New York. Storefront 30th Anniversary Gala

New York. Storefront 30th Anniversary Gala
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NEW YORK, NY. More than 600 people came to celebrate 30 years of Storefront on March 1, 2013 at 5 Beekman.  Director Eva Franch says the night celebrated “an institution that embodies a different way of being and doing, a place to forget our labels as architects, as artists as economists and as writers to become citizens of a world, a larger world that we believe we can change, transform into something else.”

New York. Storefront 30th Anniversary Gala

From left to Right Honoree Steven Holl, Director Eva Franch, Event Co-Chair Linda Pollak and Sf Board President Charles Renfro. Photo by Carly Otness

The night was orchestrated as a journey through time through a site-specific installation of light, food, image, sound and voice within the amazing architecture of the decaying 5 Beekman. The ChronoTaste performance took guests through the most acclaimed and refined dishes of the culinary history of New York restaurants and chefs over the past 30 years. Vito Acconci’s sound piece You are Here (& There, Too, etc,)” revisited Storefront’s history of exhibitions through personal commentaries moving throughout the space. The light installation by Shelly Sabel (Worldstage) animated the building with light narratives all framed with a minimalist composition by Common Space with a continuous recoding of the 1981 song “Telegraph” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. All of this constructed a space for the Thirty Something art auction that included great pieces by artists and architects as well as works from a a special photography project, Visions that highlighted the space itself.

Guests included (to name a few): Honorees Steven Holl and Mary Miss, Storefront Board President Charles Renfro (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), artists Donald Lipski, Ellen Harvey, Louise Lawler, Sarah Oppenheimer, and Daniel Arsham; architects Bernard Tschumi, Toshiko Mori, Paul Lewis (LTL), Lise Anne Couture, Gregg Pasquarelli (Shop), Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, Craig Dykers (Snohetta), Shohei Shigematsu (OMA), Mark Kushner (HWKN), Sylvia Smith (FXFOWLE), Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, Florian Idenburg (SO-IL), Chris Leong and Dominic Leong and a great representation of the most renowned names in theory and criticism including deans and scholars  Alejandro Zaera Polo, Mark Wigley, Barry Bergdoll, Monica Ponce de Leon, Reinhold Martin, Paola Antonelli, Beatriz Colomina, Keller Easterling, and Spyros Papapetros. 

About Storefront

Founded in 1982, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. Our program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.


About the Installations Storefront commissioned 5 projects that were presented at 5 Beekman for its 30th Anniversary Gala. From chronologic readings to heterochronic performances, each project reflected on the notion of time, remembrance and discovery through various senses.You Are Here (& there, too, etc) 2013 by Vito Acconci9th floor – All rooms

You Are Here (& there, too, etc) 2013 is a sound installation by artist Vito Acconci that traces a journey through Storefront’s 30-year history. As part of the piece, Acconci narrates and interrogates the organization’s exhibition history with his own personal commentary. This piece was reproduced and spatialized over an 8-channel audio system spanning the entire 9th floor through engineering, sound design and spatialization by Dave Rife.

Chronotaste by Bite

9th floor – All rooms

1982-2020: Chronotaste presented an archaeological culinary excursion in time, offering 30 dishes throughout the course of the night. Starting in 1982 with Baked Brie and moving through 1985 Artichoke Ravioli, 2004 Steak Tartare and 2013 Shaved Black Kale among others, the food performance took guests through scents and tastes of the last 30 years and into the future.

Visions by Brett Beyer, Cameron Blaylock and Dolan Morgan, Naho Kubota, Janelle Lynch, and Benoit Pailley. 

9th floor – North Gallery

Visions presented five architecture photographer’s “visions” and personal interpretations of the 5 Beekman building. Storefront offered these artists the opportunity to capture the space in its final days of raw intimacy.

Beekman Variations by Shelly Sabel by Worldstage.


A series of lighting compositions brought into life the different architectural elements of Beekman Palace’s spine. Guests traveled through this installation on a visual voyage of 5 Beekman’s 9-story atrium, revealing and constructing a multiplicity of spatial narratives in the core of the building.

Telegraph, by Common Space

Ground floor + 9th floor

Telegraph played on elementary modes of communication incorporating crude technologies, sound and light into a multi-sensory pun. The installation involved a continuous re-coding of the song “Telegraph” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released in 1981.

Thirty Something

9th Floor East Gallery, North Gallery, West Gallery

A silent auction featured pieces by artists and architects whose work and spirit resonates with Storefront’s mission.

More information at www.storefrontnews.org

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10012 New York, NY

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