Ad Subjects Architects to Ridicule

Wes Anderson has directed a series of AT&T commercials that feature the busy lives of various professionals. As a fan of his work, I was excited that one of the commercials features an architect. The commercial moves frame by frame through the busy life of a partner of the fictional firm, “Lea Nakamura Architects.” Dressed in black with thick-framed glasses, she oversees everything from design development through construction. At first watch, I thought the commercial celebrates architects; it even makes a statement about gender equality by featuring a woman in power. The more I watch the ad, however, the worse she — and the profession — looks.

With each frame, disasters appear. Her design team is not living up to her standards; the architect-of-record confuses an elevator for a chimney; a cement order was cancelled on the job site; there are electrical problems. The architect deals with each situation in a blasé, not-my-problem kind of way. It seems as if everyone is scampering to get the job done, and meanwhile the architect is sitting on a stool with her cell phone brushing them all off. In the end, the project gets done (it’s a white, rectangular room), and the viewer is left questioning what the architect actually accomplished. Yes, she is aware of all the issues because she is able to communicate with everyone on her phone, but she hasn’t solved any of the problems.

This ad is uncalled for to say the least. When the ad should commend architects for handling the various sticky situations on job sites, and AT&T should sell the phone as a way to help architects handle disasters, it makes them look foolish instead. So much for progress.

In this issue:
·Louis Armstrong House Museum Expands Across Lot
·21st Century Tools Revamp Metropolitan Museum of Art
·CyberDoorman At Your Service
·The Alexander Rises in Midtown
·Institute’s a Matter of NanoScience
·Louisville’s Slugger of a Skyscraper
·A Housing First for Greater Boston


Louis Armstrong House Museum Expands Across Lot
After a national search, NY-based Caples Jefferson Architects has been selected to design the Visitors Center for the Louis Armstrong House Museum (a NYC and national historic landmark) in Corona, Queens. The Visitors Center is across an empty lot, donated to Queens College in 1986 by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, from the museum. In 2006, NY State awarded Queens College and the City University of New York (CUNY) $5 million to design and construct the center, and this July the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs awarded an additional $5 million to the project. Expected to open in three years, the new center will offer concerts, lectures, exhibitions, community events, and other services and programs.


21st Century Tools Revamp Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Following a $75 million, three-year renovation and complete reconfiguration by CT-based Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art re-opened. The 25,000-square-foot center includes the museum’s first art study room designed for teaching with original artworks, studio facilities, and a lecture hall. All classrooms and lecture rooms are equipped to document and archive lectures and presentations, and to support distance-learning and video-conferencing. High-speed communication networks will enable students, artists, and teachers to have access to educators, students, and other museums worldwide. The firm has directed the master planning for the museum since 1967.


CyberDoorman At Your Service

441 E. 57th St.

441 East 57th Street.

FLAnk

Positioned in an enclave between two circa 1920’s brick co-op buildings on Sutton Place is 441 East 57th Street, now under construction by design/developer firm, FLAnk. When completed in 2008, the luxury 15-story residential condo will contain four duplexes, a triplex, and a penthouse. The building boasts light from three sides, with a façade edged in anodized metal in fritted glass, employing 51 panel typologies totaling over 1,500 framed “puzzle pieces.” Amenities abound in this “smart” building — including entries controlled by a “CyberDoorman” that is operated via a key fob or biometric thumbprint reader.


The Alexander Rises in Midtown

The Alexander

The Alexander.

Sydness Architects

The Alexander, a 24-story, 88-unit luxury residential building, designed by Sydness Architects, is under construction on the corner of Second Avenue and 49th Street. To respect the scale of the residential block’s masonry-clad, low-scale buildings, a 19-story curved glass tower bookended by panels of tan-colored terra cotta will rise from a five-story podium. Shops will comprise the podium’s first two glass-clad levels, with large terraced apartments on the next three levels clad in deep red terra cotta panels. The building is scheduled to open in 2009.


Institute’s a Matter of NanoScience

CNSI

The central courtyard of California NanoSystems Institute.

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Rafael Viñoly Architects reports the December opening of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) on the UCLA campus. Located on the Court of Sciences, CNSI is a seven-story building housing laboratories for nanotechnology, a multidisciplinary field addressing the control of matter on a molecular level. The building is partially below grade and is sited on a narrow, steep lot adjacent to a parking structure. At first considered an obstacle, the parking structure became inspiration for the design with three floors constructed over part of it. The entrance lobby connects the parking structure to the research floors through a zigzag network of suspended bridges and stairs in the building’s central courtyard, realizing the client’s goals of interdisciplinary cooperation and socialization.


Louisville’s Slugger of a Skyscraper

Museum Plaza

Museum Plaza.

REX

Construction has begun on Museum Plaza, a $490 million tower in Louisville, KY, that will transform the city’s skyline. Designed by NY-based REX, the 62-story skyscraper combines the arts, commerce, and residences in one cultural center with 165 luxury condominiums, 300,000 square feet of class-A office space, a 260-room Westin Hotel, and the University of Louisville Master of Fine Arts program. An island, located 24 stories up, will be a hub of activity with a 35,000-square-foot, world-class contemporary arts center, a luxury spa, pool and fitness center, a condo club, ballroom, restaurants, and retail. In addition, the plaza will feature a new three-acre public park with connections to the Muhammad Ali Center and riverfront.


A Housing First for Greater Boston

303 Third Street

303 Third Street.

Cetra/Ruddy

NY-based Cetra/Ruddy recently celebrated the topping out of 303 Third Street in Cambridge, MA, the first residential community in the Boston area marketed with the University Residential Community at MIT (URC). The 605,000-square-foot project consists of 292 residential apartments and 167 co-ops, sited around a landscaped courtyard reminiscent of the university quads of Harvard and MIT. The apartments are marketed exclusively to the URC community consisting of Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital faculty, staff, and alumni. Cetra/Ruddy designed amenities one would find “on campus” including: a club/library; flexible meeting spaces for lectures, community activities, and business meetings; and a private dining club.

In this issue:
·Policy Report: AIANY Wants to Put the Governor Back in Governors Island
·AIA Partners with Energy Star
·DOB Raises Construction Standards
·Middle School Students Green Their Future
·Demystifying the ARE IV


Policy Report: AIANY Wants to Put the Governor Back in Governors Island
AIANY has signed onto the attached letter drafted by the Governors Island Alliance to Governor Spitzer regarding funding for Governors Island. This letter is timely as the budget-drafting season has begun and the design competition results featured in this summer’s exhibition The Park at the Center of the World: Five Visions for Governors Island at the Center for Architecture are expected in the next couple of months. The Alliance is also drafting a similar letter to Mayor Bloomberg.


AIA Partners with Energy Star
The AIA is an official partner with Energy Star®, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote energy efficiency. Formed in 1992, Energy Star has become a household name for labeling office equipment and home appliances. More recently, Energy Star has also begun to label residential and commercial buildings that meet certain efficiency requirements as well.

By signing on as an Energy Star Partner, the AIA will track its own headquarters’ energy performance, update Energy Star on its efficiency progress, develop a plan to improve energy savings, and spread the word regarding energy efficiency and its benefits to AIA members and components, according to AIA’s EVP/CEO Christine McEntee.

In addition, the AIA will continue to support the Energy Star Challenge, a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency in the nation’s commercial and industrial buildings by at least 10 percent. The AIA will participate in a special Energy Star Challenge for Architects, which will culminate at the 2008 AIA National Convention in Boston. In 2007, 23 firms submitted 32 buildings that earned the Energy Design Intent label.

Visit the Energy Star website for more information on Energy Star Partners or the Energy Star Challenge for Architects.


DOB Raises Construction Standards
Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, has given a progress report on the Special Enforcement Plan to raise the bar for construction standards citywide. Announced by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in July, Phase I of the Enforcement Plan outlines measures to form new multidisciplinary enforcement units, focuses resources on identifying and holding repeat offenders accountable, and increases oversight of the professional certification program. Under Phase I of the Enforcement Plan, $6 million was allocated to the Buildings Department to create new staff lines to support the department’s new multidisciplinary enforcement model. Of the 67 enforcement positions, the Buildings Department is still accepting applications for 19 positions as it continues its recruitment drive. For more information, go to the NYC Department of Buildings website.


Middle School Students Green Their Future

Sustaining the City

A student drafts an idea for a green building using modified LEED guidelines.

Courtesy Michelle Dezember

Event: “Sustaining the City” series for middle school students
Location: The Center for Architecture, 10.06.07 & 10.27.07; The Skyscraper Museum, 10.13.07; The Cloud Institute, 10.20.07
Organizers: Center for Architecture Foundation; openhousenewyork; The Skyscraper Museum; The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts

In PlanNYC 2030, Mayor Bloomberg emphasizes the need to plan and create a city in which we want our children to live 25 years from now. “Sustaining the City” was a collaborative program hosted by the Center for Architecture Foundation, openhousenewyork, The Skyscraper Museum, and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education that challenged middle school students to dictate their own future and play a part in creating awareness about environmentally sustainable building design.

Every Saturday in October a group of eight 10-14-year-olds explored the needs of large buildings and how to minimize their environmental impact. In addition to receiving in-depth tours of each institution, students took a private tour of the Battery Park City Authority’s The Solaire, traced the life cycles of sustainable and non-sustainable buildings, and studied architectural design. The program culminated in each student creating a model containing sustainable methods and materials. Projects incorporated green roofs, considered alternative transportation (i.e. bike storage), and integrated energy conservation and efficiency. Some students were interested in creating solar panels, or even harnessing wind and water as energy sources with wind turbines and greywater systems.

The main challenge the students faced was not only attempting to design functional buildings, but also to meet as many of the standards found on a modified LEED checklist. “Designing and building the building was very, very hard,” commented one of the budding architects. “I learned about green building. I have never seen or heard of one before.” Most students found themselves struggling with challenges similar to those architects face in designing green structures. But in the end participants were proud to present their models to their parents, who were arguably the proudest members in the room.


Demystifying the ARE IV
Due to popular demand, the Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee and the Round Table Committee have scheduled another session to discuss challenges and anxieties about the licensing exams. The panel on 11.28.07 will feature Roberta Washington, FAIA, and Margot Woolley, AIA, members of the NY State Board for Architecture Registration; former board member Sarelle Weisberg, FAIA, will moderate. Click the link for more information and to RSVP.

Calling All Architects: Your Community Needs You!

Architects, urban designers, and planners are needed on NYC’s 59 Community Boards to provide knowledgeable and experience-based input on development and planning, land use, zoning, and service delivery issues. Every board has 50 members, a budget, district manager, and staff to represent the voice of its community. The Borough President makes all appointments — half are unilateral, and half are upon recommendation by city council members. The next round of applications are due in January 2008 for Fall 2008 membership. For more information about the position, go to Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer’s website. If interested, contact your Borough President’s Office and the office of your local city councilmember, also.

Perkins Eastman has acquired Basler Mosa Design Group and The Liebman Melting Partnership. Principals making the transition include Shawn Basler, AIA; Ibrahim Mosa; Theodore Liebman, FAIA; and Alan Melting, FAIA, AICP

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will receive a special honor at the New York Housing Conference (NYHC) and National Housing Conference (NHC) 34th Annual Awards Luncheon in December…

Slovenian artist and architect Marjetica Potrc will serve as a fellow at the The New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics for the 2007-08 academic year…

Joanne M. Minieri has been named president and chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner Companies… IA Interior Architects announced that Jennifer Hatton has been promoted to Director of Global Business Development and David Bourke, AIA, Managing Principal, has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer… Swanke Hayden Connell Architects has named Robert Vail Cole, AIA, a principal of the firm…

10.11.07: AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation hosted Heritage Ball 2007 at Chelsea Piers. With a sold-out crowd, this year’s “academy awards of architecture” did not disappoint. Mayor Bloomberg received the 2007 Center for Architecture Award for his contribution to improving NYC through the Department of Design + Construction’s Excellence Initiative. George H. Miller, FAIA, AIA vice president and partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners was honored with the 2007 President’s Award. Joan K. Davidson, Hon. AIA, President Emeritus of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and president of the Fund’s Furthermore program received the 2007 AIANY Chapter Award. And the 2007 Foundation Award was presented to Architecture for Humanity.

Heritage Ball 2007

(l-r): Heritage Ball dinner chair Douglas Mass, PE, LEED AP, Cosentitni Associates; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY executive director; Linda Yowell, Center for Architecture Foundation president; Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, 2007 AIANY president; award recipient George Miller, FAIA, AIA vice president; Erin McCluskey, executive director for the Center for Architecture Foundation; award recipient Joan K. Davidson, Hon. AIA, president emeritus of the J.M. Kaplan Fund; and award recipients Cynthia Barton and Cameron Sinclair, Assoc. AIA, director and founder of Architecture for Humanity.

Neelesh Jetwa

Heritage Ball 2007

Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, 2007 AIANY president, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Neelesh Jetwa

Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg receiving the 2007 Center for Architecture Award reciprocally celebrated architects for their contributions to NYC.

Neelesh Jetwa

Heritage Ball 2007

Richard Hayden, FAIA, managing principal at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects with Fanny Gong, AIA, of Fanny T. Gong Consulting Services.

Neelesh Jetwa

Heritage Ball 2007

(l-r): Andy Frankl, president of Ibex Contruction; Sophie Stigliano, director of exhibitions at the Center for Architecture; Dieter Schoellnberger, associate at TEN Arquitectos.

Neelesh Jetwa

Heritage Ball 2007

Guests of Costas Kondylis & Partners enjoying the dinner program.

Neelesh Jetwa

Heritage Ball 2007

Heritage Ball centerpieces were made by students during Center for Architecture Foundation programming.

Neelesh Jetwa

10.11.07: After the Heritage Ball, hundreds of architecture enthusiasts gathered at the Center for Architecture for the Party@theCenter sponsored by Kawneer.

Party@theCenter sponsored by Kawneer

Party@theCenter attendees were greeted with gift bags from sponsor Kawneer.

Neelesh Jetwa

Party@theCenter

(l-r): Damian Mendoza; Nektarios Ioannidis; Kahisf Saleem; Franklin Ortiz; Violeta Petijevic.

Neelesh Jetwa

Party@theCenter sponsored by Kawneer

Illya Azaroff, Assoc. AIA, New York NOW exhibition designer, with Harold Feldman, president of Live Wire Enterprises and exhibition underwriter.

Neelesh Jetwa

Party@theCenter sponsored by Kawneer

Party@theCenter partygoers.

Neelesh Jetwa

Saskia Sassen

Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, greets Saskia Sassen at the 10.23.07 Emerging NY Architects Committee This Will Kill That? book series. Sassen spoke about her book Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblage. See Gauging the Shifting Global Environment to read about the event.

Katerina Kampiti

Cornell University Team

At the 2007 National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Design Awards Banquet, Cornell University design competition winners (l-r): Diana Lin, Gary He, Max Davis, Clayton Henry, Wilma Lam, Oscar Hernandez-Gomez, Andreka Watlington, Justin Chu, Alice Lin, Maketa Mabane, Andrew Nahmias, Marvine Pierre. (Missing) Core Team Members: Brandon Bailey, Jeremy Siegel, Andrew Kim, Henryck Hernandez; Production Assistants: Mengni Zhang, Sebastian Hernandez, David Temidara, Julianna Valle-Vellez, Julio Torres, Deimte Dem Princewill, Imani Day, Patricia Ciras, Davis Temidara, Marco Andrade.

Courtesy Cornell University

Skolnick Book Signing

Celebrating the launch of their new book What Is Exhibition Design at Urban Center Books at the Municipal Arts Society 11.09.07 (l-r): Authors Craig Berger, Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD); Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, NY-based Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership; and Jan Lorenc, Assoc. AIA, GA-based Lorenc & Yoo Design.

Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

11.30.07 Submission: BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business
The second biannual awards program honors architects and clients worldwide who best use design to achieve strategic business and civic objectives. Projects must be completed since January 2005 on Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan. Submissions span seven categories: public projects; residential; commercial; planning; historic preservation; green design; and best client. Winners will be featured in Architectural Record China and BusinessWeek China edition, and an awards ceremony will be held in June 2008.

12.14.07 Submission: AIAS/AIA Trust Scholarship Program for Emerging Professionals
This scholarship is intended to assist financially challenged students by paying their tuition and/or other direct educational expenses. The program’s sponsors expect the scholarships to remove some of the barriers to an architecture career. Five scholarships of $750 each will be awarded to students either in the fifth year of an undergraduate professional degree or the first year of graduate professional degree.

12.31.07 Proposals: 2008 Conference Education Proposals
The League of Historic American Theatres calls for proposals for education sessions for the 2008 annual conference and theater tour. Theater managers, other historic theater staff leaders, service providers, and speakers or trainers are invited to submit proposals for sessions reflecting best practices and emerging trends in theater operations, theater programming, management, and defining the field.

01.31.08 Call for Entries: NAHB National Green Building Awards
This year’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) residential green design and construction practices award categories include: Green Building Program of the Year, Green Advocate of the Year, Outstanding Green Marketing Program, and Green Project of the Year. Classifications consist of: Single-Family, Multifamily, Development, and Remodeling. Entrants must be NAHB members. Awards will be presented at a gala dinner during the NAHB Green Building Conference in New Orleans, May 11-13, 2008.

02.01.08 Call for Entries: The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association 2008 Honor Awards
The NTMA awards honor the best terrazzo installations completed during 2007 and are judged on excellence in craftsmanship, idea originality, design intricacy, artistic and faithful reproduction of the architects’ or designers’ drawings, scope of work, and quality of construction materials. Architects, designers, building owners, and others are eligible to submit entries, but an NTMA member contractor must have completed the terrazzo floor.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

November 8 – January 26, 2008

Berlin — New York Dialogues: Building in Context

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Kohn Pederson Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Two of the world’s most dynamic urban centers, Berlin and New York, are making radical transformations in their streets and skylines. Berlin — New York Dialogues investigates the changes in these two cities by looking at the contemporary built environment and mechanisms of urban regeneration: the social, political, economic, and cultural processes that affect building.

As the exhibition delineates, the sustainability of these cities’ neighborhoods is increasingly dependent on a critical mixture of identity, diversification, and infrastructure.

Against a background of data Berlin — New York Dialogues brackets three areas of each city. High-end projects and informal initiatives are featured and made comparable by a set of overarching topics: Culture as Catalyst, Community Activism, Gentrification, Open Space, and Governmental Intervention. Focus is given to the stories and forces behind the projects — the urban context.

Berlin — New York Dialogues is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall as part of Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place November 2-18, 2007.

In partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place in November 2007 celebrating the cultural connectivity between Berlin and New York.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Center for Architecture’s Global City Dialogues series exploring differences and commonalities between distinctive international cultural centers and New York City.

Organized by:

Center for Architecture and the German Center for Architecture DAZ in Berlin

Curatorial Team: Lynnette Widder, Kristien Ring, Sophie Stigliano, Rosamond Fletcher, Lutz Knospe

Research Assistants: Anthony Acciavatti, Elizabeth Snow, Anna Vallye

In cooperation with:
Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Deutsches Haus at NYU,
and Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Exhibition Design & Graphics: Project Projects

Exhibition Architecture: MADE

Commissioned Photography: Noah Sheldon

Underwriter: RFR Holding, Digital Plus

   

Patrons: Eurohypo; IULA
  

Lead Sponsors:

Carnegie Corporation of New York; Tishman Speyer Properties

Supporter:

The German Consulate in New York
Friend: Getmapping


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Thanks to the generous support of the Alfred Herrhausen Society the exhibition will travel to the DAZ (LINK www.daz.de ) in Berlin in March 2008. The exhibition will open on March 7 and be on view through June 2008. An exhibition symposium will take place at the Akademie der Künste on March 8/ 9, 2008.


New York NOW

October 11 – December, 2008

Galleries: Edgar A. Tafel Hall

New York NOW celebrates the diversity of the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture membership by displaying non-juried submissions of member projects. The exhibition will include works of all scales: small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape, and urban design.

The exhibition presents the depth and breadth of professional activity and the variety of its impact. The resulting dialogue between different practitioners encourages a deeper understanding of what is happening in the New York architecture and design world now.

Exhibition Design: Illya Azaroff + the design collective studio

Underwriter:

Exhibition organized by the AIA New York Chapter


Architecture Inside/Out

September 19 – December 8, 2007

Galleries: Gerald D Hines Gallery, Street Gallery, Public Resource Center

Architecture Inside/Out demonstrates the unfolding of space by exposing architectural interiors through a range of typologies with an inward focus, including libraries, hotels, retail and work spaces. This exhibition challenges conventional categories and explores alternative typologies. The design of interiors has evolved into a complex and nuanced problem and addresses circulation patterns, use and adjacencies, sociologies of hierarchy and networks, and sustainability. The fully integrated interior considers light, color and materiality, but also new ways of programming space, the latest technological advances, innovative methods of construction and green practices.

Traditional representations such as section, plan and elevation, in addition to models and details will provide a lens to reveal inherent characteristics of featured interiors, exposing materials, structure and spatial relationships. Architecture Inside/Out takes the familiar architectural conventions and places them parallel to alternative ways of seeing and revealing. When these alternative methods of understanding space are applied to typologies, they provide views of the interior that shed new light on familiar places.

Curator:
Lois Weinthal, Director of Interior Design, Parsons

Exhibition Design: Freecell

Graphic Design: Language Arts

The exhibition and related programming are organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter’s Interiors Committee and the Center for Architecture Foundation.

Underwriter: AFD Contract Furniture

Patron: Certified of New York

Lead Sponsor: Zumtobel Lighting

Sponsor:: BBG-BBGM; Spartech Corporation; STUDIOS Architecture



  

  

Supporter:

Jack L. Gorden Architects; Perkins + Will

Supporters:

InterfaceFLOR
Knoll
Mancini Duffy
Perkins + Will
Steelcase
STUDIOS Architecture


Exhibition Announcements

Canstruction

More Than Just “TwoCANS” Feeding by Gensler.

Darris James

Through 11.21.07
Canstruction

Bring a can of food and feast your imagination! Teams of architects, engineers, and contractors were given one night to build structures out of canned and boxed food for the 17th Annual Canstruction competition, organized by AIANY, the Society for Design Administration, and the New York Design Center. The cans will be donated to City Harvest, and since its inception, 10 million pounds of food have been donated to aid in the fight against hunger.

New York Design Center
200 Lexington Avenue, New York


Land Grab

“Prairie” from Skurvognsmorfologier, 2006

Pernille Skov and Søren Holm Hvilsby

Through 12.22.07
Land Grab

The artworks on view explore the process of claiming and naming a piece of land. Contrary to work in the 1960s and 1970s that considered unused or abandoned territories as blank slates, every piece integrates socioeconomic, historical, and political contexts.

Apexart
291 Church Street, New York, NY