Few cities occupy the public imagination like the island of Manhattan. From cinema and literature to architecture and real estate, New York City exists as a palimpsest of layered dreams and schemes, desires and delusions. Past Futures, Present, Futures presents 101 unrealized proposals for New York City, dating from its formation to today with 101 reenactments by invited artists, architects, writers and policy-makers to create alternative visions for the present and future of the city. . . .
The exhibition is curated by Eva Franch with Chialin Chou and Greg Barton, designed by Leong Leong with graphic design by Project Projects.
“Past Futures, Present, Futures”
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
With the belief that art and architecture, beyond the production of new forms of capital or building solutions, have the power to re-imagine new forms of collective aspiration, the exhibition presents a past and future historiography of novel ideas in New York, their vectors of desire, methodologies, limits, audiences and agents, to open discussion about relevant actions in the city.
The exhibition opens with 101 Past Futures. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Present, Future reenactments by invited artists will be periodically added to the installation until the close of the show.
A special sound piece included in the exhibition inaugurates a permanent audio infrastructure for Storefront, part of a growing interaction platform embedded within the gallery. The piece enunciates the titles of the projects as passersby walk down the sidewalk in front of the gallery, delivering one word per stride, expanding the acoustic imprint of the gallery by blurring even further the distinction between inside and outside that the Acconci-Holl façade produces.
The exhibition will culminate with the release of a publication documenting all of the past and future proposals.