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, events, competitions, publications, and projects is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries.
Storefront for Art and Architecture is an institution committed to the advancement of innovative and critical positions. Our program of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and special projects provides an alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, ideological, and geographic boundaries. Through its physical and digital platforms, Storefront provides an open forum for experiments that impact the understanding and future of cities, territories and public life.
Storefront was founded in 1982 by Kyong Park as an experimental forum and exhibition space for activating and engaging emerging voices and promoting public discourse around issues effecting, influencing and
challenging the built environment. The organization presented its first program, Performance A-Z, on September 18,1982. The inaugural exhibition included a series of 26 consecutive nights of performances by 26 artists.
Since the launch of inaugural Performance A-Z, Storefront has continued to shape itself as a platform for emerging ideas that lie at the intersection of art and architecture, and for open dialogue and innovative exchange beyond and across borders, backgrounds and ideologies, addressing issues from new technology to the social and political forces that shape the built environment. Throughout its history, the organization has investigated critical social issues such as homelessness(1985), gender identity (1994), public housing (1984), and has responded to geopolitical and economical conflicts and movements such as the Gulf War, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Occupy Wall Street movement (2011) from a design perspective, while offering emerging artists and architects the opportunity to present new ideas and exhibit innovative work. Over one thousand internationally recognized artists and architects have shown at Storefront, includingPeter Cook, Diller+Scofidio, Tony Feher, Dan Graham, Coop Himmelblau, Alfredo Jaar, Kiki Smith, Lebbeus Woods, Enric Miralles and Carme Pinós, Eyal Weizman, Bjarke Ingels, Didier Fiuza Faustino among many others.
Through its commitment to spatial experimentation and innovation, Storefront remains one of the only platforms focusing primarily on the intersection of architecture, art, and design.
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