Beyond Borders

Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center will host 2016 Storefront for Art and Architecture auction

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Denise Scott Brown, Las Vegas Every-Day Architecture, Unknown (original c. 1966) (via Artspace)
Denise Scott Brown, Las Vegas Every-Day Architecture, Unknown (original c. 1966) (via Artspace)

It is almost time for the annual Storefront for Art and Architecture spring benefit and auction. This year’s event is taking place at the Eero Saarinen*-designed Trans World (TWA) Flight Center, soon to close this year, and slated to reopen as a hotel in 2018. But first, to make sure you’re up to speed, a little bit about the Saarinen space at the JFK airport: a New York City landmark, the 1962 terminal head house has been closed since 2001, the same year American Airlines acquired Trans World Airlines (the original terminal airline). The Saarinen head house underwent a renovation, while portions of the surrounding terminal were demolished to make way for the Gensler-designed terminal that opened in 2008.

The Storefront auction on May 8 will be the last public event in the terminal before redevelopment. The theme this year is BEYOND BORDERS, which the Storefront defines as:

“In the space of the border, architecture intersects with dilemmas of flow, control, identity, and belonging. The scale of such dilemmas ranges from geopolitical to liminal. Borders, as lines of division between political, social, ecological, and moral issues, are subtle and ubiquitous protagonists in the poetics of daily life. They absorb the desires that exist on the margins of the legal and the possible”.

In addition to the Denise Scott Brown photograph above, here is a sampling of the diverse pieces in the silent auction.

Anna Karlin, Arc Light, 2016 (via Artspace)

Anna Karlin, Arc Light, 2016 (via Artspace)

Ania Jaworska, Where's the Knife?, 2015 (via Artspace)

Ania Jaworska, Where’s the Knife?, 2015 (via Artspace)

Clement Valla, Postcard from Google Earth (33°52'37.94"N, 118°11'21.36"W), 2013 (via Artspace)

Clement Valla, Postcard from Google Earth (33°52’37.94″N, 118°11’21.36″W), 2013 (via Artspace)

Apparatus, Neo Vessel, 2015 (via Artspace)

Apparatus, Neo Vessel, 2015 (via Artspace)

*For those on the west coast and want to check out an Eero Saarinen project, there is one in the Pacific Northwest. Saarinen designed an Oregon monastery library at Mount Angel Abbey in 1970. You can see a crossover between his light filled architecture and practical industrial design sensibilities carried through from the site placement down to the arrangement of study spaces.

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