Writer and critic Ian Volner has contributed articles on architecture and design to New York Magazine, Architect, The Paris Review, and Interior Design, among other publications. He lives in Manhattan.
Hudson, New York, is a small community nestled into its namesake river valley about 100 miles north of Manhattan. Known mostly for the antique shops that line scenic Warren Street, the hamlet is also home to an assortment of arts venues, galleries, and annual fairs and festivals, all of which have helped put it on the cultural map in recent years. A project announced this week, however, could turn out to be Hudson’s artistic trump card. Marina Abramovic, the mercurial Serbian-born performance artist, has conscripted Dutch master designer Rem Koolhaas as part of a new project destined for an abandoned property near the center of town.
By current estimates, close to 11 million American homeowners are in serious distress, owing more on their homes than the homes themselves are worth. Foreclosure rates have been elevated since the financial crisis began in 2008, and the value of the nation’s housing stock is projected to continue to plummet for the foreseeable future. The dismal state of American housing, and of the suburban landscape that’s been Ground Zero for the crisis, is the subject of “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream”, a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art open until July 30th. Under Chief Curator Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s Department of Architecture & Design has brought together the contributions of five collaborative teams, each of which recasts the old-fashioned bedroom community for the 21st century.
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.
Jon Morris has been a theater producer, social entrepreneur, champion springboard diver—and an artist, in which last capacity he serves as director of New York-based arts collective The Windmill Factory. Since 2007, he and a band of likeminded collaborators have conceived and crafted a series of elaborate public projects, ranging from a grassy 30-foot-tall slide in the Nevada desert to a multi-media performance piece on themes of atomic destruction.