AN selects seven more upcoming exhibitions you shouldn’t miss

An edited photograph of a Bronx County Building by Marc Yankus, 2019. (Courtesy ClampArt)

It’s that time again! AN has rounded up another list of the top architecture, design, and art exhibitions open or opening over the next couple of months. The exhibitions below dive into the lives of lesser-known figures in architecture, uncover hidden histories and explore the importance of identity and place.
Check them out below:

Revealing Presence: Women in Architecture at the University of Illinois, 1874-2019

An installation view of a large-scale timeline showing the names of the female students and faculty members of the University of Illinois’ architecture school. (Courtesy Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
500 East Peabody Drive Champaign, IL 61820
September 26 through October 12, 2019

Mary Louisa Page was the first woman to earn an architecture degree in the United States in 1878 from the University of Illinois—the school offered its first architecture course ten years prior. Revealing Presence showcases the breadth of work that women have contributed to the built environment through a chronological presentation of historical data and images. Spanning the course of 145 years, the show reveals the growing representation of women in the architectural profession over time through the inclusion of a timeline illustrating the increasing number of female faculty and students at the University. Women currently comprise over 40 percent of architecture graduates. 

Marc Yankus: New York Unseen

A photograph of a civic building in New york city looking straight on. All people, traffic, and other distractions have been photoshopped out of the photograph to show only the building.

A photograph of a Bronx County Building by Marc Yankus, 2019. (Courtesy ClampArt)

ClampArt
247 West 29th Street Ground Floor New York, NY 10001
October 3 through November 16, 2019

Marc Yankus is a New York-based photographer with over 40 years of experience capturing historic buildings, streetscapes, and abstract compositions found when one looks closely at the built environment. In his sixth solo show at ClampArt, Yankus exhibits a series of photographs that continue his investigation into the buildings of New York City. Through his expert use of Photoshop, the artist removes all of the distractions that come with urban life—traffic, pedestrians, and noise—providing a glimpse into a New York “unseen.” The result is a collection of prominent city buildings seemingly frozen in time. 

Housing Density: From Tenements to Towers 

A photograph of a museum gallery filled with architectural models on a table and photographs on the wall.

An installation view from the exhibition Housing Density: From Tenements to Towers at the Skyscraper Museum in Manhattan. (Courtesy the Skyscraper Museum)

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place New York, NY 10280
On view through December 2019

This new exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum takes a look at the history of residential development in New York City throughout the twentieth century. By examining the approaches to private, public, or publicly-assisted housing, the guest curators Nicholas Dagen Bloom and Matthias Altwicker aim to sort out the different meanings of density over time and how they have shaped the ways residents live in the city today. 

Given contemporary debates on infilling NYCHA projects and up-zoning neighborhoods, the exhibition hopes to inform some of these discussions by offering a clear illustration of urban density through historical projects. Some of the projects examined include models of communities such as Tudor City and London Terrace, early NYCHA projects such as the Queensbridge Houses, and large-scale postwar projects such as Stuyvesant Town.

Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America

A photograph of an architectural model sitting on a podium in a white-walled gallery. Photographs, drawings, and other works of art are featured on the walls and on other podiums throughout the space.

Installation view from Resident Alien, a show featuring the work of Austrian-American architects at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. (David Plakke/Austrian Cultural Forum New York)

Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
September 25 through February 17, 2020

Curated by Stephen Phillips and Axel Schmitzberger, Resident Alien, explores the cultural contributions of Austrian-American architects on modern, postmodern, and digital design culture over the past century. The exhibition is organized into five form-driven categories—Cloud Structures, Aggregate Self-assemblies, Media Atmospheres, Primitive Domains, and Urban Terrestrials—as a way to investigate how bicultural heritage has informed formal, technological, and psychoanalytic architectural discourses. Architects and designers that will be featured include Rudolph Schindler, Victor Gruen, Hans Hollein, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and Frederick Kiesler, among 27 others. 

Lucy Sparrow’s Delicatessen on 6th

A pile of colorful foods with smiley faces and eye balls, completely made out of felt.

Lucy Sparrow specializes in objects and installations completely handmade out of felt. (Courtesy Rubenstein)

Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10111
October 1-20, 2019

Presented in partnership with Art Production Fund as part of the “Art in Focus” Public Art Program, Lucy Sparrow’s interactive installation is opening at Rockefeller Center this week. The British artist has become well known for her felt art pieces and this exhibition marks the sixth installation in her felt shop series. The installation is set to resemble a New York City “upscale deli” with every item—from chocolate to fruit, cheese and fish—all handmade out of felt. All of the items in the fine food shop will also be available for purchase. 

Off the Wall: Harold Mendez

A portrait photograph of a young man standing in front of numerous tools hanging on the wall inside of a wood workshop

Harold Mendez at Tiffany Hollowware workshop for 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art. (Courtesy Rice University)

The Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
61 Main Street Houston, TX 77005
September 21 through August 24, 2020

Rice University’s Public Art series “Off The Wall” has commissioned a series of site-specific installations by recent graduates of the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art. Each installation is scheduled to be on view for a year on the south wall of the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion, a modern structure designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. The inaugural artist in the series is Harold Mendez, an artist whose work integrates photography and sculpture as a way to explore identity, place, and geography. 

Mendez received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has since been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, among others.

Entre Deux Actes (Ménage à Quatres)

1014 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028
November 6-8 at 7:00 PM
November 9-10 at 5:00 PM

Co-commissioned by Performa and 1013 and co-produced with The Kitchen, this collaboration between artist Nairy Baghramian and choreographer Maria Hassabi will be inhabiting a Fifth Avenue townhouse for five nights this November. The building, originally built in 1906, will serve as the stage for an intimate performance that takes cues from the qualities of the domestic environment. The work aims to “probe the interplay of architecture and gender while teasing out fantasies,” according to The Kitchen.

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