9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Exhibit open to the public, free of charge, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays. Closes February 8, 2019.
The Unfinished exhibition is a project that was originally curated for the Spanish pavilion at the Venice International Architecture Biennale 2016. The exhibition's goal is to take a look at unfinished architecture in order to discover virtues that can be turned into design strategies. During the past period of economic growth in Spain, construction became the main driving force behind the economy. Today we find the presence of the unfinished remains of the largest constructional undertaking in history, which left behind an awkward layout and large, partially built, and unconsolidated structures. Unfinished sets out to explore creative speculations on converting a past condition into positive contemporary action.
The exhibition -- winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale -- gathers examples of architecture produced during the past few years, born out of renunciation and economy of means, designed to evolve and adapt to future necessities and trusting in the beauty conferred by the passage of time. These projects have understood the lessons of the recent past and consider architecture to be something unfinished, in a constant state of evolution and truly in the service of humanity. The current moment of uncertainty in our profession makes its consideration here especially relevant.
Curators: Carlos Quintáns, Iñaqui Carnicero (Spitzer School Visiting Critic, Spring 2018)
Presented in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, Embassy of Spain; Acción Cultural Española (AC/E); Spain Arts and Culture; Spanish Ministry of Public Works; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent of Art Program.
- Architect's Newspaper review (October 26, 2018)