Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in New York.
March is New York Art Fair month. If you, as I, love architecture AND art, this month will be busy. But if you can overcome the buzz, the flair, and the glam of the art world at its maximum volume, you might discover some architecture shows and events that need some attention.
Let’s start from home. As Associate Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture, I must suggest, encourage, and kindly invite you all to visit our next exhibition, opening in March at Storefront’s gallery: Control Syntax Rio, a project curated and designed by Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Mark Wasiuta on the networks and politics of surveillance in the contemporary city. The installation, coming from the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, presents Rio de Janeiro as the ultimate example of our metropolitan reality, between imminent catastrophe and massive urban data-management.
If you want to follow the thread of the impact of architecture in developing countries, don’t miss the always glowing pictures of Iwan Baan at Architecture of Independence - African Modernism at the Center for Architecture, curated by Manuel Herz. The exhibition, derived from a book, is also the foundation for a series of parallel events, including a conversation with Mr. Baan on March 15th.
To finish the month with good taste, go uptown on March 30th for the opening of Liam Young: New Romance at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, the first U.S. solo exhibition of the surprising and unclassifiable work of the architect Liam Young. His use of narrative, fictions, and new technologies is remarkable. Watching his films one discovers the effectiveness of storytelling in communicating architectural research.
March has also a good roster of public events. Some of them address the work of a young generation of architects. As part of the always informative Emerging Voices series organized by The Architectural League, we can find, among others, the work of two elegant, sophisticated, and personal offices. From Mexico City, Frida Escobedo; from the Bowery, Leong Leong. Both firms have a meteoric career behind and a bright future ahead.
A more obscure but important discussion will follow the screening of Tim Slade’s film, The Destruction of Memory at the event “Architecture, War, and the Erasure of Identity” at the Parsons School of Design. The film, based on a book by writer Robert Bevan, reflects on the role of architecture in the construction—and destruction—of identity in conflict zones.
Finally, on March 20th, I will not miss the opportunity to be at Columbia University GSAPP for the lecture by Point Supreme, a peculiar, visually fueled, “collagey” firm founded in Rotterdam in 2008 by Konstantinos Pantazis and Marianna Rentzou, now based in Athens.
Remember: Go see exhibitions. See you in the galleries!