Posts tagged with "Storefront for Art and Architecture":
Giant, inflatable dome will host a week-long Democracy Lab at the Brooklyn Public Library this summer
Thank you for the honor. You are honoring a rare species, one which I represent here tonight: that of the independent publisher. Independent imprints used to be the backbone of publishing. Not anymore. In the field of architecture, you will hardly find a handful of them in the United States. I am proud to be recognized for what I do. To publish books with the best architecture schools of this country, with bright scholars, leading institutions like the Storefront for Art and Architecture or the Chicago Architecture Biennial, also with independent editors and authors, is a privilege and counts, even more, when we consider the location and the size of the publishing house. Why should relevant American content be detouring through tiny Switzerland? Ok, it is because of me—but also because of the lack of alternatives. Small presses have been forced out of business or have merged with bigger companies. Small-scale publishing, as part of the diverse book culture we have grown up with, is regarded anachronistic in the present time. This puts me in attack mode. If my business plan doesn't match the standards, it is not necessarily the business plan that is wrong. In my eyes, it would make a lot of sense, in this city and elsewhere, to preserve and strengthen existing structures in the book domain, and help to create new ones, knowing that the medium is far from dying out. This necessarily brings me to the precarious situation of bookstores in New York City. Why do we let them die? How can we give them up if we all confess that many of the most beloved and beautiful books in our bookshelves were unexpected encounters in bookstores? It is difficult enough to convince young professionals of the investment of both time and money in books—and more so if we inhibit the analog experience of sudden encounters. Therefore—if I had one wish—it would be for a landlady or a landlord who would take pleasure and pride in hosting the best-curated bookstore for art and architecture in this city. With her or him, I would gladly share the honor given to me tonight.
As last month's architecture news flurry made clear, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture's inimitable curator and director, is leaving New York for London to lead the Architectural Association (AA) after eight years at Storefront. In response to Franch's imminent departure, the organization's Board of Directors has started the hunt for a new leader.The job description for chief curator and executive director was drafted by select members of the board and released to the public today. (Full disclosure: William Menking, The Architect's Newspaper's editor in chief, serves on Storefront's board.) As pretty much everyone on the New York architecture scene knows, Storefront isn't a staid institution—it's known for curating oddball shows on topics like sex and the built environment, as well as lectures centered on abstruse architectural theory (for the true heads only). Like any nonprofit leader, though, the new director and curator will also have to fundraise in addition to managing Storefront's programming. Per the job description, ideal candidates should have relevant curatorial experience in design, architecture, and art; a strong local and international network in those fields; experience in communications; and the requisite suite of leadership soft skills, like being able to manage a team and not being a grouch or a slacker. Interested candidates have until May 4 to apply. More information on the position can be found at storefrontnews.org.
Dear AA School Community,
We are writing as the AA Search Committee to announce the results of the AA Director election:
1,077 ballots were issued by MiVoice to the AA School Community. 876 votes were cast by the AA School Community, representing a turnout of 81.3% for the election, the highest number of cast votes and one of the highest percentile levels of participation in the last 30 years.
The candidates received:
Eva Franch I Gilabert - 587 votes cast / 67% of the vote
Pippo Ciorra - 154 votes cast / 17.6% of the vote
Robert Mull - 135 votes cast / 15.4% of the vote
We wish to congratulate Eva on her election and receiving the highest majority in a contested election since 1990. We also wish to sincerely thank Pippo and Robert for their candidacy and presentation of their ideas on the AA and the role of the director.
We have advised the AA Council of the election results and requested they proceed with the formal appointment of Eva Franch i Gilabert as the new Director of the AA School of Architecture.