Storefront Soho, NYC: 26 nights of performances by 26 artists
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Storefront Soho. September 18, 2012
Storefront Soho, New York city. September 18, 2012 marks the 30th Anniversary of Storefront for Art and Architecture. The organization presented its first program, Performance A-Z on September 18, 1982 at its original Prince Street location, now a Soho boutique. The inaugural exhibition included a series of 26 consecutive nights of performances by 26 artists including Billy Bell, Paul Boyd, Yoshiko Chuma, Ken Friedman, Claire Fergusson, Ilona Granet, R & V Gerlovin, Richard Hambleton, Angela Hans, Barbara Held, Kwok Mang Ho, Horizontal Vertical Band, Teching Hsieh, Dragan Ilic, Aigars Kildiss, Phoebe Legere, Hugh Levick, We-Lo, Sandra McKee, Stephen Paul Miller, Des Refuses, Eric Schmidt, RL Seltman, Arlene Schloss, Carolee Schneeman, and Tzvia Stein.
Since its first exhibition, Storefront for Art and Architecture has continued to support innovation in the field and new approaches to the creation and presentation of artistic work; stimulating greater discussion of design topics, furthering the development of new ideas and enacting change in the ways in which we interact with our built environment. In 1985, Storefront moved from Prince Street to its current location, a triangular ground level space at the intersection of Kenmare and Lafayette Street, bordering SoHo and Chinatown in lower Manhattan.
As part of the organization’s 30th Anniversary, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present The Critical History Project, a conference, an exhibition, a film and a book that work together to understand the role of Storefront for Art and Architecture in the construction of architectural discourse within the last 30 years. The project aims to reevaluate the past, scope, impact and residue of the most relevant projects undertaken by the institution and assess the present and future role of alternative positions within the field of architecture. Both retrospective and projective through a critical examination of and by artists, architects, academics and scholars, the project will begin in January 2013 with the Critical History Project Conference. The exhibition, publication and film will be presented in Spring 2013.
Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization that advances innovative positions in art, architecture and design. The organization was founded in 1982 by Kyong Park and run by Park, along with the contemporary artist Shirin Neshat until 1998. The organization has since been led by Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima and is currently run by Eva Franch I Gilabert.
****Storefront for Art in Architecture’s exhibitions programs are made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; by its Board of Directors, members and individuals.