Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street , New York
New York, United States
Email: info@storefrontnews.org
Phone: +1 212.431.5795
Website: http://www.storefrontnews.org/
closed on: Sundays, Mondays, and during exhibition set up
Museum Type: Cultural centers
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Storefront for Art and Architecture is an organization and a gallery in New York City devoted to the promotion of contemporary art, architecture, and design.


History, architecture, and programs

Founded in 1982 by Korean-born American architect and artist Kyong Park, Storefront for Art and Architecture is a non-profit organization that develops temporary exhibitions, live performances, conferences, lectures, seminars, competitions, screenings, and special events. For its entire history, the organization has been promoting emerging figures in various creative fields with particular attention to those working on the intersections and cross-contamination of art, design, and architecture.

Located in Lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, the Storefront gallery is the public venue of the institution. It was designed in 1993 by architect Steven Holl and artist Vito Acconci as a very peculiar street-level wedge-shaped space, with a triangular footprint from 1-meter to 7-meter (3,2 to 23 feet) wide.

The gallery features an ingenious facade, made in fiber-reinforced concrete, whose pivoting panels make it possible to “open” the building and expand its interior on to Kenmare street’s north sidewalk, thus creating a permeable space in which private and public realm combine.

Therefore, despite the narrow shape of the gallery and the limited floor area available, the peculiar structure of the Storefront allows artists to create site-specific installations that creatively play and interact with the architectural and urban framework they are located in.

Today, the Storefront for Art and Architecture has become a reference point in the United States and the world’s cultural scene. The institution, along with its physical venue in New York, also runs a digital platform and organizes a diverse program of traveling exhibitions, special events, and pop-up venues in various locations across Europe and the Americas. The NY gallery also includes an archive, focused on art and architecture. accessible on appointment.


Image Gallery

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Storefront for Art and Architecture while hosting the exhibition Measure (2015); photo by Brett Beyer

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Steven Holl and Vito Acconci, Storefront for Art and Architecture, plan and south elevation

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The facade on Kenmare St. after being restored in 2008; photo courtesy of Pernilla Ohrstedt

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Photos by Paul Warchol, courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

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The Storefront gallery facade fully closed; photo: Peter Guthrie

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Photo by Lauren Manning

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Allard van Hoorn, 007 Urban Songline, 2012, installation views; photos courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture

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Exhibition: Haas&Hahn, Painting Urbanism. Learning from Rio, 2011, installation views; photos courtesy of Brett Beyer

Cover image: photograph: wsifrancis


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