“Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge” opens Monday, 08.31.15 at the Seaport.

Center @ the Seaport

We’re excited to announce that the Center for Architecture will be part of the Seaport Culture District starting later this month! The Seaport Culture District is an initiative spearheaded by the Howard Hughes Corporation under the direction of architect and urbanist James Sanders, AIA, to bring together cultural partners in the storied streets of Lower Manhattan. Beginning in August and running through the end of December, the Culture District will offer extensive installations, exhibitions, and programming organized by the Center for Architecture, AIGA/NY, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, HarperCollins Publishers, Eyebeam, Arup, and Art Start.

The Center for Architecture’s temporary space at 159 John Street, designed by the Center’s architect Andrew Berman, FAIA, will open with the exhibition “Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge” on Monday, 08.31.15 at 6:00 pm.

“Sea Level” is a water’s-eye view of New York from its tidal edge documented by photographer Elizabeth Felicella. The panorama begins at Fort Wadsworth, which has, since the Revolutionary War, guarded the city from the easternmost tip of Staten Island, the Verrazano Narrows. It bends 25 miles north, to Fort Totten, the similarly ancient strategic post that stands at the place where the East River ends and Long Island Harbor begins. Along this trajectory, the viewer will see the shore of every borough, along with the raw geography, deep history, and built development that mark and characterize it. Large photographic collages by Felicella will explore the construction of the panorama itself. Essays by Robert Sullivan explore the deep history of the waterfront captured by Felicella’s contemporary photography.

“Sea Level” will be presented on the exterior of a sinuous, curved wall that will be built inside the Center for Architecture’s Seaport location. The interior space will be used to host adult and children’s programs organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with other cultural organizations. During Archtober, New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the space will become Archtober Hall, where it will host a number of programs by the festival’s 50+ partners.

We hope you will join us for the Center’s Seaport opening on 08.31.15, and hope to see you at events throughout the fall and winter!

For additional information on the Seaport Culture District, visit www.southstreetseaport.com, follow the Seaport District on InstagramTwitter and Facebook and use the hashtag #SeaportCulture.