Opportunity for international architects: Van Alen Institute launches ‘Ground/Work’ competition for new street level space – New York City

May 15th, 2013 by

Image courtesy of Van Alen Institute

May 15, 2013

Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce the launch of Ground/Work, an international architecture competition seeking innovative designs for a new street-level venue to house the Institute’s work space and public programs. “As the Institute prepares to celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2014, we want to become more visible in the public realm,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. “We’re calling on the most talented of today’s young designers to help us think critically and creatively about how Van Alen’s street-level space can shape and activate our public mission.” Deadline for submissions is June 13, 2013.

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David van der Leer announced as new Executive Director at the Van Alen Institute – New York City

March 5th, 2013 by

David van der Leer, photo: Jonathan Bowen, © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

March, 2013

The Board of Trustees of Van Alen Institute announced today the appointment of David van der Leer, effective May 6, 2013 to the position of its Executive Director. Van der Leer’s appointment is the result of a comprehensive international search conducted by executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim and chaired by Stephen Cassell, Chairman of Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees. The search committee included Van Alen Trustees Andrew Darrell, Sharon Davis, and Mark Robbins. Stephen Cassell said of the announcement, “David van der Leer represents a new type of commitment to the public realm that makes urban issues accessible to architecture and design professionals and everyday urban citizens alike. Van Alen Institute welcomes his initiative to develop more national and international competitions, studies, and programs relevant to the understanding of contemporary urban life. Van der Leer’s innovative work, international professional experience, and extensive network make him the ideal candidate to lead Van Alen into a new chapter.”

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Haiko Cornelissen Architecten’s WALL-ALL project part of Guggenheim Museum’s Stillspotting program – New York City

April 28th, 2012 by

Haiko Cornelissen Architecten, WALL-ALL. (c) Alan Tansey. Courtesy the architects.

April 14 – May 6, 2012
Weekends only, see Stillspotting website for dates & times

The WALL-ALL apartment project by Haiko Cornelissen Architecten will be included in the 2012 edition of Stillspotting NYC in Jackson Heights, Queens, a project by the Guggenheim Museum. The WALL-ALL apartment is a renovation project that expands the most important spaces by compressing the lesser used spaces into the apartment walls. Thanks to this unique concept that creates a quiet oasis within the dense urban environment, the apartment has been selected as a Stillspot for the Guggenheim project.

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Solid-Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) program Stillspotting: Transhistoria for the Guggenheim Museum – Queens, NY

April 10th, 2012 by

Jackson Heights aerial photograph, 2011 © 2011 Iwan Baan. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

April 14–15, 21–22, and 28–29; May 5–6, 2012

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the third edition of Stillspotting, an off-site exhibition series exploring stillness and quiet in the urban environment, with stories commissioned by authors, poets, and rappers affiliated with Queens. Stillspotting nyc is a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s programming out into the streets. Site-specific commissions in all five of New York City’s boroughs identify moments of urban quiet and respond to everyday issues of noise, anxiety, and stillness. For stillspotting nyc: queens, the third edition in the series, the architects at New York-based Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) address the encounters of life in the urban environment with Transhistoria, inviting visitors to neighborhood spaces in Jackson Heights, Queens, to listen to stories of migration, displacement, and finding home away from home. Transhistoria will be held at several sites around Jackson Heights for four weekends: April 14–15, 21–22, 28–29, and May 5–6, 2012. In two-hour self-guided tours, starting from the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Ave transit hub, visitors will encounter four of these personal transhistories.

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Interview with the Guggenheim’s Dutch curator David van der Leer

May 30th, 2011 by


Date: May 30, 2011

Source: Brooklyn Based

News item: Brooklyn Based features an interview with Dutch curator David van der Leer of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC

Intro: David van der Leer is helping the Guggenheim step outside of its iconic shell on the Upper East Side, and engage with the rest of New York.  The museum’s Assistant Curator of Architecture and Urban Studies has embarked upon a major, site-specific series of installations and tours called stillspotting nyc that will examine how we manage to find peace in a city that constantly bombards our senses… (click link to read more)

Link: http://brooklynbased.net

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Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum – New York City

February 12th, 2010 by

Image: Christopher McKay MVRDV

Image: Two Connected Houses, Mark Manders

February 12 – April 28, 2010

Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both site-specific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. Organized by Nancy Spector, Chief Curator, and David van der Leer, Assistant Curator for Architecture and Design, the exhibition will feature renderings of these visionary projects in a salon-style installation that will emphasize the rich and diverse range of the proposals received. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

Aristotle famously pronounced that nature abhors a vacuum, an idea that still resonates in art today. In designing the Guggenheim Museum, Wright flaunted the notion of the void, leaving the center tantalizingly (or threateningly) empty. Over the years, when creating site-specific installations or exhibition designs for the building, artists and architects have imbued the space with their presences, inspiring unforgettable works by Matthew Barney, Cai Guo- Qiang, Frank Gehry, Jenny Holzer, and Nam June Paik, among others. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim invited scores of artists to leave practicality or even reality behind in conjuring their proposals for the space. In this exhibition of ideal projects, certain themes emerge, including the return to nature in its primordial state, the desire to climb the building, the interplay of light and space, the interest in diaphanous effects as a counterpoint to the concrete structure, and the impact of sound on the environment. Conceived as both a commemoration and a self-reflexive folly, Contemplating the Void confirms how truly catalytic the architecture of the Guggenheim can be.z

Image: Joris Laarman Studio

Image: West8

Submissions were received from all over the world from a wide range of artists, designers, and architects, including emerging as well as established practitioners. Among the many works in the exhibition are projects by artists Alice Aycock, FAKE DESIGN (Ai Weiwei), Anish Kapoor, Mark Manders, Sarah Morris, Wangechi Mutu, Mike Nelson, Paul Pfeiffer, Doris Salcedo, Madelon Vriesendorp, Lawrence Weiner, and Rachel Whiteread; designers such as Fernando and Humberto Campana, Martí Guixé, Chris Kabel, Joris Laarman Studio, Ted Noten, and Studio Job; and architects such as 24h Architecture, Archi-Tectonics (Winka Dubbeldam), Álvaro Siza Vieira Arquitecto, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Inside / Outside (Petra Blaisse), Greg Lynn FORM, junya.ishigami+associates, Maurer United Architects, MVRDV, N55, Powerhouse Company, Philippe Rahm, Snøhetta, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Toyo Ito & Associates Architects, SeARCH, UN Studio, and West 8. In addition to the exhibition in the Thannhauser and Annex Level 4 galleries, Contemplating the Void will be accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition Web site, which will document each submission and feature introductory essays texts by Nancy Spector and David van der Leer.

Click here for a NY Times, February 12, article on the exhibition.

Update March 9, 2010: If you aspire to own a unique work by a Dutch architect or designer, check this online auction from the Guggenheim

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128-0173
Tel.: 212-423-3500


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