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97 Kenmare Street

New York, NY 10012

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Storefront Salon: The Performative Museum

Friday May 8, 2015

Hosted by Hal Foster with the participation of Sarah Oppenheimer and Julian Rose

Storefront Salon: The Performative Museum
Trisha Brown Company, “Sticks” (1973), Performed at MoMA in 2011.

Friday May 8th, 6-7pm.

Storefront for Art And Architecture Gallery Space, 97 Kenmare, New York. 


Over the last decade art museums have restaged many performances and dances, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Not quite live, not quite dead, these reenactments have introduced a zombie time into these institutions. Sometimes this hybrid temporality, neither present nor past, takes on a gray tonality, not unlike that of the old photographs on which the reenactments are often based, and like these photos the events seem both real and unreal, documentary and fictive. Sometimes, too, the spaces that are proposed to present this undead art are imagined as gray: along with the white cube for painting and sculpture and the black box for projected-image art, “gray boxes” are envisioned to maintain such work in this state of suspended animation. These and other phenomena will be discussed. 


Hosted by Hal Foster with the participation of Sarah Oppenheimer and Julian Rose. 


About Storefront Salon:

Storefront Salon is a monthly intimate and informal gathering at Storefront’s gallery to promote dialogue connecting art and architecture to broader contemporary issues. These facilitated discussions are open to everyone, and will bring together Storefront's members, network, and the community to discuss and dissect the role of culture in the most recent and relevant public debates.

The Architects and The Critics

Saturday April 25, 2015

With Giuliana Bruno, Craig Buckley, and Amie Siegel

The Architects and The Critics
Amie Siegel, 'The Architects,' 2014 HD video, color, sound. Commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture as part of OfficeUS. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Architects and The Critics

Saturday, April 25th from  5 - 6 PM

Giuliana Bruno and Craig Buckley will discuss with artist Amie Siegel the spaces depicted and constructed through the cinematic medium of The Architects. The conversation, moderated by Storefront Director Eva Franch, will address social and political ideas embedded in the film while addressing the relationships between contemporary architectural production and the moving image.




Giuliana Bruno is the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Professor Bruno is internationally known for her research on the intersections of the visual arts, architecture, film and media.


Her new book is Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014. Her seminal book Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film (Verso, 2002) won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for "the world's best book on the moving image." Her recent book, Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts, published by MIT Press in 2007, has been translated in Europe and Asia. For Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (Princeton University Press, 1993), a journey through modernity and cultural memory, she won the Society for Cinema and Media studies annual award for best book in film studies.


Professor Bruno has contributed to numerous monographs on contemporary art, including Isaac Julien for The Museum of Modern Art (2013), Jane and Louise Wilson (2004), Chantal Akerman (MHKA, 2012), Jesper Just for the Venice Biennale 2013 (and MAC/VAL, 2012), Diana Thater (LACMA, forthcoming), and exhibition catalogues of the Museo Reina Sofia and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


She also writes frequently on architecture and art for international books such as Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2009), Space (MAXXI Museum for 21st Century Arts, Rome, 2010), and Ruins (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery, 2011).


Professor Bruno lectures at universities and museums internationally, including, recently, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Dia Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern and the Louvre Museum.


She is featured in Visual Culture Studies: Interviews with Key Thinkers as one of the most influential intellectual working today in visual studies (Sage, 2008).


Ranging from photographs, video, film installations, performance and feature films for the cinema, American artist Amie Siegel's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including Amie Siegel: Provenance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as solo and group exhibitions at MoMA/PS1, NY; MAXXI, Rome; Hayward Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Walker Art Center, MN; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her films have screened at the Cannes, Berlin, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, Guggenheim Foundation, and the recipient of a Sundance Institute Film Fund award and Berlin Film Festival award. 

2015 Spring Benefit: TRANS

Tuesday April 21, 2015




ONLINE AUCTION NOW LIVE. Click here to bid now through April 21st on TRANS-themed works by artists, architects, and designers.

Storefront for Art and Architecture 2015 Spring Benefit

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
432 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10022


Do Ho Suh and Thom Mayne

6 pm: Private Benefit Committee Auction Preview

7 pm: Silent Art Auction, Cocktails, and Hors D’oeuvres

9 pm: Special Performance by Tori Wrånes


Attire:  Transparent,  Translucent,  Transgressive


Transfigured, transparent, translucent, transsexual, transatlantic, transcendent. Join us to tranversally transform transactions of generosity and capital at our 2015 Spring Benefit.


On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, Storefront for Art and Architecture will celebrate over three decades of advancing innovative positions and providing a platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, ideological, and geographic boundaries.

Storefront’s 2015 Spring Benefit will be the first public event to be held at 432 Park Avenue, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, prior to the official opening of the building. The event will honor artist Do Ho Suh and architect Thom Mayne, internationally recognized figures who have participated in Storefront programming throughout the years.

This year’s theme, TRANS, focuses on particular aspects within the work of the honorees, including transcultural and transparent details of Do Ho Suh’s materialization of architecture elements, as well as Thom Mayne’s transgressive form making.

A silent auction featuring TRANS-themed works by artists, architects, and designers will allow benefit guests to take home artworks with transformative power while supporting and benefiting Storefront for Art and Architecture's mission and programs.



Tickets: Melissa Weisberg, 212.431.5795 or mw@storefrontnews.org. To purchase online, click here.

Sponsorship and Press: Jinny Khanduja, 212.431.5795 or jk@storefrontnews.org





Vito Acconci

Lindsey Adelman

David Adjaye

Diana Al-Hadid

Grimanesa Amorós

Benjamin Aranda

Erieta Attali

Iwan Baan

David Benjamin

Brett Beyer

Tatiana Bilbao

Sebastiaan Bremer

Bec Brittain

Rafael de Cárdenas

Craig Dykers

Mary Ellen Carroll

Sebastian Errazuriz

Ramak Fazel

Tony Feher

Fausto Fontana

Future Perfect

Terence Gower

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam

Wade Guyton

Robert Herman

Steven Holl

Bjarke Ingels

Andres Jaque

Arcady Kotler

Andrew Kovacs

Jimenez Lai

Leong Leong

Michael Loverich

Leslie Lyons

Thom Mayne

Christina McPhee

Patrick Meagher

Carlos Motta

Shirin Neshat

Sarah Oppenheimer

Jorge Otero-Pailos

Ariel Rojo

Sagmeister & Walsh

Bayeté Ross Smith

Alex Schweder

Denise Scott Brown

Amie Siegel

Katrin Sigurdardottir

Kiki Smith


Do Ho Suh

Janaina Tschape

Bernard Tschumi

Rafael Viñoly

Lawrence Weiner

JB Wilson

Dustin Yellin

Michael Young

Joe Zaldivar









Autodesk, Inc.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF)

Robert M. Rubin and Stéphane Samuel

Lauren Kogod and David Smiley



Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown




Royal Norwegian Consulate General




Belmont Freeman Architects

Thomas Calamari

Flos USA, Inc.

Danielle and David Ganek

HWKN (Hollwich Kushner)

Andy Klemmer / Paratus Group

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

Sara Meltzer

Joseph Mizzi, Sciame Construction

RD Rice

Suchi Reddy / Reddymade Design

Melissa Shoes

Sky Frame

STUDIOS Architecture

Alexis Walther

WB Wood



21c Museum Hotels

Paola Antonelli

Iñaki Abalos

The Architects Newspaper

Daniel Arsham

Laurie Beckelman

Barry Bergdoll

Philip G. Bernstein FAIA

Carlos Brillembourg Architects


Control Group

Alexandra Cunningham

Christina R. Davis

Kyle DeWoody



David M. Glanstein, Esq.

Richard Gluckman

Susan Grant Lewin

Peter Guggenheimer

Peter Hochschild

Barbara Hoffman

Steven Holl

Sachi Hoshikawa

Campbell Hyers

Barbara Jakobson

Steven Incontro and David Joselit

Andrew Laing

Gerald and Jody Lippes

Lehmann Maupin

Anne Livet

Neil Logan


Karen Fairbanks and Scott Marble

Marpillero Pollak Architects

Patrick Meagher

Edwin Meulensteen

Mark Fletcher and Tobias Meyer

Toshiko Mori

MOS Architects

Sarah Natkins

Stephen Moser Architect

Victoria Newhouse

Margery Perlmutter

Penny Pilkington, P.P.O.W.

Barbara G. Pine


Simon Preston

Charles Renfro

Rice+Lipka Architects

Rockwell Group

James Sanders

Annabelle Selldorf

Ruth Lande Shuman

Sylvia Smith


Stephen Talasnik

Thornton Tomasetti

Bernard Tschumi

Roman Viñoly

Mabel Wilson

Karen Wong

WXY Architecture

Bettina Zerza



Macklowe Properties and CIM Group


Storefront for Art and Architecture is a 501(c)3 organization. $105 of each ticket is not tax-deductible. Proceeds will support Storefront’s program of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and special projects.

Committee Members and Sponsors: Please reply by April 13th, 2015 to have your name listed in the event program. 

Beyond TRANS: The After Party to Storefront's 2015 Spring Benefit

Tuesday April 21, 2015




April 21, 432 PARK AVENUE 9pm-11pm

A limited number of $50 tickets are available. To purchase,  CLICK HERE.


Following the Silent Auction and cocktail reception of the 2015 Storefront Spring Benefit, we invite all guests to join us for a night of performances, music, specialty cocktails, virtual reality experiences, and photography sessions Beyond TRANS. 


9:00 - 9:30 PM

Performance By TORI WRANES

9:30 - 11:00 PM

Music by NO REGULAR PLAY with DJ Sets

Open Bar with Specialty Cocktails by Bite

Virtual Reality Expriences 

Film Fragments 

Photography Sessions

Elements: The Elevator

Tuesday April 21, 2015

Elements: The Elevator
Elements: Elevator by Davide Rapp

"ELEMENTS: ELEVATOR is a movie montage of short elevator-related clips selected among a number of movies. The combination of the clips aims to show - through the eyes of several directors and cinematographers - the rich spatiality of lifts and elevators.  The simple act of juxtaposing separate shots of opening and closing doors, dark elevator shafts, people standing silent and coloured buttons, evokes connections that cannot be found in a single  shot. All the elevators exist simultaneously in a condition of continuos vertical dynamic." 

ELEMENTS: ELEVATOR will be shown at the 2015 Storefront Spring Gala in April 21 at 432 Park Avenue and is a an excerpt from ELEMENTS, a  video installation conceived specifically for the intro room of the exhibition Elements of Architecture,  14th International Architecture Exhibition - Venice Biennale 2014 Fundentals.

Davide Rapp.  1980, Architect, Illustrator and Videomaker. Ph.D in Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano.  He participated in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Fundamentals (Biennale Venezia, 2014) with ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips, conceived specifically for the introduction room of the exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’, curated by Rem Koolhaas, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Manifesto Series: .TEMP Architecture

Wednesday April 15, 2015

With Izaskun Chinchilla, Adam Frampton, Pedro Gadanho, Basar Girit, Jason Klimosky, David Eugin Moon, and Ada Tolla

Manifesto Series: .TEMP Architecture

Manifesto Series: .TEMP Architecture

Buildings Without Consequences?

Wednesday, April15th, 2015 at 7 PM

97 Kenmare St.


Temporary architecture, from the model to the building, has been a genre in the middle.

Between the scale of the model and the scale of the building, between the ephemeral temporality of a thought and the permanence - even if illusory - of buildings, temporary architecture has been the middle ground protagonist of the most radical and experimental forms of architectural production in the 20th century.

With its few financial and legal liabilities, temporary architecture was once the only realm for experimentation that allowed for the production of innovative programs, forms, and methods beyond what was imaginable within the canon or the norm. Today, temporary architecture has become a common, ubiquitous practice for architecture students and firms of all ages in the development of their practices. It has become, in and of itself, a form of practice that connects to the ephemeral, floating, transient, and hyper-capitalized status of contemporary life. 

Worldwide institutions with cultural, capital, and pedagogical aspirations have begun to undertake programs for the construction of their own kinds of temporary installations with sometimes unknown purpose or consequences. Simultaneously, temporary architecture has had an important role in providing shelter during natural disasters and in cases of political strife in conflict zones. 

What is the role of temporary architecture today? What is the value proposition of temporary architecture? Is experimentation still an intrinsic property of this architectural genre in the face of new technological developments? What can temporary architecture accomplish in relation to pressing challenges in sustainability, social change, and urbanization?


Panelists include Izaskun Chinchilla, Adam Frampton, Pedro Gadnho, Basar Girit, Jason Klimosky, David Eugin Moon, and Ada Tolla.


This event is free and open to the public. Reserved seating is available to Storefront Members. If you would like to reserve a seat email mw@storefrontnews.org.




Izaskun Chinchilla. Master Architect since 2001 from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). She is driving her own office since 2001 in Madrid. She has a long and deep experience in research and education. She is Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Associate at Barlett School of Architecture (UCL London). She has also taught at Ecole Special (Paris), HEAD University (Geneva), University of Alicante (Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Alicante) or Madrid University (ETSAM). Her designer activity is accompanied by a research project called “Social and Aesthetic Repercussions of technical topics and solutions which take ecology into account” and that has taken her as visiting scholar to Columbia University in New York, Ecole de Mines de Paris and Princeton University in New Jersey. She has won the 2015 City of Dreams competition and will build a pavilion in Governors Island this summer.


Adam Snow Frampton is an architect and the Principal of Only If, a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism founded in 2013. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. He previously worked as an Associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and Hong Kong. During almost seven years there, he was involved in over 20 projects, responsible for leading teams producing architectural and urban designs in China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, and India.  His independent research on Hong Kong urbanism has been published as the co-authored Cities Without Ground, which maps the city’s three-dimensional networks of pedestrian circulation and public space. His work has been exhibited in the 12th and 14th Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Center for Architecture, and the Van Alen Institute, New York. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University School of Architecture and a Bachelors of Environmental Design Summa cum Laude from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a registered architect in the Netherlands and the United States, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.


Pedro Gadanho is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Since he joined MoMA in 2012, he is responsible for the Young Architects Program, and he curated the exhibitions 9+1 Ways of Being Political, Cut’n’Paste, Conceptions of Space, and Uneven Growth. Previously, he divided his activity between architecture, teaching, writing and curating. Gadanho holds an MA in art and architecture and PhD in architecture and mass media. He is the author of  Interiores 01-010 and of Arquitetura em Público, a recipient of the FAD Prize for Thought and Criticism in 2012. He was the editor of BEYOND bookazine, writes the ShrapnelContemporary blog, and contributes regularly to international publications. He curated Metaflux at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale and exhibitions such as  Post.Rotterdam, Space Invaders, and Pancho Guedes, An Alternative Modernist. He was also a chief curator of ExperimentaDesign between 2001 and 2003.  Amongst exhibition layouts, galleries and refurbishments, his designs included the Ellipse Foundation in Lisbon, and the widely published Orange House, in Carreço, Family Home, in Oporto, and GMG House in Torres Vedras.


New York, January 2015


Basar Girit is a founding partner of SITU Studio and Director of SITU Fabrication. The practice, founded in 2005 and based in Brooklyn, remains committed to material investigation as well as research and writing. SITU was selected as one of six interdisciplinary teams to participate in the current MoMA exhibition UnevenGrowth:Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities and recently presented L+ as part of a design study, Re-envisioning Branch Libraries co-sponsored by the Center for an Urban Future and The Architectural League of New York. SITU has received numerous awards including Interior Design Best of Year in 2014 and 2011 as well as an award for Excellence in Design by the Art Commission of the City of New York. The firm was a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York and their work has been featured in the Architectural Record, Domus, Dwell, Interior Design, The New York Times, Surface magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Basar has taught in the architecture program at Pratt Institute and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union.


Jason Klimoski is a principal at the Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm STUDIOKCA he cofounded with Lesley Chang. He received his Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota. Prior to cofounding STUDIOKCA, he worked for lighting designer Ingo Maurer in Munich and New York, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill as a senior designer in the New York office. He is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design, New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, and CNN, and recognized with awards from the AIA National and AIA New York Chapters.


David Eugin Moon is a New York based architect and a founding partner of N H D M / Nahyun Hwang + David Eugin Moon, a collaborative practice for design and research in architecture and urbanism. The work of N H D M has been recognized through publications and awards including the I.D. Annual Design Review Design Distinction, the 2012 and 2014 AIANY Design Honor awards, among others, and has been exhibited and presented at global venues including the 5th and 6th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and the 2014 Venice Biennale. Prior to founding N H D M, Moon practiced as a key designer and researcher at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for several years in Rotterdam and New York., and has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, and Asia,. 


His current research examines the historic significance of the architectural program and its reinterpretation and manipulation in the contemporary urban discourse. Moon holds a Master in Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (’01), and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan. He is currently faculty in the Architecture Department at Cornell University and is a licensed architect in the Netherlands and New York.


Ada Tolla is a founding partner of LOT-EK. She has a Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita’ di Napoli, Italy, and has completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University, New York. Besides heading her professional practice, she currently teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York. She also lectures at major universities and cultural institutions globally.

LOT-EK has achieved high visibility 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 also recognized for the use of technology as an integral part of architecture, for addressing mobility and transformability in architecture and for working across art and architecture.  LOT-EK’s projects have been published in national and international publications, magazines and books, including The New York Times, The London Times, Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Domus, A+U, Wired, Metropolis, Mark and more.


LOT-EK’s monograph, Urbanscan, was published by PAP in February 2002. LOT-EK Mixer, by Edizioni Press, was issued in 2000 and MDU Mobile Dwelling Unit, published by DAP, was printed in June 2003.


In December 2011, Ada Tolla was recognized as USA Booth Fellow of Architecture & Design by United States Artists (USA).


Definition Series: House v. Home

Thursday March 19, 2015


Definition Series: House v. Home

March 19th at 7 PM


How are ever-increasing housing prices transforming the experience of the city? Will we ever be able to feel private again as our devices are literally monitoring our steps? What does “home” mean, when public housing is a thing of the past, and domesticity a marketing gimmick?


Under such pressures, the very meaning of home is being redefined: as a war target, as a data factory, as a financial commodity. The book SQM: The Quantified Home (edited by Space Caviar, and produced for the 2014 Biennale Interieur in Belgium) gathers a number of leading authors to explore how ideas of house, home, domestic space have changed over the last hundred years.


The editors and some of the contributors of SQM presented their own definitions of these terms, engaging with the public in a discussion over the manifold and conflicting meanings of the place we call home.



Andrea Bagnato, Gabrielle Brainard, Ignacio González Galán, Joseph Grima, Alexandra Lange, Joanne McNeil, Jacob Reidel, Susanne Schindler


Gabrielle Brainard is an architect, currently practicing with SHoP Architects in New York City. She edited Perspecta 41: Grand Tour, and contributed to the show “Some True Stories” at Storefront in 2008.


Ignacio González Galán is an architect and historian based in New York. He recently co-authored the project “Cinecittà Occupata” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is the chief curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 "After Belonging" with the After Belonging Agency.


Alexandra Lange is a design and architecture critic, and author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton, 2012). She writes  regularly for Dezeen, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and several other publications. 


Joanne McNeil is a writer from New York. Her work has been published in Art and the Internet (Black Dog, 2014), as well as various magazines including the Atlantic and Frieze. She is writing a book on privacy and Internet culture, and is currently in residence at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center.


Jacob Reidel is an architect at Ennead Architects in New York City. He is a founding editor of CLOG journal, and was assistant curator of OfficeUS at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennial. He contributed to the show “Some True Stories” at Storefront in 2008.


Susanne Schindler is an architect and writer focused on the intersection of policy and design in housing. She teaches at Parsons and Columbia, and is lead researcher of House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate, a multi-year project of Columbia’s Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.


Joseph Grima was formerly director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, and editor of Domus magazine. Since 2013 he leads Space Caviar, a design research office based in Genoa, Italy. He is director of the next Ideas City: New York, and co-director of the forthcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Andrea Bagnato is an architect and researcher at Space Caviar, and a graduate of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London. He was managing editor of SQM: The Quantified Home, and is currently in charge of publications for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

SQM:  The Quantified Home

Editors:  Space Caviar (Joseph Grima, Andrea Bagnato, Tamar Shafrir)

Book design:  Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)


Texts by:  Rahel Aima, Aristide Antonas, Gabrielle Brainard and Jacob Reidel, Keller Easterling, Ignacio González Galán, Hilde Heynen, Dan Hill, Sam Jacob, Alexandra Lange, Justin McGuirk, Joanne McNeil, Alessandro Mendini, Jonathan Olivares, Marina Otero Verzier, Beatriz Preciado, Anna Puigjaner, Catharine Rossi, Andreas Ruby, Malkit Shoshan, Bruce Sterling


Publisher:  Lars Müller Publishers

Language:  English

Published in:  2014

Format:  Softcover with wallpaper dust jacket, 304 pages, 140 images

ISBN:   978-3-03778-453-2

Storefront Salon: Militarized Metropolis - The Life and Death of Public Space

Friday February 27, 2015

Hosted by Mabel O. Wilson and Bayeté Ross Smith

Storefront Salon: Militarized Metropolis - The Life and Death of Public Space
A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images. Protestors lay down in Grand Central Station during a protest.




Militarized Metropolis – the Life and Death of Public Space

Friday, Feb 27th, 5pm-6pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture Gallery Space, 97 Kenmare St.


In the era of Occupy, clashes between the public and the police have become routine civic encounters in the downtowns of New York, Hong Kong, London, Istanbul, Athens, Madrid, and many other global cities. These protests followed the tumultuous months of civil disobedience in the central squares and streets of cities involved in the Arab Spring: Cairo, Tunis, Manama, and Tripoli.


In the US, media attention has been sparked by recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the murder of unarmed black youth Michael Brown by a white police officer. Protests were greeted with the brute force of armed National Guard, state troopers, and local police. In New York, the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD inspired indignation and public outcry in the form of marches and gatherings in downtown Manhattan.


Revolutionary Frantz Fanon observed in the mid 20th century that institutions of education, work, church, and family maintained the moral order of capitalist society, which in turn lightened the task of policing. At the same time, in Europe’s colonies, the policeman and the soldier served as “instituted go-betweens, the spokesmen of the settler, and his rule of oppression.” The police and the soldier maintained contact with the native and advised him “by means of rifle butts and napalm not to budge.”


How do we make sense of increased violence the public spaces of our cities? Does the escalation of a militarized police enact the will of the state’s power, and if so, for whom and against whom? Do the surveillance apparatuses of CCTV cameras, bollards, metal safety barriers, guard booths, and a host of other architectures of security move beyond securitization to deaden civic protest? Is the protest tactic of the “die-in” emblematic of a militarized public space?


Join us for our first Storefront Salon to discuss the intersections between urban violence, public space, civic protest, and the security state in our cities today.



Mabel O. Wilson: award-winning designer and scholar; Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP


Bayeté Ross Smith: artist, photographer, and educator; Associate Program Director for KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative)



Bayeté Ross Smith is an artist, photographer, and educator living in New York City. He began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation. Bayeté has exhibited widely at many prominent arts and cultural institutions. His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield England, the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam the Netherlands and the L.A. Film Festival. He has also been involved in a variety of community and public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The Laundromat Project, Alternate Roots, the city of San Francisco, the Hartford YMCA and the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency.

Bayeté’s accolades include a FSP/Jerome Fellowship, as well as fellowships and residencies with the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Kala Institute, Berkeley, California, the Laundromat Project, New York, NY and Can Serrat International Art Center, Barcelona, Spain.

His photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002); SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Working Mother Magazine.

As an educator, He has taught on the collegiate level and mentored youth through community based art programs. He has worked with the International Center of Photography, New York University, Parsons, the New School for Design, the California College of the Arts, and numerous K-12 and college level courses. Bayeté is currently the Associate Program Director for KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), a violence prevention non-profit organization in New York that has a partnership with Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.



Mabel O. Wilson is an award winning designer, scholar, and educator. Her collaborative design practices (KW: a and Studio &) have worked on speculative and built projects. The (a)way station, in the collection of SFMoMA, received a design award from ID Magazine and has been exhibited widely. Her practice has been a competition finalist for several important cultural institutions including lower Manhattan’s African Burial Ground Memorial (with Dean Wolfe Architects) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture (with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.) The Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and SF Cameraworks have exhibited her installations. She is currently compiling the rich photographic archive from her book Progress and Prospects into an experimental exhibit and database as part of the Visible History Project. She is also developing an urban history database for use through mobile technologies by residents of Accra, Ghana.


Mabel is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. She teaches courses in architectural design, architectural theory, and visual cultural studies. Her seminars examine a range of subjects including raciality and architectural discourse; space and the politics of cultural memory and history; and theories of time, cinema and databases. Her architectural design studios utilize methods of parametric data-mining and visualization to explore urbanization, new technologies, and globalization in African cities and systems of aggregation and material expression. She received a doctorate in American Studies from NYU (2007), and an M. Arch from Columbia’s GSAPP (1991). As the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor at GSAPP, she directs the program for Advanced Architectural Research, co directs the Global Africa Lab, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies in GSAS.

Her scholarly research investigates space and cultural memory in black America, race and visual culture, and new technologies and the social production of space. Her essays have appeared in numerous journals and books on critical geography, cultural memory, visual culture, and architecture. Her recent book, Negro Building – Black Americans and the World of Fairs and Museums, studies how the spaces of world’s fairs, emancipation expositions, and grassroots public museums became sites to imagine Afro-modernity.


About Storefront Salon:

Storefront Salon is a monthly intimate and informal gathering at Storefront’s gallery to promote dialogue connecting art and architecture to broader contemporary issues. These facilitated discussions are open to everyone, and will bring together Storefront's members, network, and the community to discuss and dissect the role of culture in the most recent and relevant public debates.


The first discussion of Storefront Salon will be ‘Militarized Metropolis – the Life and Death of Public Space’ facilitated by Mabel O. Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, and Bayeté Ross Smith, Associate Program Director for KAVI. 


Stay tuned for upcoming dates and discussion topics.

Screening Series: Critical Caribbean / La Feria Concreta

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Screening Series: Critical Caribbean / La Feria Concreta
Photography by Fausto Fontana

UNA MIRADA, DOS REALIDADES , a video installation created for the Pavilion of the Dominican Republic at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture


Una Mirada, Dos Realidades (One Look, Two Realities), directed by Corinne van der Borch, examines the current and historical context surrounding the fairgrounds of the Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre (Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World) in Santo Domingo. The fair, staged in 1955 by the dictator Rafael Trujillo to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his rule, reaffirmed architectural modernist tropes in its structures and overall master plan. The architecture of the fair facilitated the presentation of the country as a regional and global power.


Today, the fair’s structures are used both as the home of many of the country’s most powerful governmental bodies, but also by informal vendors during the day and illicit enterprises at night. The film captures the variety of types of occupation through personal interviews, and displays the transition of the fairgrounds from day to night. The inherent dualities and contradictions evident on the fairgrounds represent the unique national identity of the Dominican Republic. The film was an integral part of the inaugural representation of the Dominican Republic at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture.


Drawing upon the representation of the contradictory nature of a country often omitted from the global architectural and design discourse, this panel will discuss the challenges of presenting the Dominican Republic, the success (or failure) of the film and the exhibit to do so, and the manner in which we define the country through a critical regional perspective.




Corinne Van der Borch, Director of Una Mirada, Dos Realidades


Shohei Shigematsu, Executive Producer of Una Mirada, Dos Realidades


Christy Cheng, Executive Producer of Una Mirada, Dos Realidades


Patricio del Real, Curatorial Assistant of the upcoming exhibit at MOMA, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980


Deepak Lamba-Nieves, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at Brown University; Chair of Economic Development Research at the Center for a New Economy in Puerto Rico


Sachi Hoshikawa, Commissioner of the Dominican Republic Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture


Corinne Van der Borch is the Director of Una Mirada, Dos Realidades. She is a visual artist and award-winning Dutch documentary filmmaker. Corinne is based in New York, where she received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She established Wondertime Films in order to create ‘ordinary magic,’ by collecting intimate stories and visuals that could otherwise easily go unseen, using the camera as her notebook. Mentored by experimental filmmaker Alan Berliner and the pioneer of Direct Cinema Albert Maysles, her work has screened in Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam, New York, and Los Angeles. She collaborated on short-film projects with architects Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu (SO-IL) and photographer Iwan Baan. Her feature length documentary Girl with Black Balloons, about the oldest living resident of the Chelsea Hotel, won the Grand Jury Metropolis prize at DOC NYC in 2011. 


Shohei Shigematsu is an Executive Producer of Una Mirada, Dos Realidades. He joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. He has led the OMA office in New York since 2006 and is responsible for OMA's operations in North America. Under his direction, the New York office has overseen the completion of Milstein Hall at Cornell University as well as the construction of the Quebec National Beaux Arts Museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach. Shohei has also led numerous collaborations with artists, including a seven-screen pavilion in Cannes with Kanye West, the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art in upstate New York, and a studio renovation for artist Cai Guo Qiang in New York. Most recently, Shohei led the winning competition designs for residential towers in Coconut Grove in San Francisco, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles, a tower in Sao Paulo, and a new civic center master plan in Bogota, Colombia. Shohei is currently a Design Critic for Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Christy Cheng is an Executive Producer of Una Mirada, Dos Realidades. She is a New York-based architect, writer, and editor who received a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Christy has held positions as an architect at a number of offices, including OMA, where she was a key member of several architectural and research-based projects. She has also worked at the artist Ai Weiwei’s architectural design firm, Fake Design, in Beijing. She currently works independently on a variety of scales and types of projects. Christy has taught graduate level architectural studios at Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, and CUNY. She is a registered architect in New York and California.


Patricio del Real holds a PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Columbia University, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has taught and practiced in the United States and Europe, as well as in Chile where he lived in the early 1990s. He has taught design-build architecture studios in the US and participated in the construction of informal structures in Havana, presenting his research on contemporary vernacular practices in Cuba at the International Biennial of Architecture in Havana. He co-edited an anthology, Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories, recently released by Routledge. Patricio is currently working at the Museum of Modern Art on an upcoming exhibition on modern architecture in Latin America.


Deepak Lamba-Nieves is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University's  Watson Institute for International Studies  and Churchill J. Carey Jr. Chair of Economic Development Research at the  Center for a New Economy  (CNE) in Puerto Rico. His current research interests focus on transnational migration, international development, hometown associations (HTAs), economic and social policy, and transnational ethnography. Deepak’s dissertation project examines the links between migration, development processes, and transnational transformations. It is based on six years of field work in Boston, New York City, and the southern region of the Dominican Republic.


Sachi Hoshikawa was the Commissioner of the Dominican Republic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014. Sachi is an architect and real estate advisor. She holds a Master of Design Studies in Real Estate Finance and Development from Harvard University, a Master in Engineering from Kyoto University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña.  Her interdisciplinary qualifications in design, engineering, and business have led her to participate in numerous international development projects. She is the Founder and CEO of Miliú, an investment, acquisition, and development firm in the New York metropolitan area that operates like a studio, in which research, creativity, and innovative design are intrinsic elements of all processes. Sachi has been a visiting design critic at Columbia University and the Oslo School of Art and Architecture, as well as a contributor to the architecture magazine Kenchiku Notes.

Supercollider Situation

Thursday December 18, 2014 – Thursday December 18, 2014

Supercollider Situation

Supercollider Situation

Thursday, December 18, 7pm


An evening of collaborative improvisations and solo intercessions performed by a group of sound artists, programmers and musicians form the New York Supercollider Meetup. From ethereal to cacophonous, performers presented a gamut of textural and tonal explorations of this unique sonic structure comprised of 8 audio channels running through 10 transducers resonating into "Situation NY," Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY's site-specific installation. 


About Supercollider

The New York Supercollider Meetup is a monthly forum for learning and collaboration around music and sound art created using the Supercollider programming language. The group has been meeting for about 4 years, and is made up of sound artists, programmers, musicians and producers of various backgrounds. Anyone interested in Supercollider is welcome to join our group, from beginners to experienced practitioners.




Daniel Palkowski has been a New York based composer and performer since 1976. He has created content for Voyager, MacMillan Digital, Disney and Harper Collins among others. Performances worldwide. He has a CD, Electria (available wherever digital downloads are sold), and a vinyl, Asterism (1985). He has been a video and audio specialist at Ernst & Young since 1997, and composer/sound designer for the online Snidetv video series. His compositions regularly appear in concerts by Composers Concordance, and the International Street Cannibals. 


Dave Britton is a neuroscientist working on brain-computer interfacing. In the past he has been CTO of Internet companies and developed business applications software. He collaborates with visual artist Jack Ox on the Virtual Color Organ project. He plays flute in Irish traditional music sessions, and plays shakuhachi for personal meditation. His current SuperCollider programming project uses his EEG brainwaves to interactively create music in real-time performance accompanying his playing acoustic wind instruments.


David Reeder is a media arts software developer who combines software design with music composition, sound invention and inter-media installations. He is co-organizer of NYC SuperCollider and author of Dansemuse, an effective, lightweight, easily configurable software library that translates movement into Open Sound Control messages. As a musician, David has performed at the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik and in New York including the Brooklyn College International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. His compositions have been performed in cities around the US. 


Nicholas Colvin is a musician, technologist and hacker, co-organizer of NYC Supercollider and Monthly Music Hackathon NYC. He is a percussionist as well as computer musician and synthesist, and performs with Gamelan Kusuma Laras at the Indonesian Consulate. In computer music, his primary focus is algorithmic composition and real-time improvisation using novel digital music interfaces.


About the installation: Situation NY

Reflecting on the contemporary conditions emerging between the digital and the physical realms, the collaboration of Winderen and Fornes collapses sound, light and form in an object with intrinsic sensorial behaviors, inviting visitors to question the properties of matter and the built environment surrounding us. The installation is a vibrating sound experiment that aims to transform the architecture into animated sensible form. Conceived as a sound object that absorbs and contrasts the site specificity of the Storefront Gallery with abstract, spatial, formal and acoustic variations and compositions, Situation NY raises questions about context, sensorial readings, estrangement and the uncanny tangentially resonating with contemporary debates around the ontology of objects.     



by Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY

Fabrication by



Commissioned by 

Storefront for Art and Architecture


With the support of 

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


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