Korean architect Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies will build a temporary pavilion in New York City this September to host a series of performances to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery.
Called Ring Dome, the pavilion will open in Petrosino Park, next to the Storefront building (below), on 21 September, with daily performances continuing until 16 October.
Below is a press release from Storefront:
NEW YORK, NY - ANNOUNCING A SEASON OF SPECIAL EVENTS TO CELEBRATE STOREFRONT'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
21 SEPTEMBER - 16 OCTOBER: PERFORMANCE Z-A, A PAVILION BY MINSUK CHO/MASS STUDIES AT STOREFRONT FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Twenty-five years ago, in September 1982, Storefront's first public event got underway in its original Prince Street location. Performance A-Z, organized by the gallery's founders Kyong Park and R L Seltman, and artist Arleen Schloss, was a 26-day sequence of performances by New York-based artists. Each of the 26 performers was allocated one evening slot.
The event became a manifesto for the gallery's future programming: as Kyong Park wrote in his introduction, "Storefront supports the idea that art and design have the potential and responsibility to affect public policies which influence the quality of life and the future of all cities."
In late September 2007, Storefront will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a new edition of its first event. Entitled Performance Z-A, this 26-day celebration will be hosted in Petrosino Park, adjacent to Storefront, in a specially built pavilion designed by Korean architect Minsuk Cho.
Organized by the three directors who have led Storefront over the past 25 years (Kyong Park, Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima), Performance Z-A will be an inclusive event involving not only performance artists but also representatives of all the disciplines that have participated in Storefront's program in the past decades: architects, artists, writers, researchers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and more.
For 26 days, from September 21 to October 16, 2007, the protagonists of Storefront's past, present and future will host 26 evening events including performances, concerts, open discussions, film screenings and interviews. Participants will include:
Florian Boehm and Luca Pizzaroni
Center for Urban Pedagogy
Academie Schloss Solitude
Forum for Urban Design
and many more. A detailed program of the final sequence of events will be published shortly on Storefront's website at www.storefrontnews.org
Performance Z-A will be part of a city-wide celebration of the 40th anniversary of art programming in New York City's parks, during which public parks around the city will host installations by a wide range of artists, both emergent and well-known.
ABOUT THE ORIGIANL PERFORMANCE A-Z (SEPTEMBER 1982)
Performance A-Z launched the opening of Storefront for Art Performance A-Z launched the opening of Storefront for Art Performance A-Z and Architecture at 51 Prince Street, its original location. For 26 consecutive nights free live performances by 26 artists, musicians and performers took place in the gallery and on the sidewalk. Teching Hsieh, who upon entering his home ended a year-long performance of living outdoors in New York City, was the only participant to hold his event at another location.
Storefront’s large display window blurred the distinction between inside and outside, performers and audience. Exploring a diverse range of performance art, Performance A-Z participants included the Gerlovins, Carolee Schneemann and Paul Boyd.
Storefront's program is generously supported by:
New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
New York City Department for Cultural Affairs (DCA)
Performance Z-A visiting artists are supported by:
The Graham Foundaion for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Mexican Cultural Institute New York
Japan Foundation New York