People’s Gardens: Walking Tour with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space

Saturday November 12, 2022


Adam’s House in Paradise, 1984. Photo by Glenn Weiss. Storefront for Art and Architecture.

 

Saturday, November 12

2:30pm – 4pm

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

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Storefront for Art and Architecture, in partnership with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, invites you to join a walking tour of community gardens in Lower Manhattan. Led by Bill Di Paola and Marco Lanier from MoRUS, the walk will begin at Storefront’s gallery at 97 Kenmare Street and will culminate at La Plaza Cultural on East 9th Street in the East Village, meandering through six other sites along the route. Each of these gardens hold historical and political significance as places of resistance in the struggles against increasing real estate expansion and austerity. Stops include:
 
1. Elizabeth Street Garden
2. Liz Christy Garden
3. Garden of Eden Site
4. Children’s Magical Garden
5. 6B Garden
6. Carmen’s Garden
7. La Plaza Cultural
 
As a living history of urban activism, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) chronicles the East Village community’s history of grassroots action. It celebrates the local activists who transformed abandoned spaces and vacant lots into vibrant community spaces and gardens. Many of these innovative, sustainable concepts and designs have since spread out to the rest of the city and beyond.

 

This event has a limited capacity. Please RSVP to join us for this special afternoon.

 

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Support 

Storefront’s 40th Anniversary program is made possible through the support of the Graham Foundation, the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Storefront Circle and Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

Members Event: The Architects by Amie Seigel at The Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday October 25, 2022

Amie Siegel, The Architects, 2014. © 2014 Amie Siegel

 

Tuesday, October 25

4:30pm 

The Museum of Modern Art

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY

 

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Join us for a viewing of The Architects with artist Amie Siegel at The Museum of Modern Art. As a special event for our Storefront Members, Siegel will host an intimate conversation around this piece. 
 
The Architects, originally commissioned by Storefront for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of OfficeUS, is a film that cuts transversely through the city of New York, moving through ten architecture studios, unveiling the operational territories and landscapes of global architecture production. The piece was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art and is currently on view in the Philip Johnson Galleries. 
 
If you would like to join and are not yet a Storefront member, please sign up here, or contact us at members@storefrontnews.org.
 
Note to members: This event has limited capacity. Please RSVP by Friday, October 21st
 
Amie Siegel works variously in film, video, photography, sound, sculpture, and installation. She is known for her meticulously constructed works that trace and perform systems of value, examine relationships between objects, materials, and spaces, and expose the plasticity of the moving image through sound and performance. The artist’s current and recent exhibitions include The Silence, ArkDes, Stockholm (2022); Bloodlines, Scottish National Museum Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2022); 34th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; (2021); Medium Cool, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2019); Winter, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2017); Strata, South London Gallery (2017), Double Negative, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2016) and Ricochet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2016). Siegel has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm and the Guggenheim Foundation and a 2021 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award recipient. She lives and works in New York City.

Artist Talk: Tehching Hsieh – One Year Performance (1981-1982)

Wednesday October 26, 2022

Wednesday, October 26

6:30pm – 8pm

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

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In the context of our 40th anniversary exhibition Public Space in a Private Time, artist Tehching Hsieh will share his experiences about One Year Performance (1981-1982). This seminal durational performance, where he spent an entire year living outdoors, concluded during Storefront’s inaugural program Performance A-Z in 1982.
 
This conversation by Hsieh, in dialogue with Storefront’s director José Esparza Chong Cuy, is an opportunity to delve deeper into the year preceding the opening of Storefront. Hsieh and his work offer a window into the politics of public space around the Lower Manhattan of that era.
 
For this particular performance, Hsieh spent a full year living outside and moving around New York while documenting his daily experience. He pledged never to enter any building or form of shelter during the entire duration of the piece. 
 
Performance A-Z was organized by Storefront’s founders, Kyong Park and R.L. Seltman, and artist Arleen Schloss, as a 26-day sequence of performances by New York-based artists — one for each letter of the alphabet. On the ninth evening, corresponding with letter I, Storefront’s community gathered outside of Hsieh’s apartment to witness the conclusion of his year-long performance piece. 
 
Please RSVP to join us for this special evening.

 

Tehching Hsieh was born in 1950 in Nan-Chou, Taiwan. Hsieh dropped out from high school in 1967 and took up painting. After finishing compulsory military service (1970-73), Hsieh had his first solo show at the gallery of the American News Bureau in Taiwan. Shortly after this solo show, Hsieh stopped painting. He made a performance action, Jump, in which he broke both of his ankles. He trained as a seaman, which he then used as a means to enter the United States. In July of 1974, Hsieh arrived at a small port near Philadelphia. He was an illegal immigrant in the States for fourteen years until granted amnesty in 1988.    

 

Starting in the late 1970s, Hsieh made five One Year Performances and a Thirteen Year Plan’, inside and outside his studio in New York City. Using long durations, making art and life simultaneous, Hsieh achieved one of the most radical approaches in contemporary art. The first four One Year Performances made Hsieh a regular name in the art scene in New York; the last two pieces, intentionally retreating from the art world, set a tone of sustained invisibility. Since the Millennium, released from the restriction of not showing his works during the thirteen-year period, Hsieh has exhibited his work in North and South America, Asia and Europe. Hsieh recent exhibitions Doing Time was presented by Taiwan Pavilion at 57th Venice Art Biennale 2017, One Year Performance 1980-981 was exhibited at Tate Modern, London, in 2017-2018, and MoMa and Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2009.

 

Tehching Hsieh lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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Support 

Storefront’s 40th Anniversary program is made possible through the support of the Graham Foundation, the Ruth Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Storefront Circle and Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

Guided Tour: The Absolute Restoration of All Things

Wednesday May 4, 2022

With Miguel Fernández de Castro and Natalia Mendoza

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
 

RSVPs are kindly encouraged for this event.

 
 
 

Join us for a guided tour with artist Miguel Fernández de Castro and anthropologist Natalia Mendoza as they walk us through their exhibition The Absolute Restoration of All Things at Storefront. 

 

The exhibition unfolds from a 2014 lawsuit that shut down the operations of a gold mine in the Sonoran Desert in the northwest of Mexico. This groundbreaking case, brought to court by the “ejidatarios” (communal land holders) of the mining site claiming that their territory was illegally occupied and exploited, ruled that the mining company was “obliged to fully restore the ecosystem that prevailed in this place, with its hills, mountains, waters, air, flora, and fauna that existed before.”

 

For the event, Fernández de Castro and Mendoza will contextualize the objects on display to hone in on land rights and the limits of the legal language that is meant to protect it. Concepts like the “ejido”, and other forces unique to this territory, will be discussed. 

 

About the Exhibition

The Absolute Restoration of All Things was commissioned by Storefront for Art and Architecture and presents a new film, a sculpture, a photomural, diagrams, and objects from the mining site. Together, these works present a panoramic picture of the expansive devastation caused by the mining industry, alongside the unattainable legal verdict that aims to restore this particular part of the Sonoran Desert.
 
RSVP for the event here.
 
Read more about the exhibition here.
 
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Support
The Absolute Restoration of All Things is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Fundación Jumex.
 
Building Cycles has been made possible through the support of the Graham Foundation, as well as from DS+R; KPF; Steven Holl Architects; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

Form Follows Feeling

Tuesday March 15, 2022

Suchi Reddy in conversation with Beatrice Galilee

Suchi Reddy’s “me + you” at The Smithsonian’s Art and Industries Building. © Alyssa Schukar

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

Suchi Reddy in conversation with Beatrice Galilee

On the occasion of the launch of Form Follows Feeling by Suchi Reddy

 

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Please note that in accordance with New York State regulations, proof of vaccination will be required to enter the gallery space.

 

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Join us for an event to celebrate the launch of Form Follows Feeling by Suchi Reddy, published on the occasion of Reddy’s Plym Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture. The book presents a selection of projects by Reddy’s firm Reddymade and student work from the studio co-taught with host and professor Kevin Erickson. It includes contributions by Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Beatrice Galilee, Isolde Brielmaier, LionHeart, Susan Magsamen, and Michael Spicher. 

 

For the event, Reddy will engage in conversation with curator and critic Beatrice Galilee, with introductory remarks by Kevin Erickson. A new artistic video collaboration with poet, artist, and writer LionHeart will also debut at the event, as an extension of his series of spatial poems written in response to the work of Suchi Reddy. 

 

Form Follows Feeling is edited by Julia van den Hout of Original Copy, designed by Natasha Jen of Pentagram, published by the University of Illinois School of Architecture, and printed in New York by Cosmos Communications. A limited number of copies will be provided to those who attend the event.

 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.

 

Suchi Reddy founded Reddymade Architecture and Design in 2002. Since its inception, the firm has been lauded for its formal experimentation, its imaginative use of color, and passion for innovative materials. Based in New York, the firm’s practice spans the fields of architecture, design, installation art, and sculpture. Through its diverse portfolio of projects, Reddymade utilizes a human-centric approach to design, dedicated to celebrating diversity and equality, as well as addressing the economic, social, environmental and cultural impacts of her work on both the user and the planet.

 

Reddy sits on the boards of the Design Trust for Public Space, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Madame Architect; and she is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors at University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. She was appointed the Plym Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Urbana-Champaign for the Fall 2019 semester. Reddy has presented and lectured on the firm’s work at numerous venues including The Salk Institute for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture’s 2018 conference, University of Illinois, and University of Wisconsin.

 

Beatrice Galilee is a curator, critic and cultural consultant specializing in the field of contemporary architecture and design. She is internationally recognised for her worldwide experience in curating, designing and conceiving original and dynamic city-wide biennales, museum exhibitions, installations, conferences, events and publications, bringing together the world’s most important institutions with cutting edge practitioners. Her research and writing has been published in journals, newspapers and magazines.

 

She is co-founder and creative director of The World Around, a new platform for critical architectural discourse. Between 2014-2019 was the first curator of architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she curated exhibitions and site-specific installations with artists and architects including Wolfgang Tillmans, Cornelia Parker, Luisa Lambri, Bas Princen and Adrian Villar Rojas and initiated the annual conference “A Year of Architecture in a Day”. She has led city-wide exhibitions and biennales in Lisbon, Shenzhen, Gwangju, Milan, Ordos, London, and New York. She received a BSc in Architecture from University of Bath, an MSc in Architectural History from Bartlett UCL and is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art.

Closing Event: Something Broke

Friday November 5, 2021

With DIY silkscreening station and a live virtual performance by the artist

Friday, November 5th, 2021
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
Silkscreen Station: 4 – 7 pm ET
Virtual Performance by Mariela Scafati: 4:30 pm ET
 
$25 requested donation per attendee; free for members of Storefront. Tote bags and t-shirts will be provided; guests can also bring their own (light colored, pre-ironed) items to print. Storefront’s membership program allows us to remain open and is crucial to our ability to present new work in the gallery space and beyond.
 
Please note that in accordance with New York State regulations, proof of vaccination will be required to enter the gallery space.
 
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Join us next Friday for an event to mark the closing of Something Broke: 2011–Windows–2021 by Mariela Scafati.
 
Drawing upon the artist’s installation at Storefront as well as her work as one of the founders of Serigrafistas Queer (Queer Silkscreeners), attendees are invited to learn the method of silkscreening in order to print on t-shirts and tote bags with an original design by Scafati (pictured above). T-shirts and tote bags will be provided by Storefront for the event, and guests can also bring their own (light-colored and ironed) cloth items to print on. At 4:30 pm, a live virtual performance, Kamishibai Windows (presented by the artist in person from ArteBA in Buenos Aires) will be screened from inside the gallery space and on Storefront’s instagram at @storefrontnyc.
 
About the Exhibition
“A self portrait in reds and pinks,” offers Scafati. Something Broke is a diary of the personal and the collective, in the form of paintings that are both poems and protest signs. It’s a window into the artist’s body as a painter, a teacher, an activist, a queer silkscreener, and – as of recently – a mother. It’s a spectrum of visceral crimsons.
 
These reds and pinks emerge from the artist’s bonds of affection through activism, and from an entanglement of art, politics, and life. They are windows that frame the subjectivities of a body that seeks to inhabit other ways of being.
 
Read more about the exhibition here.
 
RSVP for the event here. Please note that space is limited and entry at the door will be on a first come, first served basis. For non-members: to confirm your attendance, you can make the requested donation or renew/join our membership program in advance of the event.
 
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Support
 
With special thanks to Diego Bianchi, curator of the performance program at ArteBA 21.
 
The silkscreen printing station at this event supports Works in Progress, a nonprofit organization that provides printing services and education.
 
Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from BKSK; DS+R; KPF; Steven Holl Architects; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.
 
 

Sandfuture

Tuesday September 21, 2021

Justin Beal in conversation with Felicity Scott

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

97 Kenmare Street, New York

 

Justin Beal in conversation with Felicity Scott

On the occasion of the launch of Sandfuture by Justin Beal

 

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Please note that in accordance with New York State regulations, proof of vaccination will be required to enter the gallery space.

 

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Architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986) remains on the margins of history despite the enormous influence of his work on American architecture and society. That Yamasaki’s most famous projects—the Pruitt-Igoe apartments in St. Louis and the original World Trade Center in New York—were both destroyed on national television, thirty years apart, makes his relative obscurity all the more remarkable.

 

Sandfuture by Justin Beal is a work of literary non-fiction that recounts the life and work of Minoru Yamasaki, told through the eyes of a contemporary artist who considers how objects gain meaning and how (and for whom) architectural history is written.

 

New York City changes drastically after a decade bracketed by terrorism and natural disaster. From the central thread of Yamasaki’s life, Sandfuture spirals outward to include reflections on a wide range of subjects, from the figure of the architect in literature and film and transformations in the contemporary art market to the perils of sick buildings and the broader social and political implications of how, and for whom, cities are built. 

 

Join us for an event with artist and author Justin Beal, in conversation with scholar Felicity Scott, to celebrate the launch of the book. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.

 

Justin Beal is an artist with an extensive exhibition history in the United States and Europe. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in architecture and continued his studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program and the University of Southern California. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, and the Los Angeles Times and is included in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Beal teaches at Hunter College. Sandfuture is his first book.

 

Felicity D. Scott is Professor of Architecture, Director of the PhD program in Architecture (History and Theory), and Co-Director of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Her work as a historian and theorist focuses on articulating genealogies of political and theoretical engagement with questions of techno-scientific, environmental, and geopolitical transformation within modern and contemporary architecture, art, and media, as well as upon the discourses, institutions and social movements that have shaped and defined these disciplines, sometimes evidently, sometimes less so.

Live Performance: A Long Evening with Christian Nyampeta

Wednesday May 26, 2021

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (performance starts at sunset)

97 Kenmare Street, New York

 

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Join us for a live performance by artist Christian Nyampeta to conclude his extended meta-concert at Storefront for Art and Architecture, A Long Evening with Christian Nyampeta.

 

Learn more about the project and see photos here and below.

 

About the Project

A year of social distancing has made time, touch, and gesture elusive. The spaces people inhabit together are increasingly temporal and psychological, rather than physical.

 

This extended meta-concert at Storefront for Art and Architecture spatializes artist Christian Nyampeta’s recent album, An Evening with Christian Nyampeta. Over the course of the last decade, Nyampeta has been making musical experiments as a way to commemorate the shifts caused by major events: the Fukushima nuclear disaster, police shootings, the intensification of tyrannical regimes, and the current pandemic, to name a few. Each track emerges from Nyampeta’s intimate act of seeking the company of artists, musicians, theorists, and other figures. He mixes their ideas with his own and translates these allusive collaborations into sonic compositions. In doing so, he imbues them with what he calls a sociography of emotions, collectivizing personal experiences into structures of feelings.

 

A Long Evening with Christian Nyampeta, like its namesake album, is presented during a brief hiatus in the regular course of operating, born as an impromptu act of solidarity. It stretches that brief period of time that sits between day and night, between public and private, between outside and inside, between what the world is and what it could be. Offering a time zone of respite from the exhaustion, loss, grief, and conflict of our current era, it instead imagines a moment of belonging, joy, generosity, and creation in the face of an ever challenging world. In the process, Nyampeta asks a crucial question that provokes a more hopeful future: how do we rest together? 

 

This event is open to all who would like to attend. Please RSVP here.

Re-Source Closing Event

Wednesday March 31, 2021

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Zoom (link will be provided upon RSVP)

 

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As we close Re-Source, a combined exhibition and benefit that re-opened Storefront’s gallery space in November seven months after the start of the pandemic, we invite members of the Benefit Committee and members of Storefront to join us in conversation with many of the 26 architects and designers whose work was presented in the exhibition.

 

Re-Source participants will share their thoughts and approach on their work and maintaining their practices, as well as how they’re thinking about resources in this unique moment. An open conversation will follow.

 

Learn more about the exhibition, see photos of works, and join the Benefit Committee here.

 

About the Exhibition

Stacks of used plywood, steel studs and pipes, obsolete electronics, broken heaters, and unidentified cables. Boxes with dusty newsprints and stationary, excess light bulbs and fluorescent tube lights, tripod stands, wheels, vinyl banners, carpets, tarps, and sandbags. Leftover paint, glue and epoxy, plastic bags full of nails, screws, hinges and L-brackets, buckets of cleaning supplies, and more.

 

Throughout the years – decades even – Storefront for Art and Architecture has accumulated these and many other objects, tools, materials, and equipment. They took root over time, filling every drawer and corner, and growing exponentially with the perhaps unrealistic expectation that they would be reused in upcoming projects.

 

Now, as a global pandemic demands us all to realign our goals and reimagine our near- and long-term futures, the need for processes of renewal is clear. At Storefront, we take this opportunity to shed old ways of doing and being, and to affirm the need to embrace methods that are ever more thoughtful, responsible, and empathetic.

 

Re-Source, Storefront’s first in-person exhibition since the lockdown, is the beginning of what’s to come. Drawing upon our material and social resources, the exhibition invites 26 architects and designers who have worked with Storefront in its recent history to create new works with leftover and surplus items from our office, gallery, and storage spaces. Through this process, we seek to give new life to the things we hold, and to open up space that is crucial for new ways of working, making, and thinking.

 

At a time when anxiety and opportunity collide, Re-Source also doubles as a fundraising initiative to replace crucial financial resources lost due to the cancelation of Storefront’s annual Spring Benefit. The exhibition is presented as part of our interim program, On Maintenance, which introduces an interjection and a moment of pause in our previously scheduled programming to address the many aspects of maintenance, exploring what it means to both sustain and rehaul our spaces, our social and political systems, and our bodies and minds.

 

Read more about the exhibition, see all the works, and learn more about joining the Benefit Committee here

 

This event is open to Re-Source participants, Benefit Committee members, and members of Storefront. Please RSVP here.

Members Tours of Alien Property and Arabesque with Rayyane Tabet

Monday March 9, 2020 – Wednesday March 11, 2020

Alien Property:

Monday, March 9th, 3:00 pm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY

 

Arabesque:

Wednesday, March 11th, 3:30 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

 

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Storefront for Art and Architecture partners with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to host two exclusive members tours of our respective exhibitions featuring the work of artist Rayyane Tabet. Arabesque (on view at Storefront) and Alien Property (on view at The Met), both draw from Tabet’s research-oriented practice to explore issues of provenance, colonialism, appropriation, and context through personal stories that animate buildings, objects, and personal narratives.

 

These tours are open to members of Storefront for Art and Architecture. Current members, please RSVP below. To join our membership program in order to attend the tours, please email membership@storefrontnews.org.

 

Read more about Arabesque and about Alien Property.

 

RSVP for one or both of the tours here by Sunday, March 8th.