Professor Michael Young and Toshiko Mori (AR '76) Participate in the AESTHETICS/ANESTHETICS Exhibition

POSTED ON: June 26, 2012


on view from June 26 through July 28, 2012

What is it that an architectural drawing does and how does it do it? How can we distill beauty from cosmetics? How can new modes of representation produce new architectures and new sensibilities?
Aesthetics/Anesthetics is an exhibition about architectural drawings.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a collection of 30 newly commissioned architectural drawings. Each drawing depicts the Storefront Gallery space at 97 Kenmare, from the perspectives of a diverse group of emerging and established architects worldwide. The drawings reveal a different aspect of the space and are representative of the generative properties of the architect's drawing.

Each of the 30 commissioned architectural drawings will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition. Proceeds will support Storefront for Art and Architecture's exhibitions and programs. For information on the auction, please email

Commissioned Artists Include:

Vito Acconci [New York], Alisa Andrasek [London], Aziza Chaouni [Toronto and Fez], Luis Callejas [Colombia], Teddy Cruz [Tijuana], Frida Escobedo [Mexico], ESKYIU - Eric Schuldenfrei and Marisa Yiu [ Hong Kong], Ling Fan [Beijing], Interboro Partners [New York], Sam Jacob [London] Andres Jaque [Madrid], June 14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff - Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge and Sam Chermayeff [Germany, New York], Perry Kulper [Ann Arbor], Jimenez Lai [Chicago], Juergen Mayer H. [Berlin], Leong Leong -Chris Leong & Dominic Leong [New York], LTL -Paul Lewis, Mark Tsurumaki, David Lewis [New York], MOS -Michael Meredith & Hilary Sample [New York], OFFICE - Kersten Geers & David Van Severen [Brussels], Jorge Otero-Pailos [New York], Productora [Mexico DF], Philippe Rahm [Paris], Noura Al Sayeh [Bahrain], Sho Shigematsu [OMA New York], Julien De Smedt [Brussels-New York], STAR strategies + architecture -Beatriz Ramo [Rotterdam], Superpool - Selva Gurdogan - Gregers Tang Thomsen [Istanbul], VisionArc - Landon Brown - Toshiko Mori (AR '76) - [New York], WW - Sarah Whiting, Ron Witte- [Houston], Michael Young - Young & Ayata [New York], Alejandro Zaera Polo [London-New York], Andrew Zago [Los Angeles].

For complete details and additional programming visit Storefront for Art and Architecture

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