Storefront for Art and Architecture
13-06-06 e-flux (servicio de noticias on-line)
2006 Annual Benefit
In Honor of Dan Graham
and Terence Riley
and to bid farewell to Storefront’s outgoing Director Sarah Herda
Date: Monday, June 19, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
Details: Cocktails and light fare. Festive attire.
Music selected by Dan Graham.
This year Storefront will pay tribute to Dan Graham and Terence Riley, two individuals who have made invaluable contributions to local and international art and architecture communities. We will also bid farewell to our outgoing director of eight years, Sarah Herda.
Both Graham and Riley have been involved with Storefront’s activities throughout its twenty-three year history. Graham’s 1986 exhibition Exhibition of Environmental Aesthetic was the inaugural show at Storefront’s 97 Kenmare space, and Riley’s work was featured in one of the first architecture shows at Storefront in 1983: Portfolios in Architecture: Display of Drawings and Portfolios by Young Architects.
Dan Graham is one of the most influential Conceptual Artists who first emerged in the mid 1960s alongside the Minimalists. While the Minimalists critiqued art’s physical context, Graham began to question the art system more fundamentally, and from 1965-69 produced much of his work outside gallery contexts. In the 1970s Graham worked primarily with performance, film, and video. These works evolved into the installations and pavilions for which Graham is most famous internationally. All of Graham’s projects are democratically rooted in everyday urban life and activity, and have included a Skateboard Pavilion, 1989, the Children’s Pavilion, 1989-91 (with Jeff Wall), the Rooftop Urban Park Project for Dia Center for the Arts, New York, 1981/91, the Café Bravo for Kunst-Werke, Berlin 1998, and recently Bisected Triangle Inside Curve 2002 for Madison Square Park in New York.
Graham’s work has featured in four Documentas (1972, 1977, 1982 and 1992) and has been exhibited widely: at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Skulptur Projekte ’87 and ’97, Münster; the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo. Dan Graham’s work is the subject of a major US retrospective scheduled to open in 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and traveling to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Terence Riley assumed his role as Director of Miami Art Museum in March of 2006. In his new post, Riley is developing an ambitious permanent collection strategy and spearheading the museum’s fundraising program, as well as overseeing the planning and development of a new state-of-the-art facility and sculpture garden at Museum Park, a site currently under development in downtown Miami.
Riley was named the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA in 2002, after serving as a chief curator for 10 years. During his tenure at MoMA, Riley played a key role including the successful launching of the museum’s expanded and renovated facility which recently opened to international acclaim. Riley studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University and subsequently founded an architecture practice, K/R, with John Keenen. Riley began his museum career in 1987 while teaching at Columbia. Most recently at MoMA, he organized On-Site: New Architecture in Spain. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to journals and other publications on design, and has served as a visiting critic at numerous schools. He is currently teaching at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Riley has also been involved in many competition juries, including the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon, the Praemium Imperiale, an d the Motown Museum.
Sarah Herda has, since 1998, produced Storefront’s dynamic internationally recognized program, featuring over 40 exhibitions. She joined Storefront after the departure of Storefront Founder Kyong Park, and was instrumental in revitalizing the organization.
Herda is leaving Storefront to become the director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. It is the mission of the Graham Foundation to nurture and enrich an informed and creative public dialogue concerning architecture and the built environment. Founded in 1955, the Graham offers project-based grants which support a range of programs internationally and which annually amount to over one million dollars, in addition to producing a program of exhibitions, lectures, and other events. The Foundation is headquartered in the Madlener House, an historic Chicago
Landmark. Herda is the first woman to hold this position.
Since 1982 Storefront has presented the work of more than a thousand architects and artists who challenge conventional perceptions of space–from aesthetic experiments, to explorations of the conceptual, social, and political forces that shape the built environment. Storefront creates an open forum to help architects and artists realize work and present it to a diverse audience in a program that includes an exhibition, film, publication, and conversation series. In 1993 Storefront commissioned artist Vito Acconci and architect Steven Holl to collaborate on a new façade. The ground breaking project, a series of 13 rotating panels, extends the gallery into the street and brings innovative work to new audiences everyday.
For more information please call 212-431-5795 or see http://storefrontnews.org/events/dialogues.html