Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in New York.
As we emerge from the end of the school year and embark on the outset of the summer months, the change in season is bringing with it some transitions in key events around New York City. Some of those events are closer to my new academic home.
The Cooper Union’s spectacular Annual Student Exhibition is a tradition that goes back many decades. Composed of the work of students from all three disciplines of study – Architecture, Art, and Engineering – the exhibition exposes some of the key pedagogical experiments and explorations that are part of the ethos of this great institution. This year, the show is poignantly paired up with a reconstruction of the Jan Palach Memorial outside the Foundation Building. The Memorial was designed by the late John Hejduk, founding Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture who launched many groundbreaking pedagogical exercises for which the institution is known.
Not far away, across the East River, MoMA PS1 will be hosting their annual Young Architects Program. Lumen, the winning proposal by Jenny E. Sabin will debut on June 29 and remain installed for the entire summer. Also at MoMA PS1 is the site-specific installation Meeting, one of James Turrell’s Skyspaces, which invites audiences to reflect on the sky, captured from within the blade-crisp edge of Turrell’s frame.
Uptown, the Guggenheim will be celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with many public programs throughout the month, starting with a day-long celebration on June 8th that includes an architecture tour. Also at the Guggenheim, make a reservation to visit the first realization of Doug Wheeler’s PSAD Synthetic Desert III. Originally conceived in 1971, this anechoic chamber of sorts takes the audience far from any visual or sensory reference points.
Away from the bustle of the city, Philip Johnson's Glass House awaits in New Canaan, Connecticut, with Hilary Lewis as its newly appointed Creative Director, and a recently renovated Sculpture Gallery. Composed of a series of pavilions conceived over the many decades of Johnson's evolution as a provocateur, the bucolic campus has now become a living outdoor museum, with a promenade through the many eras of Johnson's career.