Folly/Function 2018 Info Session


Folly Information Session at the League’s office

Folly/Function 2018 Information Session

Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League
Jess Wilcox, Director of Exhibitions, Socrates Sculpture Park

John Hatfield, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite you to an information session for Folly/Function 2018, a competition for emerging architects and designers to design and fabricate public seating for the Park.

The Information Session will include a presentation by John Hatfield, Executive Director at Socrates, who will discuss the park’s history, studio residency, resources, and how the seating will be used within the park. Hatfield will also talk about past winning entries and the teams’ experiences in previous years. Jess Wilcox, Director of Exhibitions at Socrates, will talk about the history of artist seating projects at the Park. Anne Rieselbach, Program Director at the League, will outline the competition and selection process. There will be additional time for questions.

Socrates Sculpture Park, located in Long Island City, Queens, is one of the most distinct cultural organizations in the country with its combination of waterfront setting, accessibility, and community-based programming. As a venue for the presentation of public art, a New York City park, and an active social space, Socrates harnesses the power of creative minds to transform the urban landscape.

In earlier years the Folly competition investigated the intersection between sculpture and architecture with temporary structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. For the third year in a row, the competition has shifted to challenge entrants to fuse form with utility, creating designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while also addressing and improving the conditions of the Park.

The submission deadline for this year’s Folly competition is Monday, January 8, 2018 11:59 p.m. For more information on the competition, click here.

Time & Place
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607
Free and open to all. Reservations required. Limited space available. RESERVE HERE via Eventbrite.
Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 4.02.08 PMFolly/Function, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, is supported with a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Paula Cooper, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Agnes Gund, The Kayden Family, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, Leonard and Louise Riggio, Silvercup Studios, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith, and Spacetime C. C. Special thanks to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Council Member Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.