New York Designs
reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio at the Brooklyn Museum
Sharon Matt Atkins, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen
Thursday, May 12
200 Eastern Parkway
Join Aleksey Lukyanov and Wes Rozen of Situ Studio and Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, for a tour and discussion of the design, fabrication, installation, and program of reOrder : An Architectural Environment at the Brooklyn Museum.
Situ Studio’s installation responds to the building’s 120-year architectural history and operates upon the ideals of proportion and ornament that figure so centrally in McKim, Mead and White’s original design of the Great Hall. Augmented by a new set of ordering principles that challenge the colossal scale and regularity of the gridded space, reOrder plays with and transforms the ornamental logic of the classical order in the service of the complexities of a contemporary institutional program.
This vision of a new, dynamic order is expressed through the lightweight and flexible language of fabric construction. Building on strategies developed in the textile industry for folding and gathering, the resulting variety of forms is generated without complex cutting or patterning of fabric. A system of flexible canopies, thermoformed benches and tables, and a configuration of internal plywood and steel armatures forms a new logic of the architectural order, one that creates a unique forum for public interaction and assembly within this ever-evolving institution.
Situ Studio was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York shortly after the five founding partners graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Through research, design, and fabrication, the firm operates at the intersection of architecture and a variety of other disciplines to engage a wide range of spatial projects. Recent projects include the design and fabrication of a series of analytical models for the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, as well as Solar Pavilions 1-3, a series of traveling structures commissioned by Solar One.
Recently appointed Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Sharon Matt Atkins joined the Brooklyn Museum in 2009 as Associate Curator of Exhibitions. Since then, she has coordinated exhibitions devoted to Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, and has facilitated numerous other special exhibitions. She coordinated the installation of reOrder with Lance Singletary, Associate Exhibition Designer.
Reservations are required. Due to the limited number of tickets and to facilitate fair access across our membership, reservations are limited to members only. Upper level members, including League Circle firms, are limited to two reservations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further program information will be given upon confirmation.
This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Images from top to bottom: reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio at the Brooklyn Museum. Installation Image Courtesy of Keith Sirchio; Installing reOrder in the Great Hall of the Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Keith Sirchio.