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Storefront for Art and Architecture

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Critical Halloween: On I-Relevance

Friday October 31, 2014

the most feared ghost of art and architectural production

Critical Halloween: On I-Relevance


OCTOBER 31, 2014

With the aim to unleash everyone's inner critic through sartorial guise, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present the 2014 Critical Halloween Party and Costume Competition on October 31st.  

Following previous years's themes on Banality, Metaphor and Corporate-Avantgarde, this years theme dwells on the dark powers of digital platforms. With an on-line culture that propels banality to stardom,  where mimes become essays and traditional forms of knowledge embeded within old mediums vanish, this year's event asks artists, architects, writters, citizens -and cats- to address the concept of Irrelevance within contemporary culture and contemporary digital platforms.

From obsolete terms, forms, ideologies, philosophical movements to emerging economic systems  or aesthetic languages, from Irrelevant to I-Relevant, we invite you to bring your thoughts into your costume.

If you would like to be part of the Critical Halloween Benefit Commitee, please e-mail Kara Meyer KM@Storefrontnews.org and you will join us in a private discusson on I-Relevance this fall.



Critical Halloween Tixs

Annual Benefactor Membership Dinner

Tuesday October 14, 2014


Become a Benefactor or Visionary Member and RSVP today to mw@storefrontnews.org. 

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OfficeUS: Issues - Labor LEED Workshop

Thursday September 18, 2014 – Saturday September 20, 2014

OfficeUS: Issues - Labor LEED Workshop

Ethical imperatives currently hover over architectural practices worldwide. The notion of exploitation, environmental or human, is often addressed today less through a recourse to previous principles for the generation of form, space, or program than through bureaucratized frameworks that involve little beyond simply checking, for better or worse taste, a compliance box. The US Green Building Council (USGBC), the developer of the LEED building rating system, was created in 1993. The aura surrounding LEED Platinum certification has become a common object of desire among developers and clients around the world, sometimes more powerful than any local code. Buildings around the world are being designed to enter the club of the self-consciously responsible in relationship to energy consumption and sustainable practices. In a parallel manner, a growing awareness of the conditions of labor on construction sites worldwide has prompted reflection on questions of human sustainability and the principles that might be applied, whether through measuring tools or design strategies, to make the building of architecture an ethically tenable construct. What are the mechanisms for ensuring human sustainability?


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OfficeUS: SOM Superlatives Workshop

Saturday September 6, 2014

OfficeUS: SOM Superlatives Workshop

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 2PM - 5PM

Workshop with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

US Pavilion, Giardini (Venice, Italy)


Through processes of optimization and organization, US architecture firms such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have claimed to produce the best, for the most, for the least - what OfficeUS calls architectural "Superlatives." Since the firm's emergence in 1936, SOM has been the architectural office synonymous with the term "corporate" in its practices. Modeled on many of the same managerial principles of its corporate clients, SOM applied strategies such as decentralization and specialization to architectural practice. Despite its scale, SOM has represented a unique combination of design authorship and pragmatic acumen. The firm has a large presence in the OfficeUS Repository, which chronicles the story of U.S. architecture built abroad. 


SOM Design Director Kent Jackson, and SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner Bill Baker joined OfficeUS Partners for a one-day workshop that aimed to give an overview and specific insights on different scales and scopes of their architecture projects - from the aesthetic to the material to the technical to the managerial. 


Have a question or comment for one of our guests? Want to join the discussion? TweetUS @office_us / email: partner@officeus.org 

Membership Events: Exclusive OfficeUS Repository Tours

Thursday August 14, 2014 – Tuesday November 25, 2014

A series of exclusive tours of New York-based studios included in the OfficeUS Repository

Membership Events: Exclusive OfficeUS Repository Tours
OfficeUS Repository. United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. Photo by Patricia Parinejad.

The OfficeUS Repository presents a curated collection of 1001 architecture projects from the last 100 years, designed by 200 US-based architecture firms and realized abroad. 

The Repository is one of the key elements of Office US , the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale for which Storefront has been commissioned.  Collectively, the projects in the archive tell multiple, imbricated stories of U.S. firms, typologies, and technologies. The office consists of 8 architects selected from an international open call,  visiting experts, and outpost offices distributed worldwide. Over the 25 weeks of the Biennale, Office US  revisits the projects in the archive, their premises and conclusions, to construct an agenda for the future production of architecture.

These private tours will bring a glimpse of OfficeUS to New York, offering the opportunity to learn more about the involvement of the firms in OfficeUS, the structure of the office, and their current work. 

This tour is free for Storefront Members. RSVP is required on a first come, first serve basis. If you are a Storefront Member and would like to attend, please send your RSVP to Kara Meyer at km@storefrontnews.org. If you are interested in attending by becoming a member, click here.

I f you have any questions, please email membership@storefrontnews.org. 

Office Portrait. Photo by Silja Magg.

Richard Meier & Partners 

AUGUST 14, 2014

6:00 PM

The work of Richard Meier & Partners is instantly recognizable and internationally respected. For over five decades, we have been appointed to create important public and private buildings. Our offices in New York and Los Angeles employ a multicultural staff of talented professionals practicing architecture, urbanism, product design and exhibition design. We aspire to thoughtful, elegant contemporary architecture that exceeds our clients’ expectations for beauty and elegance.

Recent work includes one of the most sustainable office and research buildings in Europe for Italcementi in Bergamo, Italy; the headquarters in Hamburg for the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe; the Jesolo Lido Condominium in Jesolo, Italy; the first office project in the Czech Republic built on a speculative basis to receive the highest LEED certification; and the United States Courthouse in San Diego, California. We currently have new projects in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Richard Meier & Partners is led by Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, Dukho Yeon – and sustains an international practice with offices in New York and Los Angeles.



6:30 PM


LOT-EK has achieved high visibility in the architecture/design/art world for its sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials and space through the upcycling of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture. 

LOT-EK is a design studio based in Naples and New York. Founded in 1993 by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, it has been involved in residential, commercial and institutional projects in the US and abroad, as well as projects for major cultural institutions and museums including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and the MAXXI. 

LOT-EK’s founding partners, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, have a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita’ di Napoli, Italy (1989), and have completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University, New York (1990-1991). Besides heading their professional practice, they also teach at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and lecture at major universities and institutions throughout the US and abroad. 

In December 2011, Ada and Giuseppe were recognized as USA Booth Fellows of Architecture & Design by United States Artists (USA). 

Photo by Preston Schlebusch.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

6:30 PM

Selldorf Architects is a 65-person architectural design practice that was founded by Annabelle Selldorf in 1988. The firm’s work includes public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility, and at scales encompassing the construction of new buildings, restoration of historic interiors, and exhibition design. Creating buildings that are both contemporary and timeless is a fundamental goal of the firm. The practice designs buildings and public spaces that are an integrated and authentic reflection of the cities and institutions they serve. Projects evolve in response to their specific context and program, drawing influence from local materials and building traditions. This context-driven approach is guided by rigor, precision, and restraint. The firm’s clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Neue Galerie New York, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and Brown University. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for Frieze Masters and the 2013 Venice Art Biennial. 

Selldorf Architects recently completed a 30,000 sf LEED Gold gallery building for David Zwirner and finished work on the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, a new recycling facility and education center on the Brooklyn waterfront. In July, the firm’s renovation of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s Museum Building opened to the public, followed by the opening of the Manton Research Center Renovation in early 2015. Selldorf Architects is currently designing an expansion for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; converting a former rail depot into LUMA Arles, a new contemporary art center in Arles France; and renovating Brown University’s library for special collections. 

Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. Ms. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an Academician of the National Academy Museum, and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. 


SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

6:30 PM

Acconci Studio ’s design & architecture comes from another direction, from Vito Acconci’s backgrounds in writing & art. His poems in the late 60’s treated language as matter (words to look at rather than through) & the page as a field to travel over; his performances in the early 70’s helped shift art from object to interaction between art-doer & viewer; later in the 70’s, his installations turned viewers into participants;  in the early 80’s, his architectural-units could be transformed by users. By the late 80’s his work crossed over & he formed Acconci Studio, a design firm that mixes poetry & geometry, computer-scripting & sentence-structure, narrative & biology, chemistry & social-science. The Studio uses computers to give form to thinking; they use forms to find ideas. They make not nodes so much as circulation-routes, they design time as much as space. Their design starts with clothing & ends with vehicles – in-between, they design buildings that slip into landscape & vice versa; they make spaces fluid, changeable & portable; they make architecture subservient to people & not vice versa -- they anticipate cities on the move. Built in the last decade are, in Graz, a person-made island where the theater, a bowl, twists to become a playground on its way to becoming a dome, a restaurant; in Tokyo, a clothing store as soft as clothing; in Coney Island an elevated subway-station façade that waves & bulges to make views & seats; in Toronto, a building-complex fence that twists & rises up the building to make wind-screens, & splits to make public-places. Being built now, in Indianapolis, is an interactive tunnel through a building where pedestrians & cyclists set off lights that swarm around them like fireflies.  


OCTOBER 1, 2014

6:30 PM

Led by partners Daniel Libeskind and Nina Libeskind, CEO/principal Carla Swickerath, and principals Yama Karim and Stefan Blach, Studio Daniel Libeskind designs in a variety of scales for a range of uses all around the world. As well as the museum typology, for which it is perhaps best known, the studio develops schemes for public housing, residential towers, mixed-use commercial centers, concert halls, memorials, university buildings, and convention centers. A series of master plan commissions have deeply engaged the studio in urban design and city making and the vast array of issues and ideas that pertain to building sustainably for the future.
As well as its New York headquarters, the Studio Daniel Libeskind also maintains Libeskind Design, a product division in Milan, and an office in Zürich.


OfficeUS: Potential Participation Party

Friday July 25, 2014 – Friday July 25, 2014

OfficeUS: Potential Participation Party

Guggenheim Helisnki Design Competition

Potential Participation Party

July 25th,  2014, Arsenale, Venice

OfficeUS, a global collaborative architectural practice with its first headquarters at the United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, announced this month its intention to seriously consider entering the Guggenheim Helsinki Design ­Competition.


In celebration of the exciting potential for OfficeUS to perhaps enter the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, the OfficeUS Partners will be hosting a Potential Participation Party, on July 25th 2014 at the Arsenale. The Potential Participation Party will feature special guests--including Adnan Yildiz, Anupama Rao, Aristide Antonas, Kaarin Taipale and Andrew Ross--in conversation with the OfficeUS partners; with a special performance of OfficeUS either entering, not entering or still considering entering the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.


Helsinki, a global city standing at the intersection of East and West (founded by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 as a town of Helsingfors which remained a tiny town, plagued by poverty, wars, and diseases), is emerging as a city to watch. Helsinki (like OfficeUS) has been said to have recently embarked on an ambitious yet highly sensitive program of renewal and development, initiating what has been called the greatest urban change in its history since Helsinki became the capital of Finland two hundred years ago. OfficeUS is honored to consider the possibility of exploring exciting new concepts such as: cityscape, architecture, usability, sustainability and feasibility (in this order) through maybe participating in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition from within the Peggy Guggenheim Pavilion in Venice, Italy.


OfficeUS (like Helsinki), has been called an increasingly popular visitor destination. Many have described OfficeUS as a standard bearer for la Biennale di Venezia and a model for architectural offices around the world. Benefitting from an exceptional education system, entrepreneurial spirit, appetite for innovation, and a demonstrated success in international happiness indices, OfficeUS is increasingly seen by many important sources as an expert in global architecture, building tall, and designing deep, while remaining sensitive to the sustainability of local traditions.


It is envisaged that the Guggenheim Helsinki (like OfficeUS) would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, while sources indicate that the Guggenheim Helsinki will also specialize in Nordic art and architecture. Following a detailed Concept and Development Study by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Guggenheim ­Helsinki (like OfficeUS) has been sited on a prominent waterfront site close to the historic city center and immediately visible to visitors arriving by sea.


OfficeUS is excited to welcome the Guggenheim Helsinki into the global constellation of Guggenheim museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Peggy Guggenheim Pavilion (OfficeUS headquarters) in Venice. OfficeUS is eagerly anticipating a serious consideration of the potentially productive exchange which engages what has been referred to as Finland's revolutionary bioeconomy, through what may or may not be our collaborative interest in the sustainable use of wood, and the latest in digital technology.


2:00 pm Introduction

2:15 pm Guest presentations 

4:15 pm Screening of   "AIR UP!   Construction of the US Pavilion at EXPO '70 Osaka - A United States Information Agency Project"; 

4:40 pm Workshop on engagement methods

8:30 pm Party with Guggenheim Effect cocktails and Palm Jockey DJ/VJ set at   TEATRO MARINONI BENE COMUNE Lungomare Gabriele D’Annunzio Lido di Venezia

Members Tour at 101 Spring Street

Wednesday July 23, 2014

A guided tour of artist Donald Judd's Former Living and Working Space

Members Tour at 101 Spring Street
101 Spring Street © Judd Foundation. All rights reserved.

Member's Tour of artist Donald Judd's Former Living and Working Space

101 Spring Street

July 23, 2014


“The solution to social and political miseries is political action. Most people, including artists, don't want to act and that suits the various governments. Artists can and should object as artists but the real action is as a citizen among citizens."

–Donald Judd, 1973

Storefront for Art and Architecture is pleased to offer Storefront Members a private guided tour at 101 Spring Street, the former living and working space of artist Donald Judd.


Free for Storefront Members. RSVP is required on a first come, first serve basis. 

Storefront is no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. 



OfficeUS: VERNISSAGE / June 4-6, 2014

Wednesday June 4, 2014 – Friday June 6, 2014

Press Conference & Opening Events for OfficeUS

OfficeUS: VERNISSAGE / June 4-6, 2014
OfficeUS Press Conference. Photo by Michael Zumpano.

OfficeUS Opening Bites Dinner

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On June 4, 2014, OfficeUS gathered distinguished guests, project supporters and team members, at InParadiso to celebrate the launch of OfficeUS. The dinner, created by OfficeUS Partners Cooking Sections, included a menu composed considering the realities of postwar America where the refrigerator, microwave and other modern conveniences were used as key ingredients to create bites of history inspired from the OfficeUS Repository. 


To view the full menu, click here


Photo by Tammy Shell.

OfficeUS Press Conference

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The press conference on June 5, 2014 included presentations by the U.S. State Department and the three curators of OfficeUS. The full OfficeUS team was introduced around the courtyard table designed by Leong Leong, the new open meeting room of the office in the Giardini. Following the press conference, OfficeUS hosted an Office Party to celebrate the launch of OfficeUS. 



Photo by Nicolo Gemin.



OfficeUS Mission Statement: Peggy Guggenheim Cocktail Reception

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On June 5th, a cocktail party with more than 1,000 guests took place at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection where everyone toasted the history of U.S. firms and the future that lies ahead with a specialty drink "the Guggenheim Effect" designed by OfficeUS Partners Cooking Sections. 


Who Owns The Guggenheim Effect? is a cocktail containing different spices, tomato, vodka and a piece of fresh Italian pasta cut with the shape of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, specially developed for the opening party of OfficeUS at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Recently, the Guggenheim Foundation threatened to sue an Italian chef in Bilbao for creating pasta in the shape of the elevation of their museum. The concept of our piece consisted of re-appropriating the appropriation of the image of a building. We brought it into the museum itself to open up the discussion about the ownership of cultural/architectural icons and their socioeconomic implications. In the glass, there was also a little flag reading the title of the intervention.  MakerBot was an incredible tool to produce the pasta cutters with a sharp edge and would like to keep on working with it in the future.

- Cooking Sections



About Cooking Sections

Based in London, Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe create new critical methods of mapping territories and urbanism through their trajectory of geopolitical cooking performances. After meeting at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, they founded Cooking Sections: a research-practice that cooks site-specific edible maps of boundaries, thresholds, events, buildings, architectures, landscapes, oddities and anomalies. Past performances have taken place at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Bartlett, London; Institut Für Raumexperimente, Berlin; dOCUMENTA(13); TEDx Talks, Madrid; Halle14, Leipzig; Polytechnic Architecture School ETSAM, Madrid; Fiorucci Art Trust, London amongst others. They have been associate residents participating in The Politics of Food program, at Delfina Foundation, London.


Tuesday May 27, 2014


Speechbuster Residency

Wednesday May 14, 2014 – Wednesday May 14, 2014

Inserting public discourse into private space

Speechbuster Residency
SpeechBuster, 2013. Pier 53

Storefront for Art and Architecture presents the Speechbuster Residency, a program which inserts public debate within private spaces and activates public discourse through a series of conversations, screenings and events negotiating between the performativity of the Speechbuster, contemporary issues in art and architecture, and the space it occupies. 


The Speechbuster makes its first stop at the Exhibition Space at RVA located at Rafael Viñoly’s New York downtown office. 


Its second stop will be in an OfficeUS Outpost Office located at 97 Kenmare as part of the OfficeUS project, the 2014 United States Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale de Venezia in Venice, Italy.


About the Speechbuster Residency Program
The Speechbuster, commissioned by Storefront with the support of the Rauschenberg Foundation and designed collaboratively by architect Jimenez Lai and artist Grayson Cox, embarks on a journey through a series of stimulating spaces in New York City. For each residency, the performative, multi-function, multi-layer, Storefront gallery-sized table, inserts public debate within private spaces bringing the Storefront programming Series outside of the galley space. 


  • 1ST STOP /  Exhibition Space at  Rafael Viñoly Architects  / MAY 14th, 2014  


Located within the headquarters of Rafael Viñoly Architects at 50 Vandam Street in West SoHo, the exhibition space is a 2,450 square foot multi-function workspace with 25-foot ceilings. It regularly hosts meetings, lectures, workshops, events and temporary exhibitions.  About Rafael Viñoly Architects:  Founded in 1983 and based in New York City, Rafael Viñoly Architects is an internationally renowned firm with offices in London and Abu Dhabi. The firm has completed an unusually large number of diverse projects on five continents that range in scale from laboratory casework detailing to master planning. Over the past quarter century, the practice’s key trademark is the ability to reinvent institutional typologies and integrate the public realm into civic buildings.


  • 2ND STOP / 97 Kenmare OfficeUS Outpost / JUNE 17th, 2014






If you are interested in partnering with Storefront for a SpeechBuster Residency Program, please send an email to info@storefrontnews.org with the Subject Line: Speechbuster Residency.

The Speechbuster is made possible by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Program, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.

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