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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Storefront for Art and Architecture

Ever since I have moved to NYC I have always had my eye on this interesting building. I just never knew exactly what it was until today. It is pretty obvious what it is since the name of the storefront, Storefront for Art & Architecture, is stretched along the top.

Because of my career and the name of the storefront, I knew right away we would get along very well. Throughout my three years of walking home and passing this amazing building daily, I have seen it take many shapes and display a great amount of unusual art.

I remember one night in particularly. I was on my way home from dinner with my friend Craig. For some reason we ended up on Seventh Avenue, which we rarely do. I was trying to fit in a quick dinner before the Presidential debate. Of course I was running late. As I was running home, literally, I suddenly found myself at a quick halt. I could not turn the corner because there was a huge crowd of Democrats blocking the entire sidewalk and one lane of the street watching the debate. It was perfect. I didn't even have to go home! I enjoyed a great night, with a great group of people and witnessing history.

Election Night Special - Sleepover at Storefront

To mark the closing of the White House Redux exhibition, Storefront will hold an all-night election vigil in the gallery with live a large-screen CNN projection, 5 cable news channels, blogging stations andwi-fi for blog reading (and writing). The event, organized in association with Control Group, will continue until the 44th President of the United States is announced. Everyone welcome!

Event begins 6pm. Drinks will be provided while they last - BYO food and sleeping bags. Coffee and croissants from Ceci Cela will be served at 7am.

So, what is Storefront for Art & Architecture?

Mission Statement

Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. Our program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.


Almost three decades later, Storefront has maintained an important position among the local, national, and international design communities through consistently innovative and experimental programming, and remains one of New York’s only alternative platforms focusing primarily on architecture and the built environment. Storefront is located in a unique triangular ground-level space on Kenmare Street in the Chinatown/Little Italy/Soho area of New York City. Situated on a major downtown thoroughfare between three radically different cultural sectors, Storefront attracts a diverse audience. Nearly 100 feet long, the gallery tapers from 20 feet to 3 feet at its west end.

The Storefront Facade

In 1993, Storefront commissioned a collaborative building project by artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl. The project replaced the existing facade with a series of twelve panels that pivot vertically or horizontally to open the entire length of the gallery directly onto the street. The project blurs the boundary between interior and exterior and, by placing the panels in different configurations, creates a multitude of different possible facades. Now regarded as a contemporary architectural landmark, Storefrontís faÁade is visited by artists, architects and students from around the world.

Exhibition Program

Storefront most visibly demonstrates its commitment to presenting innovative and provocative work to the public through its acclaimed exhibition program. The format of shows range from single artist site-specific installations, to thematic group shows that address issues from new technology to the social and political forces that shape the built environment. All exhibiting artists are encouraged to engage and experiment with the unusual conditions of the gallery space, from its triangular floor plan to the unique access to the street created by the Acconci/Holl facade. Over one thousand internationally recognized artists, architects and designers have shown at Storefront; these include Peter Cook, Diller+Scofidio, Tony Feher, Dan Graham, Coop Himmelblau, Alfredo Jaar, Kiki Smith, and Lebbeus Woods, among many others.

The Archive Project

In 2003, on the occasion of our twentieth anniversary, Storefront organized and presented “The Archive Project,” a major exhibition that transformed Storefront’s archives into a public exhibition. The archive is now maintained as an ongoing scholarly resource for students, critics, historians and others interested in experimental work in art and architecture over the past two decades. The archive is open by appointment to all interested in art and architecture.

The Storefront recently under went a renovation and to celebrate they had a closing and launch party.

Storefront Closing Party and Launch of the Facade Restoration

On the last evening of Didier Fiuza Faustino's installation (G)HOST IN THE (S)HELL Storefront will host a summer closing party and officially launch the F
acade Restoration.
On July 1, construction work begins on the restoration of Storefront's famed facade designed in 1992 by Vito Acconci and Steven Holl. In late September, the gallery will reopen w
ith a newly-restored exterior and an exciting new season of exhibitions and events.


We have now raised more than half the funds we need to carry out the restoration. Your contribution, however small, will go a long way towards giving this great work of architecture another 15 years of life!
Donors will be acknowledged at the reopening party and on a special-edition newsletter published in September.

Storefront Books
A curated micro-bookshop at Storefront for Art and Architecture

To celebrate Storefront's 25th anniversary, and to reinforce the galleryís ongoing commitment to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries, a curated micro-bookshop opened on the 23rd of January in the east end of the gallery. This is an unusual bookshop, its shelves comprise a careful selection of books recommended by artists, architects, writers, filmmakers and other key figures who have helped shape Storefrontís unique identity over the past 25 years. Storefront Books contains three sections as described below.

Storefront Books CURATED stocks a unique selection of books selected by key figures from Storefronts past and present. Each protagonist has been asked to submit a booklist of + - 10 books.

Toyo Ito
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA
Pedro Reyes
Beatriz Colomina
Vito Acconci
Eyal Weizman

Frederic Tuten
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Steven Holl
Matthew Stadler
Dan Graham

Storefront Books CCA KITAKYUSHU is an Artistsí book seri
es, published by the Centre for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu in Japan. It contains a collection of more than 50 titles by international renowned artist. Each book has been produced to be a work of art in it self. Storefront will be the only retailer in the US of this rare collection. Click here to view the collection.

Storefront Books FEATURED contains publications such as books, catalogues, magazines etc. that have featured at Storefront exhibition events or book launches. Most of these books are signed first editions.

The BLDGBlog Book Launch
Sep 26 2009

Read by millions since its launch in 2004, BLDGBLOG is the leading voice in speculation about architecture, landscape, and the built environment. Now
The BLDGBLOG Book distills author Geoff Manaugh’s unique vision, offering an enthusiastic, idea-filled guide to the future of architecture, with stunning images and exclusive new content. From underground exploration to the novels of J.G. Ballard, from artificial glaciers in the mountains of Pakistan to weather control in Olympic Beijing, The BLDGBLOG Book is “part conceptual travelogue, part manifesto, part sci-fi novel,” according to Joseph Grima of Storefront for Art and Architecture.

“BLDGBLOG is something new and substantially different from anything else I have seen. Secretly, I had always hoped it would become a book. Geoff Manaugh has provided the reader with an excursion into a new world—part digital fantasy, part reality at the intersection of art, architecture, landscape design, and pure ideas. Like the blog, the book is personal, idiosyncratic, and, best of all, incredibly interesting.” Errol Morris, Academy Award-winning director of
The Fog of War and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

On Saturday, September 26, Manaugh will be joined by many of the writers, thinkers, and practitioners whose work is featured in
The BLDGBLOG Book, in a day-long event of back-to-back presentations at Storefront for Art and Architecture. It is free and open to the public.


3:00pm: Joel Sanders

3:30pm: Jace Clayton (live interview)

4:00pm: Richard Mosse
Interview with BLDGBLOG

4:30pm: Mason White
InfraNet Lab

5:00pm: Patrick McGrath (live interview)
Interview with BLDGBLOG

5:30pm: Lebbeus Woods
Interview with BLDGBLOG

6:00pm: Alan Rapp

6:05pm: Geoff Manaugh

6:30pm: Drinks

8:00pm: End

Landscapes of Quarantine
Oct 6 2009
Landscapes of Quarantine is an independent, multi-disciplinary design studio, based in New York City, consisting of eight evening workshops, from October 6 to December 5, 2009, in which up to 14 participants will gather to discuss the spatial implications of quarantine. Quarantine is an ancient spatial practice characterized by a state of enforced immobility, decontamination, and sequestration; yet it is increasingly relevant—and difficult to monitor—in an era of global trade, bio-engineering, and mass tourism.

Studio participants will explore a wide variety of spatial and historical examples, including airport quarantine facilities, Level 5 biohazard wards, invasive species, agricultural regulations, swine-flu infected tourists confined to their hotel rooms, lawsuits over citizens' rights to resist involuntary quarantine, horror films, World Health Organization plans for controlling the spread of pandemics, lunar soil samples, and more.

During the studio, participants will develop individual design projects in response to the problem of quarantine, with guidance and inspiration provided by readings, screenings, group discussions, and an evolving line-up of guest speakers and critics. These projects will then be eligible for inclusion in "Landscapes of Quarantine,” an exhibition hosted by the internationally renowned Storefront for Art and Architecture in early 2010.

By the end of the studio, each participant will have produced a complete design project. This could range from the speculative (plug-in biosecurity rooms for the American suburbs) to the documentary (recording the items and animals detained for quarantine on the U.S./Mexico border), and from the fantastical (plans for extra-planetary quarantine facilities) to the instructional (a field guide to invasive species control).

Landscapes of Quarantine is looking for applicants who are intrigued by the spatial possibilities and contingencies of quarantine, and who already possess the technical skills necessary to produce an exhibition-quality final design project or installation in their chosen medium. We hope to hear from people at all stages of their careers—from graduate school to retirees—and from a wide variety of design backgrounds. We are particularly excited to announce that we have already confirmed a select group of talented participants from fields as diverse as architecture, illustration, gaming, photography, and sound design.

The studio is both unaffiliated and independent (there is no college credit), and it is also free (though applicants will be responsible for all costs associated with producing their final project). We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until Friday, September 18, 2009, or until all studio positions have been filled. To learn more, and to submit an application, please email
futureplural @ gmail with the information listed below.

1) Name

2) Email address
3) Telephone number(s)
Please indicate the best time to reach you
4) Mailing address
5) Education
• University/college name and country
• Dates attended
• Degree
6) Current affiliations and/or employment
7) 50-word (maximum) bio
8) Publications and/or personal blog
9) Portfolio
Attach a PDF of no more than 8 pages, or supply a link to online work
10) 300-word (maximum) statement of interest in the topic of quarantine
11) Candidate’s declaration
By submitting your application, you declare the following:
• I certify that the work submitted is entirely my own and/or my role is clearly stated
• I declare that all the statements I have provided are correct
• I agree that, if accepted into the studio, I will participate fully, attend all studio meetings unless previously discussed with the studio directors, and produce a finished final design project
12) Email addresses for two references

Landscapes of Quarantine is produced and organized by Future Plural, a project-based, independent design lab launching in October 2009 from a temporary base in New York City. Future Plural is Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG) and Nicola Twilley (Edible Geography).

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