"Foreclosed" Open Studio at PS1
Back in May, New York’s Museum of Modern Art kicked off a nearly yearlong series of presentations, workshops, and public symposia on the topic of America’s ongoing foreclosure crisis. Out of this dense thicket of discourse will emerge a new exhibition, “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream,” scheduled to open early next year. It follows last year’s “Rising Currents” show in MoMA’s Issues in Contemporary Architecture series and—part of a longstanding tradition of public engagement by the museum’s Department of Architecture & Design—“Foreclosed” is set to feature ambitious ideas for reshaping the ragged social and economic landscape of the nation’s suburbs.
Another milepost on the road to the show’s February opening was marked last Saturday, when the five jury-selected design teams whose work will form the core of the exhibition hosted a final open studio at PS1, MoMA’s contemporary cousin on the far side of the East River. Firm principals on hand to present their complete (or near-complete) proposals included Jeanne Gang (who was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow) of Studio Gang, Michael Meredith of MOS, Amale Andraaos of WorkAC, Andrew Zago of Zago Architecture, and Michael Bell of Visible Weather.