only platforms focusing primarily on the intersection of architecture, art and design.  

 

LOCATION

 

Storefront Gallery

97 Kenmare Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets)

Subways: 6, A, C, E (Spring); N, R (Prince); J (Bowery); B,
D, F, M, (Broadway/Lafayette); Q (Canal)

Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Storefront  can provide assistance to visitors
with disabilities by request. 

To request audio format, large-print materials, or sign language or please email pc@storefrontnews.org one week in advance of program. 

 

The Storefront Gallery is located in a unique triangular ground-level space at the corner of Kenmare Street and Lafayette in the Chinatown/Little Italy/SoHo area of New York City. Situated at the intersection of three radically different cultural sectors, Storefront’s gallery is nearly 100 feet long, tapering from 20 feet to 3 feet at its west end. In 1993, Storefront commissioned a collaborative building project by artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl. The project replaced the existing exterior façade with a series of twelve movable panels that pivot vertically or horizontally to open the entire length of the gallery directly on to the street. Storefront’s physical location and façade can be understood as a reflection of its mission and practice, not only blurring the boundary between interior and exterior but enabling an endless possibility of panel configurations which encourage artists and visitors to create their own experience of entry, navigation and absorption in the gallery space. The unusual conditions of the gallery space, from its triangular floor plan to the unique access to the street created by the Acconci/Holl façade have made the Storefront Gallery an architectural landmark in New York City and the collective imaginary of art and architecture institutions.


Storefront Offices

611 Brodway, #634

Subways: 6, A, C, E (Spring); N, R (Prince); J (Bowery); B, D, F, M, (Broadway/Lafayette); Q (Canal)

Monday-Friday, 10.30am – 6pm

 

 

 

PROGRAMMING 

 

Exhibitions. Exhibitions at Storefront take experimentation
and risk as a priori condition. From single artists with site-specific
installations to thematic group shows Storefront works as a public forum for
emerging voices to explore radically new spaces of action that do not find a
space of resonance within the established and canonical forms of communication
and display. Exhibitions at Storefront engage the physical space of the
gallery, the street and the visitors, becoming architectural experiments
themselves.

 

Event S eries. Storefront produces event-based programming for the
development and exposure of architectural, artistic, social and political
ideas. The Storefront event series is comprised of artist talks, lectures,
panel discussions and other events to engage with architects, artists,
students, and academics in the fields of art, architecture and design and offer
educational opportunities for the general public. All events are documented and
transcribed for the organization’s archive and website, allowing audiences to continue
to engage with topics well beyond the talk at Storefront. These include the
Interrogation Series, Cabaret Series, Productive Disagreement Series, Total
Enthusiasm Series, Manifesto  Series,
Paella Series, Reading Images Series, and Definitions Series.

 

Competitions. Competitions at Storefront focus on overlooked
aspects of society or politically delicate conditions and open up the debate by
bringing design awareness within specific aspects of society. Storefront’s
competitions call for ideas from artists, architects and citizens at large to
contribute to the dialogue around unique urban problems.

 

 

Publications. Storefront publishes books about art,
architecture and design that present in printed form different exhibitions, events and ideas developed at Storefront.  Past publications have included White House
Redux
(2008), a compilation of projects related to a competition launched by Storefront on what the residence of the White House in Washington DC would look like if it were designed today; 49 Cities (2009, 2010), a catalogue of a project which included observing and comparing 49 cities over the course of various years; Storefront Newsprints 1982-2009 (2009),
a compilation of Storefront’s historic newsletter over the years; and A Contingent Object of Research: The Bridge Project (2010) which includes a range of critical essays about the work of Do Ho Suh. In 2013, in partnership with Lars Muller Publishers, Storefront launched the first two issues of the Manifesto Books Series, which aims to encourage the formulation of positions in relation to specific topics and instigate spirited discussion and exchange in a dynamic and polemical context: Double (2013) and Formless (2013).  

 

Projects . Special projects produced by Storefront allow the
organization to engage with new environments and audiences and support ideas
and projects beyond the confines of the gallery space. Projects include the
Draw Think Tank application, the annual Critical Halloween Party, the Spacebuster (by Raumblabor), the Speechbuster (by Jimenez Lai and G. Cox) among many others.

 


Global Platfroms.  Storefront has historically engaged with audiences through different formats of exchange with global alternative architecture and art frameworks. Past global projects have included pop up spaces and talks in     Budapest Los Angeles Milan London  and  Mexico DF .

 

Current global projects include the ongoing Storefront International Series (Dominican RepublicPortugal and other locations are in the works) and the WorldWide Storefront, a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices.



 

 

Research Platfroms

The OfficeUS Institute, to be launched in the fall of 2015, is a space for the reexamination, investigation, and production of global ideas and projects. Based in New York City but worldwide in focus, the institute will bring together a dynamic group of thought leaders, scholars, strategists, and practitioners to work toward the production of new ideas and new social, economic, and cultural edifices.
The OfficeUS Institute will serve as a global office that extends beyond national, institutional, educational, and financial borders. To learn more send us an email to info@storefrontnews.org


OfficeUS, was launched as an experimental office and exhibition space in 2014 inside the US Pavilion at the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale as Storefront was selected by the State Department to represent the United States of America. 

 

 

STOREFRONT’S ARCHIVE PROJECT

As one of the first alternative spaces in New York
dedicated to presenting innovative, provocative work at the intersection of art
and architecture, Storefront has accumulated archival records documenting its
diverse and influential program of over 280 exhibitions and affiliated
performances, lectures, publications and events dating from its founding in
1982. Featuring the work of 1,500+ architects, artists and designers, this
material includes a collection of original artwork and over 100 linear feet of research
documents, proposals, correspondence and press releases, photographic prints
and negatives, audio-visual media, newsletters, and publications. Together,
this material constitutes a unique, significant and underrepresented collection
of narratives in contemporary American design.

 

This project positions Storefront’s archive as a resource
for design professionals, including architects, artists, and curators; for
academic researchers, educators and students; for journalists, community
organizers and policy makers; and for a general public audience. With generous
support of Council on Library & Information Resources and the NY State
Archives Documentary Heritage Program, Storefront is currently processing its
collections for broad research and public access.

For research inquiry, please contact archive@storefrontnews.org

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