José Esparza Chong Cuy Appointed Executive Director and Chief Curator

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New York, NY — After an extensive international search, Storefront for Art and Architecture announces the appointment of José Esparza Chong Cuy as the organization’s next Executive Director and Chief Curator. He will assume the position on November 1st, 2018.

 

An architect, curator, and writer originally from Mexico, José Esparza Chong Cuy arrives to Storefront from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), where he has served as the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the since 2016. Prior to his time in Chicago, Esparza Chong Cuy was Associate Curator at Museo Jumex in Mexico City, Co-Curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, Contributing Editor at Domus magazine, Research Fellow at the New Museum, and Curatorial Associate at Storefront for Art and Architecture.

 

Charles Renfro, President of Storefront’s Board of Directors, remarked:

 

“We are thrilled to welcome José to the helm of Storefront, the very institution where he began his curatorial career over a decade ago. Since then, he has established himself as an innovative thinker working across disciplines in some of North America’s most prestigious cultural institutions. José’s rigor and insight will reinforce Storefront’s role as a crucial and necessary platform at the intersection of art and architecture. Through his background and experiences in Mexico, the US, and globally, he embodies the broad perspectives that Storefront has become known for, bringing a critical voice to contemporary issues at every scale—from local and regional to national and international. We are excited to have him lead the vision for Storefront’s future.”

 

At the MCA, Esparza Chong Cuy most recently organized a major exhibition of the museum’s collection to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Among other projects, he curated solo exhibitions of works by Tania Pérez Córdova and Mika Horibuchi, and organized a major commission by Federico Herrero. He is currently organizing a solo exhibition of Jonathas de Andrade; a major retrospective of the work of Lina Bo Bardi, co-organized and co-curated with the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and Museo Jumex; and a show of recent acquisitions he brought into the MCA’s collection. He will continue to oversee these exhibitions as curator.

 

Prior to his current position, while serving as Associate Curator at Museo Jumex in Mexico City, Esparza Chong Cuy worked with artists and architects such as Alexandra Bachzetsis, LANZA Atelier, N.A.A.F.I, Pedro Reyes, and Pedro & Juana, among others. At Museo Jumex, he launched an exhibition series entitled Pasajeros and co-curated its first two editions featuring Jerzy Grotowski and Esther McCoy.

 

In 2013, as Co-Curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, he commissioned major works by Frida Escobedo and Andrés Jaque. From 2007-2012, he lived and worked in New York City, where he held positions at Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and Domus magazine. Esparza Chong Cuy holds a Master of Science in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Esparza Chong Cuy, about his return to Storefront and appointment as its next leader, says:

 

“Storefront for Art and Architecture has shaped me both personally and professionally in more ways that I can convey. It was a launching pad for my career, and it is a true honor and privilege to be a part of its future. Storefront is an extraordinarily rare and experimental institution that has pushed curatorial boundaries by working explicitly at the intersection of art and architecture. Throughout the years, its founding mission has created and produced unique perspectives and understandings of the built environment to a broad range of audiences. Through my directorship, I will strive to carry on this legacy by continuing to build bridges across contexts and disciplines, and to provide new tools to navigate the complex world we live in.”

 

José Esparza Chong Cuy’s appointment follows the leadership of Eva Franch i Gilabert—who left the organization to become the Director of the Architectural Association in London earlier this year—Joseph Grima, Sarah Herda, Shirin Nishat, and Kyong Park. 

 
To view the full press release for the appointment, click here. If you would like to arrange an interview with José Esparza Chong Cuy or cover his appointment, please contact Interim Director Jinny Khanduja at jk@storefrontnews.org or 212-431-5795.
 
We are pleased to introduce Esparza Chong Cuy to Storefront’s community at our annual Membership Dinner on Tuesday, October 9th from 7-11 pm. To join us in welcoming him, become a member of Storefront at the Action Benefactor level or above. To become a member, upgrade your membership level, or RSVP as an existing member to join us, contact Patrick Jaojoco at pj@storefrontnews.org.

Letters to the Mayor: Lima

Letters to the Mayor: Lima

October 12th, 2018 – November 5th, 2018 

In collaboration with the Patronato Cultural del Peru

Museo de la Nación, Sala Nasca

 

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Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Lima in collaboration with the Patronato Cultural del Peru and curators Ernesto Apolaya Canales, Claudio Cuneo Raffo and Jorge Sánchez Herrera as part of the global project, Letters to the Mayor. Each iteration of Letters to the Mayor presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city.

 

Letters to the Mayor: Lima invites architects to write to the future mayor of Lima. Mayoral elections will happen on October 7th, 2018.

 

Participants

51-1, Asociación Homogéneos, Michele Albanelli and Carmen Omonte, Claudia Amico and Javiera Infante, Javier Artadi, José Luis Beingolea, Gonzalo Benavides, Rodolfo Bocanegra, Boom Arquitectos, CCC – Cordinadora de Ia Ciudad, Luis Calvet, José Canziani, Cheng + Franco Arquitectos, Jean Pierre Crousse and Sandra Barclay, Santiago A. Dammert, Belen Desmaison, Diacritica, Juan Carlos Doblado, Francis Espino, Esteoeste, Cynthia Estremadoyro, Aldo Facho Dede, Carlos Alberto Fernandez Dávila, Solangel Fernandez, Eduardo Figari, Manuel Flores, Jose Garcia Calderon, Mauricio Gilbonio, Ricardo Huanqui, Vincent Juillerat, K+M Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Hannah Klug, Gary Leggett, Lima Como Vamos, Llona Zamora, Llosa & Cortegana Arquitectos, Luis Longhi, Ángeles Maqueira, Ricardo Martin de Rossi, Rodrigo Martínez, Elio Martuccelli, Metha Arquitectos, Jitka Molnarova, Octavio Montestruque, Mutuo, Jose Orrego, Paulo Osorio, Poggione + Biondi Arquitectos, Karina Puente, Alfredo Queirolo, Luis Rodriguez Rivero, Sofia Rodriguez Larrain, Roman Bauer Arquitectos, Eduardo Ruiz-Huidobro, Elia Saez Giraldez, Sandra Salles, Marc Samaniego, Cynthia Seinfeld and Juan Manuel Parra, Luis Solari, José Carlos Soldevilla, Matteo Stiglich, Karen Takano, Territorial RLC, Jose Antonio Vallarino, Pablo Vega Centeno, Vicca Verde, Humberto Viccina, V.oid, Luisa Yupa

 

PROJECT TEAM

 

Local Curators

Ernesto Apolaya Canales, Claudio Cuneo Raffo and Jorge Sánchez Herrera

 

Mayoral Desk and Wallpaper Design

Sandra Nakamura

 

Graphic Design

Arturo Higa

 

Production Assistant

Diana Gobitz Guanilo

 

ABOUT LETTERS TO THE MAYOR

 

Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays 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 Bogotá, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others. See here for a list of iterations.  

 

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 addressed this responsibility by navigating 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 political role of the architect has often been relegated to providing answers to questions that others have asked.

 

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

2018 Annual Membership Dinner

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare, New York, NY

 

SEE PHOTOS OF THE DINNER HERE

 

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Each fall, 100 established and emerging voices in art, architecture, design, philanthropy, and development come together for Storefront’s annual Membership DinnerThis year’s dinner is presented in partnership with MOLD Magazine, whose experimental view on the future of food design will help us reflect on humanity’s essential relationship with bacteria.  

 

Hosted within the exhibition, Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City, the dinner will feature a microbial menu created in partnership with Methods & Madness, as well as limited release ciders from Austin Eastciders, specialty cocktails featuring RISE Kombucha and Revel Tequila, participatory artwork by Moira Williams, bacterial giveaways, and a special announcement about Storefront’s future.

  

Reserved Seating

 

Storefront’s annual Membership Dinners are open to members contributing at the Action Benefactor level or aboveTo become an Action Benefactor member or upgrade your membership in order to join us, please contact Patrick Jaojoco at 212.431.5795 or pj@storefrontnews.org

 

Current members: to reserve a seat, please RSVP. 

 

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

 

 

WITH SUPPORT FROM

 

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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

2017 Annual Membership Dinner

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare, New York, NY

 

SEE PHOTOS OF THE DINNER HERE.

 

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Storefront’s annual membership dinner brought together 100 of the organization’s highest level members, which include many celebrated and innovative voices in art, architecture, design, philanthropy, and urban development, at Storefront’s iconic gallery space, designed by Steven Holl and Vito Acconci in 1993. 

 

The dinner took place during Souvenirs: New New York Icons, the second iteration of Storefront’s model show, commissions 59+ objects that redefine New York’s iconic imagery. Inspired by each of the city’s Community Districts, more than 59 artists, architects, and designers have reimagined the referential images that constitute the global perception of the city, proposing new understandings of the urban experience. Souvenirs’ exhibition design was by MOS Architects, with graphic design by Studio Lin.

 

Reserved Seating

 

Storefront’s annual Membership Dinners are open to members contributing at the Action Benefactor level or aboveTo become an Action Benefactor member, in order to join us next year, please contact Patrick Jaojoco at 212.431.5795 or pj@storefrontnews.org

Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City

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SUBCULTURE: MICROBIAL METRICS AND THE MULTI-SPECIES CITY

 

Kevin SlavinElizabeth HénaffThe Living (David Benjamin, John Locke, Danil Nagy, Damon Lau, Dale Zhao, Ray Wang, Jim Stoddart, Lorenzo Villaggi)

 

In collaboration with Evan Eisman Company

 

September 19th, 2018 – January 12th, 2019

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

Exhibition Opening:

September 18th, 2018

Press and Members Preview: 6 pm – 7 pm [RSVP]

Public Opening: 7 pm – 9 pm

 

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What are the microbial metrics of our urban spaces?

 

The species that occupy our cities are much more abundant and diverse than we know. The “Tree of Life” — an index of all biological organisms on earth — indicates that 99% of all life on earth is invisible to the human eye, both unnamed and unnoticed. Archaea and bacteria dominate the genetic weight of nature, consisting of everything from pathogens that give us the flu, to microbes that raise plants from soil.

 

Unicellular organisms exist at the bottoms of oceans, in subzero environments, and even in radioactive exclusion zones. In our cities, microbial ecologies are uniquely complex. Cities are filled with people, and these people are in turn filled with billions and trillions of microorganisms.

 

Over the past decade, this notion has become familiar through the popularization of the so-called “human microbiome,” a unique microbiological ecology in the gut of people. But does New York have a gut biome? Is it different from the gut biome of Tokyo? Lagos? Hyderabad? Is the gut biome of Soho distinct from the gut biome of Jackson Heights? How does diversity, demographic and microbial, affect medical, social, and even interpersonal outcomes for the people who live in each city?

 

The “culture of cleanliness” around health and domestic spaces has framed microbes as pathogens, disease agents to be avoided and repelled at all costs. From the chemical sanitization of sheetrock to the controlled acidity of concrete in new construction, thousands of anti-microbial decisions are compounded in the design and policy of our cities, undermining the importance and actual presence of legitimate bacterial diversity in our urban lives.

 

Until recently, it’s been impossible to understand exactly what’s around us, inside us, and always under our feet. But recent advances in a field called metagenomics allow us to extract genetic “fingerprints” of microorganisms that we can’t otherwise track, and to shepherd a new understanding of the value of microorganisms, rather than an interest in eliminating them.

 

Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City uses this new understanding to reframe the value of the urban landscape around us. The exhibition brings together work in biology, data science, material science, and design to flip the notion of a “healthy” city on its sterile head. An active metagenomic sequencing laboratory in Storefront’s gallery space explores the invisible ecologies of our built environment, provoking deeper analysis of the character and evolution of the abundant genetic landscape of our cities.

 

Ultimately, Subculture questions the common perceptions of our interactions with the microscopic world, providing insight into the future of design. It proposes future-oriented practices of data collection and interpretation that can produce new modes of environmental perception. The installation in the gallery space, along with the scientific analysis of various sites across the city, gives us a model to broaden our realm of inquiry, pushing for greater resilience, diversity, and responsiveness of the urban fabric, and arguing that the collective future is a lot more collective than any of us can see or imagine.

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ABOUT THE INSTALLATION

 

Subculture utilizes the technological innovations of small-scale genetic sequencing devices to transform Storefront’s gallery space into an active “urban metagenomic sensor.” As a living environment and analytic laboratory, it collects, extracts, sequences, and analyzes the microbial life of its immediate environment.

 

As a sensing device, the façade of Storefront’s gallery space is supplemented by a simple bio-receptive material: wood. Previously a living host for species such as beetles, worms, fungi, and bacteria, wood—even in its inert state as a building material—is a well-suited home for microbial life due to its molecular composition and its micro and macro shapes.

 

During the course of the exhibition, accreted genetic material will be extracted from bio-receptive wooden tiles installed on Storefront’s façade and in particular sites across New York City.

 

The materials, exposed directly to their environments, will undergo an extraction and analysis process designed to indicate the metabolic functions of their geographically-specific microbiome. The microscopic interactions with the built environment may reveal information about the origins, actions, and destinations of the humans and animals in the neighborhood, the pollutants present in the air, and potentially entirely new frameworks yet to be understood.

 

All of the material choices selected for a given microbiome (and the characteristics of common materials that affect microorganisms, such as texture and pH) are not readily visible to humans. A seemingly flat surface might be riddled with microscopic mountains and valleys. A texture rough to our touch may not present relief when observed at the micro scale. How do we design materials that aim to host these microorganisms, taking into account the sensibilities and needs of multiple species?

 

Subculture provides insight into these challenges. The gallery space is divided into three zones:

        MODELS: an introductory area that frames the ideas and issues of microbial scale and species in our cities
        METRICS: a working laboratory that features the equipment and processes used in metagenomics experiments
        MAPS: a space of real-time analysis and visualization of the data gathered in the exhibition, revealing specific species and functions

 

On the facade, wood tiles cut from standard lumber are deliberately eroded through sandblasting at various depths. Unlike milling or cutting, sandblasting enhances the variation in wood by eroding soft areas and leaving behind hard areas, revealing the unique characteristics of each piece of wood.

 

The tiles are assembled on the panels of Storefront’s facade, forming a pattern of diverse microclimates. Each microclimate has distinct grains and knots that form different pockets of shade and moisture, collecting and hosting microbes throughout the duration of the exhibition. These microbes are present in the micro texture on the surface of the wood, through deep channels in the wood grain, and through twisting fins that serve as a filter for air passing between the exterior and interior of the gallery.

 

Eschewing our common modes of cleanliness and sterility, the façade installation provokes us to think of buildings as complex and living. How do we transform that which is inert, flat, and uniform be be into something alive and textured? As our methods, tools, and mindsets for design shift, we move toward the imagination of a new and living forms of architecture.

 

Subculture projects a bioreceptive consciousness of cities and spaces, exposing the public to an invisible layer of analysis that is rewriting our understanding of the health, ecology, and identity of our buildings and spaces.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS/ DESIGNERS

 

Kevin Slavin was the Founding Chief Science and Technology Officer for The Shed as well as the Founder of the Playful Systems group at MIT’s Media Lab, where he retains a Research Affiliate title. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and co-founded several companies, including Area/Code, one of the earliest pioneers of geolocative gaming, acquired to become the New York office of Zynga in 2011. He is one of the founding editors and is on the Editorial Board of the MIT Press Journal of Design and Science, and is on the board of The Cooper Union, where he was Vice-Chair between 2014 and 2016. He co-developed the Urban Computing class at NYU’s ITP. and has taught at ITP, Cooper Union, MIT, and Fabrica, among others.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff is a computational biologist and assistant professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. At the center of her research is a fascination with the way living beings interact with their environment. She has made contributions to understanding how plants respond to the force of gravity, how genome structure changes in response to stress, and most recently has turned her attention to the ubiquitous and invisible microbial component of our environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, to projects with landscape architects, to working as an artist in environments from SVA to the MIT Media Lab. She teaches courses in BioDesign in the Integrated Digital Media department at NYU Tandon.

 

The Living is a design studio and an experiment in living architecture. Its work focuses on expanding the definition of environmental sustainability through the frameworks of biology, computation, and a circular economy. The studio has won design awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Architectural League, the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, the Museum of Modern Art, Ars Electronica, the German Federal Government, and Holcim Foundation. Recent projects include the Embodied Computation Lab (a new building for research on sensors and robotics) and Hy-Fi (a branching tower made of a new type of biodegradable brick). A monograph about the studio, Now We See Now: Architecture and Research by The Living, will be published by The Monacelli Press in Fall 2018. The studio team is: David Benjamin (Founding Principal), John Locke, Danil Nagy, Damon Lay, Dale Zhao, Jim Stoddart, Ray Wang, and Lorenzo Villaggi.

 

Evan Eisman Company is a design, fabrication, and finishing studio based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that specializes in incorporating blast finishes and engraving into art, architecture, and design. The studio pursues innovative, high quality work in a diverse array of materials, and values creative collaboration within its team and with clients. The studio’s projects range from monumental glass murals to jewel-like engravings, and they can be found throughout New York City in museums, parks, residences, and retail spaces. Evan Eisman Company has been developing its sandblast works since 1998.

 

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CREDITS

 

Exhibition Concept, Design, and Research:

Kevin Slavin, Elizabeth Hénaff, and The Living (David Benjamin, John Locke, Danil Nagy, Damon Lau, Dale Zhao, Ray Wang, Jim Stoddart, Lorenzo Villaggi)

 

With Collaboration and Support From:
Evan Eisman Company

Hénaff Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

 

Production Assistance:

David Hecht

Nishant Jacob

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture:

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Former Chief Curator

Jinny Khanduja, Interim Director
Max Lauter, Programs Director
Chialin Chou, Associate Curator of Archives
Iara Pimenta, Curatorial Fellow
Interns: Yuki Ito, Kristen Kubecka, Kris Lee, Amora McConnell, Jacqueline Mix, Kayla Montes de Oca, Morgan Parrish, Yifeng Wang, Christina Zau

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SUPPORT

Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 

Pro-bono and institutional support for this exhibition is kindly provided by Evan Eisman Company and the Hénaff Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

 
Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; 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; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.
 
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Bookstore Network: Manuel Herz at McNally Jackson – Refugees, Migration, and Architecture [Event Postponed]

 

Friday, August 10th, 2018

7 pm

McNally Jackson

52 Prince St, New York, NY

 

As part of the inaugural New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture, McNally Jackson, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York present an evening with architect Manuel Herz on the integral response of architectural theory and practice to global migration.

 

As part of the book fair, Herz has curated a selection of titles on display at McNally Jackson throughout the summer. The selection aims to provide an understanding of how the context of refugees and their global movement lies at the very heart of the architectural discipline, reflecting upon issues of control, authority, use, and production of space. It is organized into seven categories: the figure of the refugee; spaces of camps and forced displacement; debates on control and power; humanitarian action and its contradictions; architecture as critical agency; architectural and urban applications; and narratives of displacement.

 

In “We Refugees,” Hannah Arendt states “Refugees driven from country to country represent the vanguard of their peoples.” Refugees are active agents, a new avant-garde that has the potential to transform society. Herz invites us to use this understanding to question the very foundations of our architecture.

 

About Manuel Herz

Manuel Herz is an architect whose research focuses on the relationship between the discipline of planning and (state) power. He has worked extensively on the architecture and urbanism of refugee camps, with a regional focus on Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa. His book From Camp to City—Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara documents how camps can be spaces of social emancipation and are used to prefigure the institutions of a nation by a refugee population living in exile. He was the curator and architect of the National Pavilion of the Western Sahara at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016.

 

His award-winning book African Modernism—Architecture of Independence presents the architecture of countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia at the time of their independence in the 1960s and 1970s. The accompanying exhibition, shown at the Vitra Design Museum, is currently travelling to cities across Europe, the United States, and sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Winner of several prizes, including the German Facade Prize 2011, the Cologne Architecture Prize 2003, the German Architecture Prize for Concrete in 2004, and a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Prize for European Architecture in 2011, Herz’s Basel based office is responsible for the construction of the Jewish Community Center of Mainz and several housing projects across Europe.

 

Manuel Herz studied at the Architectural Association in London. He taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam and Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was the head of teaching and research at ETH Studio Basel – Institute of the Contemporary City. Most recently, he has been appointed professor of architectural and urban design at the University of Basel.

 

About the New York Architecture Book Fair/Bookstore Network

Reflecting upon the monographs, history and theory books, edited volumes, essays, and compilations that comprise our libraries and bookstores, one wonders: which architecture books have we produced that should constitute the foundations of our contemporary context? With an archeological and projective twist, the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.

 

Alongside an exhibition at its Soho gallery space, Storefront for Art and Architecture has partnered with independent bookstores throughout the city to present a series of pop-up architecture book collections. Each pop-up is curated by an emerging international architect. Together, they aim to reinforce the existing network of spaces in the city dedicated to the dissemination of culture and invite us all to expand our understanding of architecture books and publications that which we know.

 

 

To learn more about the New York Architecture Book Fair and participating bookstores, visit www.storefrontnews.org.

 

All Storefront events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with priority seating available for members of Storefront. If you are a member, you can RSVP to reserve a spot.

 

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Bookstore Network: Manuel Herz at McNally Jackson – Refugees, Migration, and Architecture is a program in partnership with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and McNally Jackson.

 

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SUPPORT

The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair. For a full list of members, see here.

 

Architecture Books – Yet to Be Written and the Bookstore Network are supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, JESCO Lighting Group, Architectural Association Publications, ACTAR, Artbook | D.A.P., Dafne Editora, Harvard University Press, I. B. Tauris, Lars Müller Publishers, Park Books, Rizzoli Publications, University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, Verso Books, Thames & Hudson, Reaktion Books, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Marsilio,The MIT Press, The Monacelli Press, Tongji University Press, University of Chicago Press, Yale University Press, and Zone Books.

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; 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; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Salons: Personal Collections – Bernard Tschumi

 

Salons: Personal Collections

Bernard Tschumi 

February 15th, 2018 

As a series of ongoing salons in the homes of prominent New York City based architects, each event explores a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons are structured as informal conversations between the host and attendees. 

Salons: Personal Collection is a program of StorefrontTV.  Events are recorded and made available in the form of podcasts and a series of essays in collaboration with E-Flux Architecture and GSAPP on the StorefrontTV channel. 

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Project Support
Programming partners during and in advance of the fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, the New York Public Library, and Printed Matter.
 
       
 
The New York Architecture Book Fair is part of the Crossovers Program, a collaboration between Storefront and the Het Nieuwe Instituut. This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

  

General Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; 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; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Salons: Personal Collections – Anthony Vidler

 

Salons: Personal Collections

Anthony Vidler

March 15th, 2018 

As a series of ongoing salons in the homes of prominent New York City based architects, each event explores a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons are structured as informal conversations between the host and attendees. 

Salons: Personal Collection is a program of StorefrontTV.  Events are recorded and made available in the form of podcasts and a series of essays in collaboration with E-Flux Architecture and GSAPP on the StorefrontTV channel. 

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Project Support
Programming partners during and in advance of the fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, the New York Public Library, and Printed Matter.
 
       
 
The New York Architecture Book Fair is part of the Crossovers Program, a collaboration between Storefront and the Het Nieuwe Instituut. This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

  

General Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; 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; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Salons: Personal Collections – Daniel Libeskind

 

Salons: Personal Collections

Daniel Libeskind

April 5th, 2018

As a series of ongoing salons in the homes of prominent New York City based architects, each event explores a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons are structured as informal conversations between the host and attendees. 

Salons: Personal Collection is a program of StorefrontTV.  Events are recorded and made available in the form of podcasts and a series of essays in collaboration with E-Flux Architecture and GSAPP on the StorefrontTV channel. 

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Project Support
Programming partners during and in advance of the fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, the New York Public Library, and Printed Matter.
 
       
 
The New York Architecture Book Fair is part of the Crossovers Program, a collaboration between Storefront and the Het Nieuwe Instituut. This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

  

General Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; 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; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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Architecture Books

June 20th – August 25th, 2018

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

June 19th Exhibition Opening:

Press and Members Preview: 6 pm – 7 pm

Public Opening: 7 pm – 9 pm

 

As part of the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an exhibition that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today. With an archeological and projective twist, the installation seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.

 

Storefront was founded in 1982 as an alternative platform for discourse and debate that brings important issues to the forefront, and that extends beyond ideological and disciplinary boundaries. The period of exploration for the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair coincides with this recent history, taking the last 35 years as the starting point for a discussion about our contemporaneity. The series of programs organized as part of the book fair produce a forum for discussion and debate about the books that allow us to understand architectural discourse in a wider cultural, social, and geographical context. The project focuses on the ways in which architects, as well as urban planners, landscape architects, and all professions and people who engage in the making of places and spaces, contribute to our understanding of the built environment.

 

Questioning the idea of the canon, this project seeks to broaden the existing references for architecture culture, which have served to homogenize architectural discourse. With the purpose of opening up the conversation to new ideas, Storefront launched a Global Survey of Architecture Books that reached more than 1600 scholars, critics, museum directors, historians, and others from 98 countries, asking them to contribute nominations of books from the past 35 years that are fundamental to the development of ideas and culture in architecture.

 

A selection of the nominated books, with brief statements that contextualize their relevance, are presented in the installation as the structural support for a series of bookshelves that will be populated by additional publications throughout the duration of the exhibition. The bookshelves are affixed to the rotating facade panels, designed by Vito Acconci and Steven Holl, that connect the street to the inside of Storefront’s gallery space. Mostly empty to start, the shelves will densify over the course of the exhibition with a growing selection of nominated books submitted by invited groups, including non-profit organizations, students, independent publishers, creative collectives, and gallery visitors. Ultimately, however, the space will remain relatively sparse in relation to the monolithic shelves, reminding us that many of the crucial books are yet to be written.

 

A series of visualizations upon the walls of the gallery space present the scope of the project and prompt visitors to actively suggest, think about, and reflect upon the contemporary context of architectural publications.

 

The exhibition, along with the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, provokes us to reimagine our personal collections, the existing infrastructures of cultural production and dissemination, and the algorithms that recommend our next reading material.

 

Architecture Books – Yet to be Written serves as the point of entry for journeys through various spaces of knowledge exchange throughout the city. While inhabiting the gallery space, visitors learn more about the programs that constitute the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, including:

 

Yet to be Written

Alongside nominated books, the installation presents a digital repository of book covers and titles for retroactive manuscripts and projective volumes – books that we should have written, but that we never did, and books yet to be written, that we still should. This growing collection was first presented at the launching conference of the book fair, Architecture Books / Yet to be Written, in the fall of 2017 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall.

 

The repository includes contributions by: Diana Agrest, Stan Allen, Amale Andraos, Henry Cobb, Beatriz Colomina, Reinier de Graaf, Peggy Deamer, Elizabeth Diller, Kenneth Frampton, Sanford Kwinter, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Ana Miljacki, Enrique Norten, Joan Ockman, Spyros Papapetros, Nader Tehrani, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, Rafael Viñoly, Mark Wigley, Marion Weiss, Eyal Weizman, and James Wines.

 

Maps: Global Survey of Architecture Books

1600 international academics, practitioners, and scholars from 98 countries have been invited to make nominations in a new Global Survey of Architecture Books. The survey continues to expand and evolve, and will unveil volumes from many cultural contexts that contribute to a better understanding of local and global modes of knowledge production. The maps reveal the geographies of the nominators, the responses, and the books nominated. Conveying the potential for diversity of our sources of knowledge, the maps attempt to visualize the origins of the architecture books on display and of contemporary architecture culture.

 

Nominate Now

An online platform open to everyone, Nominate Now acts as a counterpoint to (and complements) the Global Survey of Architecture Books, which was specifically sent to established figures in the field. Nominate Now invites everyone to nominate titles they believe should be considered for inclusion in the growing library of Architecture Books. To participate, see here, or visit Storefront’s gallery space during the exhibition.

 

Bookstore Network

A series of pop-up architecture book collections are presented at independent bookstores and cultural institutions throughout the city. Each pop-up is curated by an emerging international architect, and together, they aim to reinforce the existing network of spaces in the city dedicated to the dissemination of culture, inviting these institutions to place emphasis upon and expand their own and their visitors’ familiarity with architecture books and publications.

 

Artbook at MOMA PS1 – Dream the Combine
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe – Florian Idenburg
McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers – Manuel Herz
New Museum Store – Oana Stanescu

Revolution Books – Miguel Robles Duran
Rizzoli Bookstore – Kunle Adeyemi
Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers – Carla Juacaba
Albertine – Umberto Napolitano / LAN
Word Up Community Bookshop – Interboro Partners

 

Salons: Personal Collections

Storefront presents a series of private salons hosted in the homes of prominent New York City-based architects. Each event, also available to the public as a podcast and transcript, explores a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons are structured as informal conversations with invited guests. Past salons have taken place in the libraries of Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, and Daniel Libeskind. For more information about upcoming salons, see here to join the New York Architecture Book Club.

 

Reading Room

Storefront has partnered with the New York Public Library to offer a space in which visitors can read the books nominated as part of the Global Survey of Architecture Books. The library, as a space designed for the storage and reading of books, also offers the ability for reflection and reimagination of the volumes that occupy our centers of knowledge. The Reading Room is located in Room 300 of the Art and Architecture space at New York Public Library’s main branch on 42nd Street in Manhattan.

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CREDITS

 

Exhibition and Project Team:

 

Exhibition Design: Abruzzo Bodziak Architects

Graphic Identity: Pentagram – Natasha Jen / Ran Zheng / Tiffany Yuen

Curator: Eva Franch i Gilabert

Associate Curator: Carlos Minguez Carrasco

Strategic Development and Outreach: Jinny Khanduja

Producer: Max Lauter

Design Assistance: Michael Cohen, Jacqueline Hall, Yasemin Parlar

Curatorial and Production Assistance: Iara Pimenta, Feiyi Bei, Roo Chen, Yuki Ito, Juan Carlos Javier, Kris Li, Jacqueline Mix, Kayla Montes de Oca, Cemre Tokat

 

About the Design Team:

 

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects (ABA) is an internationally recognized New York-based practice with experience ranging from civic and cultural projects to homes and exhibitions.Through both projects and speculative investigations, ABA creates experiences that are rooted in place and time. Their work is defined by an innovative approach to contextuality, a relentless focus on detail, and a strong conceptual viewpoint. Established by Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak, ABA has received numerous recognitions, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, AIA New Practices New York, Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, and Curbed’s Groundbreakers Award. A proponent of civic engagement, the office is included in New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Design Excellence Program.

 

Pentagram:

Pentagram is a design firm and a supporter of Storefront. Since 2012, Pentagram has collaborated with Storefront on many projects, ranging from identity design to publications and exhibition. Some of these include OfficeUS, the Manifesto Series, Closed Worlds, and the New York Architecture Book Fair.  

 

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SUPPORT

The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair. For a full list of members, see here.

 

Architecture Books – Yet to Be Written and the Bookstore Network are supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, JESCO Lighting Group, Architectural Association Publications, ACTAR, Artbook | D.A.P., Dafne Editora, Harvard University Press, I. B. Tauris, Lars Müller Publishers, Park Books, Rizzoli Publications, University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, Verso Books, Thames & Hudson, Reaktion Books, Editorial Gustavo Gili, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Marsilio,The MIT Press, The Monacelli Press, Tongji University Press, University of Chicago Press, Yale University Press, and Zone Books.

 

Programming partners for the New York Architecture Book Fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, and the New York Public Library.

 

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; 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; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

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