Modernism Across the Sykes-Picot Line

Friday, February 14th, 2020

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

97 Kenmare Street

New York, NY

 

Ines Weizman in conversation with Nora Akawi 

On the occasion of the launch of Dust & Data: Traces of the Bauhaus Across 100 Years by Ines Weizman

 

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The infamous Sykes-Picot line, based on a 1916 secret treaty between the UK and France, partitioned the former Ottoman Empire and established mutually agreed upon spheres of influence between the UK, France, Russia, and Italy. It served to partially define the boundaries of what we now consider to be the Middle East, and has fed an endless conflict since. Drawing upon her recently published anthology Dust & Data, Ines Weizman (in conversation with Nora Akawi) will examine the hundred-year history of international modernism across the national and settler-colonial borders of the Middle East.

 

The Sykes-Picot Agreement established not only a line but a series of structures – British and French custom houses – that were built along its borders during the height of international modernism. Of the existing custom houses today, only two are within the jurisdiction of a single state. One of these, controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was recently occupied and blown out. The other, in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, is considered a celebrated example of Bauhaus architecture, and is being converted into a hotel.

 

Using methods such as material analysis and documentation, Dust & Data includes a study of these buildings that connect them to the complex history of colonial control and occupation in the region, but also to modern architecture across Palestine and the Arab world, as well as to trans-Arabian infrastructures and routes of trade or exchange that are no more.

 

Ines Weizman is Director of the Bauhaus Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and Planning and Professor of Architectural Theory at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She is Founding Director of the Centre for Documentary Architecture (CDA). Weizman is the editor of the recently released publication Dust & Data: Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years, published with Spector Books, Leipzig (2019). In 2014, she was editor of Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence, published by Routledge. Her book Before and After: Documenting the Architecture of Disaster, co-written with Eyal Weizman, was published in the same year by Strelka Press. Weizman has also worked on exhibitions and installations such as Repeat Yourself: Loos, Law, and the Culture of the Copy, exhibited at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as solo shows at the Architecture Centre in Vienna and the Buell Center at Columbia University, New York (2013). Other research and exhibition projects include: Celltexts: Books and Other Works Produced in Prison (2008, with Eyal Weizman), first exhibited at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and The Matter of Data (2019), which was shown in Weimar and Tel Aviv, and is currently on view at the Architektur Galerie Berlin.

 

Nora Akawi is an architect based in New York City. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Her research and teaching lie at the intersections of displacement, erasure, and memory within architecture—drawing from the areas of migration and border studies, mapping practices, and archive theory. Prior to joining The Cooper Union, Nora taught urban design and history/theory at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. In 2012, she joined Columbia GSAPP and the Columbia Global Centers as Director of Studio-X Amman, a platform dedicated to advancing critical discourse in architecture in the Arab world through public programming, exhibitions, and publications, and other educational projects. Most recently, Nora curated Al Majhoola Min Al-Ard (“This Land’s Unknown”) at the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans 2019, and co-curated Friday Sermon, the Bahrain Pavilion exhibition in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial. She has co-edited books such as Friday Sermon (2018) and Architecture and Representation: The Arab City (2016). Akawi’s recently published work includes “Mapping Borderlands: Drawing From the Jawlan” in GTA Papers 2: War Zones (ETH Zürich, 2019) and “Worlding From the South” in Manifesta 12: Palermo Atlas, (OMA / Humboldt Books, 2018). Nora is a graduate of the Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture program at Columbia University (MS.CCCP, 2011).

 

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 [RSVP] الافتتاح: الخميس ٢٣ كانون الثاني ، من الساعة ٦ إلى الساعة ٨ مساءً

 

 

في مطلع عام ٢٠٢٠،أكثر من قرن بعد أن كانا كلاهما في كلية الفنون الجميلة في باريس، تلتقي مهندسة معمارية أميركية مع مؤرخ معماري فرنسي في اجتماع غير محتمل.

 

كانت جوليا مورغان ‪(١٩٥٧-١٨٧٢ )‬ أول إمرأة تدخل كلية العمارة في معهد الفنون الجميلة  في باريس لتصبح بعدها أحد أهم ممثلي حركة الفنون والحرف في كاليفورنيا. في وقت كانت فيه الحداثة في العمارة أسلوب جديد ومؤاتي، جاء تصميمها قصر هيرست في مدينة سان سيميون فخم ومعقد، استخدمت فيه عناصر زخرفية عديدة وخلطت أساليب معمارية مختلفة.    

 

 كان جول بورجوان ‪(١٩٠٨- ١٨٣٨)‬ قد أمضى الكثير من الوقت في أنحاء الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. وثق رحلاته تلك بدقة ووضوح عبر رسومات لتفاصيل معمارية وحرفية تم نشرها في العديد من الكتب منها ” الفنون العربية” و.”عناصر الفن العربي”

 

لا أحد يعلم مدى تأثير بورجوان على تلاميذه بعد عودته إلى باريس وإن كانت مورغان أحد طلابه في كلية الفنون الجميلة. “أرابيسك” معرض يخلق مساحة لدمج أعمال مورغان و بورجوان و للتساؤل عن مفاهيم الإستعارة والاستيلاء. في هذا المعرض، يقدم تابت مجموعة جديدة من الأعمال تقع ما بين حقائق تاريخية، لقاءات غير محتملة وتساؤلات حول هجرة الأفكار.

 

ريّان تابت فنان يعيش ويعمل في بيروت‪.‬  بالاعتماد على البحث الموجه، يستكشف تابت قصصًا توفر مفاهيم بديلة للأحداث الاجتماعية والسياسية الكبرى من خلال سرد فردي. استنادًا إلى دراساته في الهندسة المعمارية والنحت، يبحث عمل تابت في المفارقات في البيئة المبنية وتاريخها عن طريق المنشآت التي تعيد تكوين تصور المسافة الجسدية والزمنية. أحدث معارضه الفردية تشمل مركز والكر للفنون في مينيابوليس، متحف المتروبوليتان للفنون في نيو يورك، باراسول يونيت في لندن، كاري دار في نيم، كنستفيرين في هامبورج ومركز ويت د ويت للفن المعاصر في روتردام. شارك تابت في مانيفستا ١٢, بينالي سيدني ٢١، بينالي إسطنبول ١٥، بينالي ساو باولو ٣٢، بينالي مراكش ٦، بينالي الشارقة ١٠ و ١٢و في ترينالي النيو موزيوم الثاني.

 

دورات البناء

“أرابيسك” ثالث معرض من “دورات البناء”,برنامج مدته عام ينظر إلى عملية البناء كمكان ومنهج. هذا المعرض تحديداً يركز على مفاهيم الزخرفة والحرف للتساؤل على مفاهيم الإستعارة والاستيلا في الممارسات الحالية والتاريخية داخل بيئتنا المبنية. “أرابيسك” يأتي بعد أول معرضين في المجموعة، “هنا يعيش الناس” و”وزارة للجميع.”

 

Read more about the exhibition in English here.

Arabesque

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Rayyane Tabet

January 23rd–April 18th, 2020

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

Opening: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Press + Members Preview: 5:30 – 6 pm [RSVP]
Public Reception: 6 – 8 pm [RSVP]
 
See photos from the opening here.
 

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In 2020, an improbable meeting takes place between a young American architect and an older French architectural historian over a century after they were both at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

 

Julia Morgan (1872–1957) was the institution’s first female architecture student, and went on to become a prolific representative of the American Arts and Crafts movement in her home state of California. At a time when Modernism was coming into favor, her design for the Hearst Castle at San Simeon was grand and complex, utilizing decorative elements and mixing many architectural styles.

 

Jules Bourgoin (1838–1908) was a Paris-born professor who spent much time traveling across the Middle East and North Africa. Bourgoin’s trips were intricately documented, and his keen interest in architectural detail and ornamentation was made visible through elaborate drawings that were incorporated into publications such as Les Arts Arabes (“The Arab Arts”) and Les Eléments de l’Art Arabe (“The Elements of Arab Art”).

 

It remains unknown the impact that Bourgoin’s work had on his students, and whether Morgan—who was a master in adopting different architectural styles—actually studied under him. Arabesque creates a space where the work of Morgan and Bourgoin is juxtaposed to reflect upon notions of appropriation and context. Anchoring his explorations around these two figures, Tabet presents a new body of work that sits between historical truths, chance encounters, and the migration of ideas.

 

About the Artist

Rayyane Tabet lives and works in Beirut. Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Tabet explores stories that offer alternative understandings of major socio-political events through individual narratives. Informed by his training in architecture and sculpture, Tabet’s work investigates paradoxes in the built environment and its history by way of installations that reconstitute the perception of physical and temporal distance. His most recent and upcoming solo shows include the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Parasol Unit in London, Carré d’Art in Nîmes, Kunstverein in Hamburg, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. His work was featured in Manifesta 12, the 21st Biennale of Sydney, the 15th Istanbul Biennial, the 32nd São Paulo Biennial, the 6th Marrakech Biennale, the 10th and 12th Sharjah Biennials, and the 2nd New Museum Triennial.

 

Building Cycles

Arabesque is the third exhibition in Building Cycles, Storefront’s year-long curatorial program that examines building as both a place and a process. Focused on decoration and ornamentation, this exhibition questions existing and historical modes of practice by examining the notions of context and appropriation in our built environment. Arabesque follows the first two exhibitions in the cycle, Aquí­ vive gente and Ministry for All.

 

 

Credits

Arabesque by Rayyane Tabet. Graphic design by Morcos Key. Organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2020.

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture Team:

José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Jinny Khanduja, Deputy Director

Jessica Kwok, Gallery and Operations Manager

Kweku Addo-Atuah; Axelle Dechelette; Eduardo Meneses; Victor Ohene, Interns

 

Support

Arabesque is generously supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, and BKSK Architects.

 

 

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Arabesque is the third exhibition in Storefront for Art and Architecture’s year-long program of exhibitions and events, Building Cycles. Founding support of Building Cycles is generously provided by Linde-Griffith Construction Company and the Graham Foundation.

 

                     

    

Building Cycles has also been made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; KPF; Steven Holl Architects, WXY architecture + design; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Public Launch: Storefront’s Digital Archive

Launch Event:
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 / 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
 
Archive on View:
Thursday, December 19 – Friday, December 20 / 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
 
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
 
With presentations by Francisca Benítez, Beatriz Colomina, Farnoosh Farmer, Claudia Gould, Lauren Kogod, Parker Límon, Cosimo Pori, Tal Schori, Amie Siegel, Anthony Vidlerand Aleksandra Wagner
 
 
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On Wednesday, December 18th, Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a holiday gathering in the gallery space to celebrate the launch of our digital archive, which consists of documentation from the organization’s 37-year history in the form of historical newsprints, rare publications, foundational texts, exhibition materials, and more. The digital archive is part of an ongoing archive project that began in 2015, and has been spearheaded by Storefront’s Archive Curator, Chialin Chou.
 
At the event, key figures from Storefront’s past and present will present curated selections from the digital archive in order to resurface some of the organization’s most memorable moments since its founding. The selections are curated by: Francisca Benítez, Beatriz Colomina, Claudia Gould, Lauren Kogod, Tal Schori, Amie Siegel, Anthony Vidler, and Aleksandra Wagner.
 
From the evening of Wednesday, December 18th through the end of the day on Friday, December 20th, Storefront’s digital archive will be available to browse in the gallery space, alongside newsprints and publications from our exhibition history and artworks from past events for sale.

 

Guests are welcome to browse Storefront’s digital archive, view the online selections by guest curators who participated in the public launch of the archive, and pick up some artwork for holiday gift giving. A reminder that all members of Storefront receive 10% off of select artwork and publications. To learn more about membership, see here.

 

We invite you to toast with us to the holiday season and to Storefront’s past, history, and future of experimental and critical programming about the built environment and the ways in which we inhabit it.
 
About the Archive Project
As one of the first alternative spaces in New York City dedicated to presenting innovative and provocative work at the intersection of art and architecture, Storefront has accumulated an archive documenting its diverse and influential program of over 280 exhibitions and events dating from its founding in 1982. Featuring the work of more than 1,500 architects, artists, and designers (including Nam June PaikDan GrahamMary MissDiller + ScofidioLebbeus WoodsKiki SmithPetra BlaisseCarolee SchneemannCoop Himmelblau, and more), this material contains a collection of original artwork, as well as over 115 cubic feet of proposals, correspondence, photographs, audio-visual media, and publications that together constitute a unique and underrepresented collection of narratives in contemporary cultural production and design.
 
The goal of Storefront’s archive is to significantly improve stewardship of and public access to Storefront’s collections. As a public design resource, the archive serves as a platform for research, ongoing programming, and collaborative partnerships with other resonant collections and organizations. The organization and digitization of Storefront’s archive has been made possible through the generous support of many funders; please see below for the full list.
 
Learn more about Storefront’s archive project and access the digital archive here.
 
SUPPORT
The digitization of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s archive is made possible by a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The archive has also received generous support from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department; the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR); and Mr. Robert M. Rubin.  
 

 

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Photo: Performance A-Z, Storefront’s first program at its original location on Prince Street.

Members Event: Private Tour of the New MoMA

 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

9:30 am

 

The Museum of Modern Art

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY

 

With Charles Renfro, Partner of DS+R

 

[Members RSVP] [Become a Member]

 

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On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, Storefront will host an exclusive tour of the new Museum of Modern Art, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The renovation, which opened to the public in late October, features a new lobby, bookstore, cafe, and several gallery spaces, expanding MoMA’s layout by one-third of its previously existing space.

 

The tour will be led by Charles Renfo, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Vice President of Storefront’s Board of Directors.

 

HOW TO RSVP

 

This tour is open to members of Storefront for Architecture. Space is limited. To attend, please RSVP here by Wednesday, November 27th, 2019. 

 

If you’d like to join Storefront’s membership program in order to attend the tour, see here for more information and email membership@storefrontnews.org.

 

 

Members Event: “Celebrating Geoffrey Bawa” at Callicoon Fine Arts

 

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm 
 
Callicoon Fine Arts
49 Delancey Street, New York, NY
 
With Channa Daswatte and Sean Anderson
 
 
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On Thursday, November 21st, Storefront invites its members to participate in a guided tour and talk at Callicoon Fine Arts about Celebrating Geoffrey Bawa, a hybrid pop-up shop and exhibition dedicated to the celebrated Sri Lankan architect on the occasion of his centennial.

 

The event will include remarks by Channa Daswatte, a Sri Lankan architect and the last partner of Geoffrey Bawa’s firm whose work features prominently in the exhibition, and Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. The event will be followed by a reception with the speakers.

 

Geoffrey Bawa (1919–2003) was a well-regarded Sri Lankan architect with an eponymous firm. Bawa arrived at architecture through landscape design in his late-thirties, following a brief career in law, and studied at the Architectural Association in Britain. His union of modernity, historical memory, and design became a beacon of regional architecture. While Colombo was the center of his professional and personal life, he earned commissions for private homes there and elsewhere, including India, the Maldives, Indonesia, and Fiji. He was also recruited for local projects including hotels, banks, a police station, schools, a train station, and Sri Lanka’s Parliament Building. His work was recognized by a civil honor award by the Sri Lankan government, earning him the title Deshamanya, meaning “highly meritorious service.” He was also awarded an Aga Khan chairman’s award for a lifetime contribution to architecture.

 

Channa Daswatte (b. 1965, Colombo, Sri Lanka) is Program Advisor for Bawa 100 and founder of MICD Associates in Sri Lanka. He was the last partner of Geoffrey Bawa’s firm after joining in 1991. Channa is the Chairperson of the Galle Heritage Foundation and has worked on a number of architectural, conservation, and curatorial projects including Corridors of Power, an installation most recently included in the Dhaka Art Summit 2018. Channa authored and edited Sri Lanka Style (2005) and has written for publications including A+U and Sri Lanka Institute of Architect’s Journal. He is a trustee of the Lunuganga Trust and Chairperson of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust.

 

Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, he has degrees in architectural design and architectural history from Cornell University, an M. Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. His book, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea, was published in 2015 and was nominated for the AIFC Bridge Book Award for Non-Fiction. At MoMA, he has organized the exhibition Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016).

 

Callicoon Fine Arts is located at 49 Delancey Street between Forsyth and Eldridge Streets. The nearest subway stops are the B and D trains at Grand Street and the F, J, M and Z trains at Delancey-Essex Street.

 

HOW TO RSVP
 
This event is open to members of Storefront for Architecture. To attend, please RSVP here by Thursday, November 21st, 2019. A wine reception will follow the event.
 
If you’d like to join Storefront’s membership program in order to attend the discussion, see here for more information and email membership@storefrontnews.org.
 
Read more about the exhibition here.

Letters to the Mayor: Berlin

Letters to the Mayor: Berlin

November 15th, 2019 – February 2nd, 2020 

Deutsches Architektur Zentrum – DAZ

Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6, 10179 Berlin, Germany

 

Opening Reception: Friday, November 15th at 7 pm

 

#letterstothemayor     #letterstothemayorberlin     @storefrontnyc

 

Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Berlin as part of the global project Letters to the Mayor in collaboration with the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum (DAZ). Each iteration presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city.

 

Letters to the Mayor: Berlin invites architects to write to the Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller. On the evening of Friday, November 15th, there will be an opening reception with Mayor Müller and select participants of the exhibition discussing the state of architecture and the built environment in Berlin. All members of the public are invited to attend.

 

Participants

Esra Akcan, Aristide Antonas, Berk Asal, Yıldız Aslandoğan, Thomas Baecker, Matthias Ballestrem, Christophe Barlieb, Caro Baumann, Eike Becker, Uwe Becker, Verena von Beckerath, Sally Below, Helga Blocksdorf, Christine Bock, Friedrich von Borries, Chris Bosse, Malte von Braun, Benita Braun- Feldweg, Winfried Brenne, Jessica Bridger, Roger Bundschuh, Marius Busch, Nils Buschmann, Vanessa Miriam Carlow, Sam Carvalho, Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Jason Danziger, Christopher Dell, Dan Dorocic, Jan Edler, Tim Edler, Christine Edmaier, Franziska Eidner, Mascha Fehse, Kristin Feireiss, Lukas Feireiss, Jesko Fezer, Laura Fogarasi-Ludloff, Tom Friedrich, Jörg H. Gleiter, Bettina Götz, Nicholas Green, Heike Hanada, Saskia Hebert, Rainer Hehl, Mathias Heinz, Susanne Hofmann, Gerd Jäger, Helmut Jahn, Thomas Kaup, Theresa Keilhacker, Gabriele Kiefer, Erhard An-He Kinzelbach, Jan Kleihues, Julia Klink, Bettina Kraus, Thomas Kröger, Lars Krückeberg, Anupama Kundoo, Michael LaFond, Hilde Léon, Jens Ludloff, Michael Maginness, Ton Matton, Jeannette Merker, Tanaz Modabber, Stephen K. Molloy, Ingrid Moye, Ulrich Müller, Walter Nägeli, Anika Neubauer, Johannes Novy, Philipp Oswalt, Erica Overmeer, Klaus Overmeyer, Lukas Pappert, Markus Penell, Sofia Petersson, Joanne Pouzenc, Wolfram Putz, Alexander Rieck, Jacob van Rijs, Alexander Römer, Gunnar Rönsch, Eike Roswag-Klinge, Ines-Ulrike Rudolph, Ingrid Sabatier, Gudrun Sack, Johannes Schele, Gabi Schillig, Moritz Schloten, Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz, Joachim Schultz-Granberg, Stephan Schwarz, Alex Schweder, Max Schwitalla, Annelie Seemann, Rafi Segal, Johanna Sonnenburg, Maayan Strauss, Leonard Streich, Tilmann Teske, Lisa Tiedje, Katrin Voermanek, Petra Vondenhof- Anderhalten, Martin Voss, Tobias Wallisser, Thomas Willemeit, Peter Wilson, Lena Wimmer, Imke Woelk, Lennart Wolff, Ana Zatezalo Schenk, Christoph Zeller

 

PROJECT TEAM

 

Local Curators

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Wallpaper, Mayoral Desk, and Architect’s Table Design

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ABOUT LETTERS TO THE MAYOR

 

Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 18 cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others. 

 

Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.

 

Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked. 

 

Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.

 

2019 Friends + Family Membership Dinner

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Monday, October 28th, 2019

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare, New York, NY, 7-11 pm

 

#membershipdinner     @storefrontnyc

 

Each fall, Storefront brings together 100 established and emerging voices in art, architecture, design, and planning for its annual Friends + Family Membership Dinner. This year, we celebrate the arrival of our Executive Director and Chief Curator, José Esparza Chong Cuy, and the launch of our new curatorial program, Building Cycles. 
 
The dinner will take place within the second exhibition of Building Cycles, Ministry for All, which presents the work of architect Carla Juaçaba and artist Marcelo Cidade.
 
Storefront’s membership family supports our unique mission and allows us to continue to develop innovative public programming at the intersection of art, architecture, and design. To join, renew, or upgrade your membership, contact us at membership@storefrontnews.org.
 
See photos from past dinners here.

 

Reserved Seating

 

Join us by becoming a member of Storefront at the Action Benefactor level or aboveTo become an Action Benefactor member or upgrade your membership in order to join us, please contact us at 212.431.5795 or membership@storefrontnews.org

 

Current members: to reserve a seat, please RSVP. 

 

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 

 

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BUILDING CYCLES PATRON

Linde-Griffith Construction Company

 

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CURRENT MEMBERS

 

Visionary Dual Alternative Supporter 
Arup Caitlin Blanchfield and Farzin Lotfi-Jam

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Ana Castella and Max von Werz

Lauren Kogod and David Smiley

N H D M

Kohn Pedersen Fox

Obra Architects
ODA Pernilla Ohrstedt

Robert M. Rubin

Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
  Joan Scott, D2 Groups

Dual Action Benefactor 

Adam Snow Frampton and Karolina Czeczek
Diana Agrest and Mario Gandelsonas  

Dillon Cohen and Katie Holten

Alternative Supporter 

Bernardo Faría and Georgiana Rothier

Mercedes Armillas

Steven Holl Architects

Basile Baudez
Leong Leong Bryce Beckwith
Studio Libeskind Peter Best

SO-IL

Brett Beyer

Anthony Vidler and Emily Apter

Matthew Celmer
  Kamilla Csegzi

Action Benefactor 

Glen Cummings
Abrons Family Foundation

Felecia Davis

The Architect’s Newspaper Kevin W. Davis
Bluedge Peggy Deamer
Bromley Caldari Architects  Neil Donnelly
Maddy Burke-Vigeland Peter Dumbadze
Stephen Cassell Keller Easterling
Beatriz Colomina Christopher Felts
Sharon Davis Gideon Fink Shapiro
Michelle Dilello Saul Fisher
Mark Fletcher Lukas Fitze
Gluckman Tang Architects Dan Graham
Molly Heintz Jerome Haferd
Knippers Helbig Larissa Harris
Caroline Hirsch Noushin Jafari
Peter Hochschild Brandt Knapp
Jon S. Hogden Arianne Kouri
Tracey Hummer Kengo Kuma

Mary Margaret Jones

Laura Kurgan
LevenBetts Michael Maltzan Architecture
Stephen Moser Kate Nation
Pentagram Carrie Norman
Alex Polier Katerina Paitazoglou
William Prince Emily Rauh Pulitzer 
Paul Richert-Garcia Peterson Rich Office
Annabelle Selldorf Adam Poinsett-Hall
SPAN Architecture Mark Rakatansky
Nader Tehrani Jacob Reidel
David van der Leer Alan Ruiz
D’juro Villaran-Rokovich Tal Schori
WEISS/MANFREDI David Shane
Mark Wigley Tyler Smith
  Michael Sorkin
Small Firm  Noah Steffes
Architecture at Large Joseph Tapia
Edwin Chan Ioanna Theocharopoulou 
inc_a Ryan Thomas
Jean-Louis Cohen Olga Touloumi
Marilys Downey John Trent Bromley
Belmont Freeman Architects Mar Urrestarazu
Claudia Gould Renee Viola
Susan Grant Lewin und_LLC
Deana Haggag Bettina Zerza
Andrew Philip Heid  
LOT-EK Emerging Supporter 
Magnusson Architecture and Planning Nohar Barnea 
Joeb Moore Lluis Alexandre Casanovas Blanco 
New Affiliates Stephanie Boyer
Once-Future Office Taylor Brophy
SOFTlab Johannes Knoopes
Irene Sunwoo Christian Mason
Bernard Tschumi and Kate Linker Manuela Paz
WXY architecture + urban design Dennis Rijkhoff
  Benjamin Sirota
Radical + Beyond  Alison Snyder
Luis M. Castañeda Two Points Films
Anne Rieselbach and Grant Marani  
W. Gavin Robb  
Aleksandra Wagner  

 

 

STOREFRONT MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

 

ACTION BENEFACTOR

 

$1,000 individual / $1800 dual (for two individuals at the same address)

 

  • One invitation (2 for dual) to Storefront’s annual 100-person Membership Dinner in our gallery space
  • Invitations to private Storefront exhibition receptions
  • Three invitations to press and member previews of all exhibition openings at Storefront
  • Three invitations to a members-only curator led tour of each of Storefront’s exhibitions
  • Three invitations to members-only programming, including tours, discussions, screenings, drinks, dinners, and more with emerging and established voices in art and architecture
  • Passes and invitations to select architecture and art fairs
  • A complimentary copy of the Storefront Newsprints book
  • Guaranteed seating at Storefront events
  • Mailed copy of each of Storefront’s exhibition and program newsprints
  • Access to Storefront’s archives
  • Acknowledgment and listing on Storefront’s website and publications
  • 50% off of Storefront competition registration fees
  • 20% off of Storefront publications and books for sale in the gallery space

 

VISIONARY

 

$5000 Individual or Corporate

 

  • Ability to host one private event in Storefront’s gallery space per year
  • Private curator-led tours of each of Storefront’s exhibitions for friends, clients, colleagues, and/or staff
  • Two invitations to Storefront’s annual 100-person Membership Dinner in the gallery space
  • Invitations to private Storefront exhibition receptions
  • Unlimited invitations to press and member previews of all exhibition openings at Storefront
  • Unlimited invitations to a members-only curator led tour of each of Storefront’s exhibitions
  • Five invitations to members-only programming, including tours, discussions, screenings, drinks, dinners, and more with emerging and established voices in art and architecture
  • Passes and invitations to select architecture and art fairs
  • A complimentary copy of each newly released Storefront publication, as well as the Storefront Newsprints book
  • Guaranteed seating at Storefront events
  • Mailed copy of each of Storefront’s exhibition and program newsprints
  • Acknowledgment on Storefront’s website, emails, print invitations, newsprints, and gallery wall text for all exhibitions and programs
  • 50% off of Storefront competition registration fees
  • 20% off of Storefront publications and books for sale in the gallery space

Ministry for All

 

Graphic design by Estudio Campo. 

Photos by Marcel Gautherot, collection of Instituto Moreira Salles. 

Ministry for All

Carla Juaçaba and Marcelo Cidade

September 21st–December 14th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

 

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Buildings are often positioned as beacons of progress and symbols of growth and power. Their foundations, dug solidly into the earth, aim to give shape to new visions for future social ideals and to frame the identities of the territories in which they are located.

 

Ministry for All takes its title from the monumental work of civic buildings by architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012) that once stood as an emblem of social, political, and economic development in what would be Brazil’s new capital, Brasilia. Built between 1956-1960, the city was laid out in an open plan by architect Lucio Costa (1902-1998) to be a modern utopia in which all aspects of life had a distinct space, and all buildings had an explicit agenda.

 

As the new seat of the nation, Brasilia’s central district incorporated grandiose structures: a congressional house, a cathedral, a presidential residence, and the Esplanade of Ministries, which consists of a series of seventeen colossal concrete edifices that flank the Monumental Axis, the city’s central avenue. While the Niemeyer/Costa plan for Brasilia erected formal structures imbued with a sense of stability, the composition and nature of the Ministries changes from one administration to another, and their reconfiguration is often used as a political tool by those holding the country’s highest office. The physical presence of the structures remains constant, yet what occurs inside of them is perpetually in flux, ultimately shaping and influencing the social order.

 

Ministry for All pairs architect Carla Juaçaba (Rio de Janeiro, 1976) and artist Marcelo Cidade (São Paulo, 1979) in an indirect collaboration that exposes the physical infrastructures of Storefront’s gallery space in order to comment on the social and political foundations of the built environment. This site-specific installation, created entirely with Storefront’s existing infrastructural elements, undresses the gallery’s iconic facade to acknowledge the theatricality and vulnerability of architecture.

 

Juaçaba’s simple gesture of removing the facade’s concrete panels reveals the inner workings of the building. Its cladding is no longer on view from the outside; instead, construction materials such as insulation foam and plywood boards are exposed. By rendering these infrastructural components visible, Juaçaba’s intervention reflects upon the foundations that underlie systems of power. Cidade brings the concrete panels to the gallery’s interior, rearranging them to create new spaces, forms, and interactions. This layered installation extrudes the facade inward and allows visitors to walk through it, providing a different reading of its panels now that they are no longer performing their intended function. The artist repurposes the gallery’s protective shell, with its cracks, dirt marks, and graffiti, into a composition that alters the space, shifting the order of what we consider to be inside and outside, or public and private. 

 

Acknowledging the limits of architecture can provide important lessons about how spaces come to be used differently from their stated intentions. Although exposing what buildings are made of might make them seem vulnerable, in recognizing their fragility we are reminded that it is the users who make them perform.

 

Together, Juaçaba and Cidade’s collaboration serves as a conceptual and poetic critique on the resilience of architecture that ultimately asks a crucial question for the future of Brazil and other societies around the world: how do we build social and political systems that work for all?

 

About the Collaborators

Carla Juaçaba is a Rio de Janeiro-based architect with an office focusing on design practice and research for both public and private projects, including housing and cultural programs. Her design projects include the Atelier House, Rio Bonito House, Veranda House, and Santa Teresa House, along with exhibition design work for numerous exhibition. A notable recent project is Juaçaba’s ephemeral Pavilion Humanidade 2012 for Rio+20, which was created in collaboration with theater director Bia Lessa. Juaçaba has lectured at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Academia di Architettura Mendrisio, among others. In 2013, Juaçaba won the first edition of the ArcVision Women and Architecture international prize, and in 2018, she was awarded the AREA Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award. Juaçaba participated in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial, where she presented the project BALLAST, and was also commissioned to design a chapel for the Holy See Pavilion.

 

Marcelo Cidade was born in 1979 in São Paulo, where he currently lives and works. Cidade creates work that confronts social issues in the urban context, bringing signs and situations from the street into art spaces. He has a particular interest in the public space of cities and the technological and social implications of surveillance states. Cidade’s work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at: Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia, São Paulo, Galleria Continua, Italy; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Furini Arte Contemporanea, Rome; and Centro Cultural São Paulo. Cidade’s works also feature in many public collections, such as Fundação Serralves; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu de Arte de São Paulo; Tate Modern; Kadist Art Foundation; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo; and the Bronx Museum.

 

Building Cycles

Ministry for All is the second exhibition in Building Cycles, Storefront’s year-long curatorial program that examines building as both a place and a process. Emphasizing infrastructure as a crucial step of construction, this exhibition conceptually questions architecture’s foundations and links them to broader social infrastructures. Ministry for All follows the first exhibition in the cycle, Aqui vive gente, which engaged in observation and site analysis informed by community needs and desires.

 

 

Credits

Ministry for All by Carla Juaçaba and Marcelo Cidade. Graphic design by Estudio Campo. Presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2019. 

 

Presented by Storefront for Art and Architecture

José Esparza Chong Cuy, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Jinny Khanduja, Deputy Director

Jessica Kwok, Gallery and Operations Manager

Patrick Jaojoco, Development and Communications Associate

Iara Pimenta, Curatorial Fellow

Chialin Chou, Archive Curator

Interns: Ramses Gonzalez, Hana Halilaj, Adela Locsin, Caroline Koh Smith, Ipek Kosova, Brian Sing, Eduardo Meneses, Karen Wang

 

Support

Pro-bono support for this exhibition is provided by Front Inc. and Thornton Tomasetti.

 

 

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Ministry for All is the second exhibition in Storefront for Art and Architecture’s year-long program of exhibitions and events, Building Cycles. Founding support of Building Cycles is generously provided by Linde-Griffith Construction Company and the Graham Foundation.

 

                          

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; KPF; ODA; Rockwell Group; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Convocatoria abierta de ideas – Museo de Historia y Comunidad de Puerta de Tierra

 

To read about the call in English, click here.

 

¿Cómo podemos imaginar un museo que sirve a su comunidad? ¿Cómo podemos crear nuevas lecturas sobre el papel de la institución cultural y su función pública?

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture y Taller Creando Sin Encargos anuncian una convocatoria abierta de ideas para reimaginar el histórico Edificio Infanzón, ubicado en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El edificio, que lleva abandonado más de dos décadas, está planeado para ser la sede permanente del Museo de Historia y Comunidad de Puerta de Tierra (MHC PDT). 

 

Este llamado para recibir propuestas es una extensión de la exposición Aquí vive gente de Brigada Puerta de Tierra, presentada en la galería de Storefront del 1 de junio al 7 de septiembre de 2019. La exposición es la primera presentación pública del naciente MHC PDT, cuya misión es “afirmar, cuidar y continuar con orgullo y dignidad la trayectoria histórica cultural de barrio a través de la participación comunitaria, y preservar el patrimonio y la memoria colectiva de Puerta de Tierra.”

 

La convocatoria tiene el objetivo de apoyar a Brigada Puerta de Tierra, un colectivo comunitario y grupo activista que trabaja con artistas, jóvenes y residentes del barrio de Puerta de Tierra en su misión de convertir el Edificio Infanzón en el MHC PDT. Desde 2016, el colectivo ha estado trabajando con la comunidad de Puerta de Tierra para limpiar, restaurar y preservar el edificio para este uso.

 

¿Cómo funciona?

El MHC PDT es una iniciativa autogestionada que utiliza estrategias horizontales para hacer comunidad e imaginar un centro comunitario vibrante para la gente de Puerta de Tierra. La convocatoria refleja los valores de la comunidad y los principios de organización de Brigada Puerta de Tierra, el grupo que inició el proyecto.

 

Este es un llamado para todos: arquitectos y diseñadores, artistas y activistas, niños y adultos y cualquiera que quiera compartir su creatividad con propuestas para adaptar, revitalizar y reimaginar un espacio de preservación cultural junto con los residentes de Puerta de Tierra. La convocatoria busca ideas para transformar el Edificio Infanzón en el Museo de Historia y Comunidad de Puerta de Tierra, imaginando el edificio más allá de su estado actual y presentando ideas para albergar la colección del museo, así como espacios para reuniones y talleres comunitarios.

 

Las propuestas pueden ser dibujos detallados, collages conceptuales, manifiestos visuales o provocaciones gráficas que cuestionen el papel del museo. Las presentaciones exitosas despertarán la imaginación colectiva sobre el futuro del museo y generarán respuestas que están en diálogo con las necesidades de la comunidad de Puerta de Tierra. Se priorizará la visión y la creatividad sobre las habilidades profesionales, y las propuestas seleccionadas reflejarán una mezcla de proyectos recibidos, tanto de miembros de la comunidad de Puerta de Tierra como de otras personas interesadas en la convocatoria.

 

Las propuestas recibidas serán expuestas en San Juan, y la comunidad de Puerta de Tierra seleccionará los tres proyectos que mejor se alineen con su visión para el el uso del Edificio Infanzón. Los autores de las propuestas seleccionadas serán invitados a refinar sus proyectos con la ayuda de asesores invitados, locales e internacionales, quienes ofrecerán comentarios y sugerencias. 

 

Los tres proyectos finalistas serán presentados por los mismos autores en la Asamblea Building Cycles, un encuentro de gran escala que se llevará a cabo durante el verano de 2020 y que marca la culminación del año de programación de Storefront. 

 

Final proposals will be presented by their creators at the Building Cycles Assembly, a large-scale gathering in the summer of 2020 that marks the culmination of Storefront’s year-long series of exhibitions and public events. Adicionalmente, estas propuestas se publicarán en las plataformas digitales de Storefront y en medios asociados locales e internacionales.

 

Sobre los asesores

Storefront for Art and Architecture y Taller Creando Sin Encargos han invitado a un grupo de asesores multidisciplinarios cuyo trabajo engloba temas comunitarios, planeación urbana, historia y trabajo institucional con un enfoque en el contexto de Puerta de Tierra y de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Más información sobre los asesores se anunciará próximamente. 

 

Calendario  

Septiembre 6, 2019: Anuncio de la convocatoria abierta

Diciembre 20, 2019: Fecha límite para entregar propuestas

Febrero 2020: Exposición pública de todas las propuestas recibidas en San Juan, Puerto Rico

Marzo 2020: Anuncio de tres proyectos seleccionados por la comunidad

Marzo – Julio 2020:  Talleres con asesores para los tres proyectos seleccionados 

Agosto 2020: Presentación de proyectos seleccionados en la Asamblea Building Cycles en Nueva York. 

 

Materiales solicitados

Los participantes deberán enviar los siguientes materiales: 

 

  • Póster: Un documento tamaño póster en formato A1 (594 x 841 mm o 23.4 x 33.1 in) que comunique los conceptos principales del proyecto. Es importante considerar que los pósters se presentarán públicamente en versión impresa en San Juan, Puerto Rico para el proceso de selección comunitaria. 
  • Imágenes: 3-7 imágenes adicionales que representen el proyecto. Las imágenes pueden ser dibujos, renders, collages, pinturas, fotografías, etc. 
  • Concepto: Un breve texto en inglés o español indicando las ideas principales del proyecto y describiendo las estrategias propuestas para transformar el edificio actual en un museo. Puede incluir ideas para espacios de exposición y áreas para talleres y programas comunitarios. (Máximo 500 palabras).

 

Materiales de apoyo

Leer más sobre el Edificio Infanzón aquí.

 

El Edificio Infanzón está ubicado en la esquina de Calle San Agustín con Tadeo Rivera. Ver aquí el Google Street View del edificio. Para imágenes de la limpieza y el estado actual del Edificio Infanzón, presione aquí.

 

Información para enviar propuestas

Correo electrónico (Preferido): Las propuestas deberán ser enviadas en tres archivos PDF separados a competitions@storefrontnews.org indicando “Convocatoria abierta de ideas – MHC PDT – [Título del proyecto]” en la línea de asunto. Cada archivo deberá ser de 5 MB máximo. Favor de titular archivos de la siguiente manera: 

1. Póster: [Título del proyecto_Póster]

2. Imágenes (en un archivo PDF): [Título del proyecto_Imágenes]

3. Concepto: [Título del proyecto_Concepto]

 

Correo postal: Favor de enviar todo el material solicitado en un solo paquete a la dirección indicada abajo. Favor de incluir en el paquete la dirección de remitente y un documento indicando su nombre y contacto (teléfono y/o email). 

 

Brigada Puerta de Tierra

Falansterio, Apt. N-9

Puerta de Tierra

San Juan, PR 00901

 

Para recibir noticias y actualizaciones sobre la convocatoria abierta, regístrese aquí.

 

¿Preguntas? Mandar email a competitions@storefrontnews.org.