On Sunday, May 8th, Storefront for Art and Architecture occupied TWA Flight Center for BEYOND BORDERS, its 2016 Spring Benefit.
The benefit brought 700 people to the terminal to celebrate and support Storefront. It was the last public event held in the 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed structure before its redevelopment into a hotel begins later this year.
BEYOND BORDERS activated the terminal with a variety of experiences, including a series of virtual and mediated installations, a live auction, film montages and messages, a special photographic commission, global food experiences, portrait and raffle opportunities, and musical performances.
The event reflected upon a growing collective consciousness about spaces of difference and the desire to transcend them. During the evening, Storefront honored photographer and agency Ezra Stoller / ESTO / Erica Stoller, whose photos of the terminal are a reference to the worlds of architecture and photography, as well as architect and activist Teddy Cruz, who has investigated the nuances of the US-Mexico border for decades.
“The border exists only to be transgressed; and isn’t the ultimate aspiration of art and architecture the transgression of our own fears and conventions? This is what Storefront stands for, as a cultural space it has always been at the forefront of cultural debate pushing our creative fields to reinvent themselves.” -Teddy Cruz, honoree.