Wednesday, December 18, 2019 / 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Archive on View:
Thursday, December 19 – Friday, December 20 / 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
With presentations by Francisca Benítez, Beatriz Colomina, Farnoosh Farmer, Claudia Gould, Lauren Kogod, Parker Límon, Cosimo Pori, Tal Schori, Amie Siegel, Anthony Vidler, and Aleksandra Wagner
On Wednesday, December 18th, Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts a holiday gathering in the gallery space to celebrate the launch of our digital archive, which consists of documentation from the organization’s 37-year history in the form of historical newsprints, rare publications, foundational texts, exhibition materials, and more. The digital archive is part of an ongoing archive project that began in 2015, and has been spearheaded by Storefront’s Archive Curator, Chialin Chou.
At the event, key figures from Storefront’s past and present will present curated selections from the digital archive in order to resurface some of the organization’s most memorable moments since its founding. The selections are curated by: Francisca Benítez, Beatriz Colomina, Claudia Gould, Lauren Kogod, Tal Schori, Amie Siegel, Anthony Vidler, and Aleksandra Wagner.
From the evening of Wednesday, December 18th through the end of the day on Friday, December 20th, Storefront’s digital archive will be available to browse in the gallery space, alongside newsprints and publications from our exhibition history and artworks from past events for sale.
Guests are welcome to browse Storefront’s digital archive, view the online selections by guest curators who participated in the public launch of the archive, and pick up some artwork for holiday gift giving. A reminder that all members of Storefront receive 10% off of select artwork and publications. To learn more about membership, see here.
We invite you to toast with us to the holiday season and to Storefront’s past, history, and future of experimental and critical programming about the built environment and the ways in which we inhabit it.
About the Archive Project
As one of the first alternative spaces in New York City dedicated to presenting innovative and provocative work at the intersection of art and architecture, Storefront has accumulated an archive documenting its diverse and influential program of over 280 exhibitions and events dating from its founding in 1982. Featuring the work of more than 1,500 architects, artists, and designers (including Nam June Paik, Dan Graham, Mary Miss, Diller + Scofidio, Lebbeus Woods, Kiki Smith, Petra Blaisse, Carolee Schneemann, Coop Himmelblau, and more), this material contains a collection of original artwork, as well as over 115 cubic feet of proposals, correspondence, photographs, audio-visual media, and publications that together constitute a unique and underrepresented collection of narratives in contemporary cultural production and design.
The goal of Storefront’s archive is to significantly improve stewardship of and public access to Storefront’s collections. As a public design resource, the archive serves as a platform for research, ongoing programming, and collaborative partnerships with other resonant collections and organizations. The organization and digitization of Storefront’s archive has been made possible through the generous support of many funders; please see below for the full list.
Learn more about Storefront’s archive project and access the digital archive here
The digitization of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s archive is made possible by a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The archive has also received generous support from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department; the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR); and Mr. Robert M. Rubin.
Photo: Performance A-Z, Storefront’s first program at its original location on Prince Street.