In 2011 Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League established a grant and residency for emerging architects and designers to produce and exhibit a full-scale project at Socrates Sculpture Park. The residency is intended to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, materials, and building techniques between the two disciplines. 

A Call for Proposals announced in Fall 2011 invited emerging architects and designers to speculate on contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. By definition a fanciful architectural form, built to focus views within a landscape or serve as a conversation piece, the folly is an ideal launching point for a dynamic exploration of architectural form and its relationship to sculpture.  The competition’s winners receive a $5,000 production grant to fund their project, as well as full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates’ outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the Park, beginning in May 2012.

This year’s jury included: Alyson Baker, former Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park (2000–11) and current Executive Director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Yolande Daniels, Studio SUMO; Richard Gluckman, Gluckman Mayner Architects; Christopher Leong, Leong Leong Architecture; and Leo Villareal, artist.  The program is directed by Elissa Goldstone, Exhibition Program Manager, Socrates Sculpture Park; and Gregory Wessner, Special Projects Director, The Architectural League of New York.

The winners of Folly are:
Jerome Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp

About the Project and Winners
Haferd’s and Knapp’s winning submission, titled “Curtain,” proposes to build a structure with a series of frames from slender wood posts, defining a space of 20 feet wide on each side with a triangulated roof canopy of approximately 8-12 feet in height. The vertical and horizontal planes of the structure will be articulated with a dense series of suspended white plastic chain. Fixed in some places, hanging free in others, the white chain will create “rooms” that viewers can occupy, offering changing spatial experiences within the outline defined by the wooden framework. The title of the piece alludes to the material quality of the chain as it reacts to breezes off the East River as well as a play on the modernist understanding of “curtain walls” as fixed boundaries.

Jerome Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp began working together while in the Yale School of Architecture’s M. Arch I Program.  Due to similar interests, they have since collaborated on multiple areas of study.  Landscape/Building, Nature/Environment, Frames/Territories, Performance/Gender are some of the relationships they have explored, undertaken in design projects or analyzed formally. While both are pursuing careers in architecture, the two continue to collaborate, bounce ideas off of one another, and participate in the broader architecture community of New York City.

Brandt Knapp, a Baltimore native, currently works at Richard Meier and Partners in New York. She studied photography as well as architecture and has maintained a strong interest in the arts and teaching. Jerome Haferd is originally from Akron, Ohio. His academic and professional pursuits initially led him to several locales, including the Beijing offices of OMA and Zephyr Architects. He now works under Bernard Tschumi at Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York.

The completed project will open to the public on Saturday, July 14, 2012, with a reception from 2-6 p.m., and will remain on view through October 21, 2012.  For more information on visiting the installation, click here.

Folly, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, is made possible through a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mark di Suvero, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and Spacetime C.C. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilmembers Jimmy. Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone Jr., and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

Architectural League programs are additionally supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.