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Contemporary Confrontations in Art and Architecture: Panel Discussion and Book Signing

December 19, 2017, 6:30–8 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

How does the architecture of the museum drive new relationships between artists, architects, curators, and their diverse audiences? Join artist Rachel Rose and award-winning architects Preston Scott Cohen, Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Florian Idenburg, cofounder of architecture firm SO – IL, for a panel discussion about contemporary art and architecture.

Moderated by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, the panelists will discuss the ways in which these critical dialogues are transforming museums and cultivating new projects. The conversation will highlight the pioneering projects of Cohen and Idenburg—most notably the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis—and Rose’s video installations within museum contexts.

A reception and book signing will follow the discussion. Copies of SO – IL’s first-ever publication Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura and Preston Scott Cohen’s Lightfall: Genealogy of a Museum: Herta and Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art will be available for sale.

Tickets: $12, $10 members, $5 students

Presented with Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Alumni Architecture and Urban Society, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

We are pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary tickets to our members. Please email Anna Hessa (


Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator at the Guggenheim

Troy Conrad Therrien is Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim. He is also an adjunct professor of architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he cofounded the Architecture Online Lab and is an editor of the Applied Research Practices in Architecture Journal. Initially trained as a computer engineer, and later in architecture design, history, and theory, his current research focuses on the relationship between architecture, communication technology, and political economy. Formerly an innovation consultant, his curatorial practice blends traditional exhibitions with other experimental forms of programming.


Preston Scott Cohen, Founder and principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc

The architecture of Preston Scott Cohen, founder and principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA, encompasses diverse scales and types of buildings including houses, educational facilities, cultural institutions and urban designs for private owners, institutions, government agencies and corporations. Recent projects include: Datong City Library [2008-2013], The Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, Tel Aviv, Israel [2003-2011], Taiyuan Museum of Art, Taiyuan, China [2007–2013], Nanjing Performing Arts Center, Nanjing, China [2007-2009], The Goldman Sachs Canopy, with Pei Cobb Freed Associates, New York, NY [2005-2008], Robbins Elementary School, Trenton, New Jersey [2005-2011], Goodman House, Pine Plains, New York [2002-2004].

Cohen is Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture. His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world.

Florian Idenburg, Founding Partner of SO – IL

Florian Idenburg is founding partner of SO – IL, an internationally acclaimed architecture studio based in New York. Founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu envisioned their studio in 2008 as a creative catalyst involved in all scales and stages of the architectural process. Operating between academia and practice, the firm consistently strives for progressive architecture beyond the cultural and economic constraints facing the discipline. It is this optimistic position that guides SO – IL’s experiments in a range of media from temporary installations to large-scale built works. Recent projects include the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis, California, a cultural center in Meisenthal, France, and an installation for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Prizes such as the 2010 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and AIA NY Young Practices Award have acknowledged the intellectual and artistic rigor that unifies SO – IL’s projects. Idenburg was the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Köhler Prize of the Prince Bernhard Royal Cultural Fund and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome. His writings include Relations (2010) and To Be Determined (forthcoming) as well as frequent essays and reviews in Abitare, Domus, Metropolis, and other publications. SO – IL’s work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, Storefront for Art & Architecture, the LA Forum for Architecture and Urbanism, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Center for Architecture in New York and Studio-X Beijing in China.

Rachel Rose, Artist

Rachel Rose (b. 1986) is among the foremost artists working today. Guided by research into such topics as vast as 19th century park design, cryogenics, to the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, and the sensory experience of walking in outer space, Rose’s video work pinpoints what it is that makes us human, and how we seek to alter, enhance, and escape that designation.

Recent solo exhibitions include:Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz; Museu Serralves, Porto; The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London.

Recent group exhibitions include: 57th Venice Biennale Exhibition: Viva Arte Viva, Venice, The Infinite Mix, Hayward Gallery, London; The São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, and Development, Okayama Art Summit, Japan.

Forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2018) Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy (2018).

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