Exhibition

  • Anyspace
  • GRANTEE
    Anyone Corporation
    GRANT YEAR
    2014

Anyspace is a new program of the Anyone project, conceived to expand the architectural dialogue supported by the journal Log and Writing Architecture Series books to the new sphere of pop-up exhibitions and "traveling" salons (staged within the exhibitions) to discuss critical ideas posed by the work on display. With each six-week-long exhibition appearing in a different location, Anyspace simultaneously creates a following and new audiences as it moves, sometimes independently, sometimes in cooperation with another New York institution. To launch the project, we are bringing The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, curated by Marie Coulon, which debuted at Betts Project Gallery in London in 2014, to New York. This exhibition of thirty drawings, all of them ink on paper, suggests a salon discussion about architecture and its changing methods of representation, particularly drawing by hand.

Cynthia Davidson is director of the Anyone Corporation and editor of Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City and the Writing Architecture Series books, published with MIT Press. Over the past thirty years, she has organized some twenty international conferences, most recently In Pursuit of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, and edited forty books. She curated Material Evidence at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in 2000; oversaw installations at the MAK in Vienna and Castelvecchio in Verona for architect Peter Eisenman; and curated an exhibition of conceptual cardboard architecture models at the Brooks School in Massachusetts. This year she will be recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her work in architectural books and magazines.

Pier Vittorio Aureli is a partner in the Belgian firm DOGMA and head of the PhD program at the Architectural Association in London. His book, The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture, is a frequent reference for architecture students today, and his handmade ink drawings, rigorous compositions using only straight lines, are refreshing antidotes to oversaturated computer drawing today.

Anyone Corporation aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of architecture and its relationships to the general culture through conferences, public seminars, and publications that erode boundaries between disciplines and cultures.