ARCHITECTURE NOW: NEW YORK, NEW PUBLICS
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presents a new exhibition series Architecture Now: New York, New Publics to highlight emerging talent and foreground groundbreaking projects in contemporary architecture.
As the first iteration of the series, this exhibition will explore the ways in which New York City-based practices have been actively expanding the relationship of metropolitan architecture to different publics. Featuring 12 recently completed projects, New York, New Publics will showcase the works of Adjaye Associates, Agency—Agency and Chris Woebken, CO Adaptive, James Corner Field Operations, Kinfolk, nARCHITECTS, New Affiliates and Samuel Stewart-Halevy, Olalekan Jeyifous, Only If, Peterson Rich Office (PRO), SO – IL, and SWA/Balsley and Weiss/Manfredi with ARUP. In addition, each project will be accompanied by a new video by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hudson Lines, produced on the occasion of the exhibition. Architecture Now: New York, New Publics is organized by Evangelos Kotsioris, Assistant Curator, and Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, with Paula Vilaplana de Miguel, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
“The last three years in New York have been marked by the ravaging effects of the pandemic and its aftermath, as well as powerful social and political protests across the city advocating for profound change,” says curator Martino Stierli. “Can this context catalyze the transformation of civic space and the public realm in New York? How can innovative architecture attempt to redress structural inequities and foster social transformation?”
“This first presentation of New York, New Publics is an opportunity to look back at the
architecture produced in New York during a particularly challenging and traumatic period,” says curator Evangelos Kotsioris. He continues, “Our goal is also to highlight projects and practices that go above and beyond their original briefs to prioritize inclusion and participation in the daily life of the city.”
New York, New Publics will investigate a wide array of strategies devised by architects that engage in new ways with New York City’s shared spaces. Ranging from metropolitan parks and networks of public pools to local community gardens and virtual monuments for underrepresented publics, the projects highlighted in this exhibition inventively reimagine the uses of civic infrastructure, the sharing of private resources, and the potential of new technologies to create new spaces for political engagement.
These diverse proposals envision a future in which architecture can play a vital role in
shaping a city that is more accessible, sustainable, and equitable. The larger ambition of New York, New Publics will be to interrogate and expand the notions of publics and public space in a global metropolis like New York. It will seek to engage not only with architects and designers, but also with communities and organizations working to improve public spaces in the city.