Last Saturday afternoon, David Eugin Moon, a Cornell AAP Visiting Critic, architect, and founding partner of N H D M, held the first panel discussion of the semester at the AAP NYC studio Lecture Space. The discussion was titled Institution and The City and included the voices of a variety of talented curators and directors all intimately involved with architecture, art, and planning. Prior to the discussion, short lectures by Moon and the three participating panel members focused on the “changing relationship of cultural institutions and the city, highlighting the expanding role and responsibility of cultural institutions in the urban environment.” The mix of opinions and perspectives of such inspiring people in the panel led to some exciting dialogue and debate.
Beatrice Galilee (seated second from left), who is the Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Co-Founder and Director of The Gopher Hole, and Contributor at DOMUS, spoke about her experience and what she learned as a curator of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-
Rosalie Genevro (seated second from right), who is the Executive Director of The Architectural League of New York, spoke about what it means to be an institution, and about the history of the Architectural League in New York.
Eva Franch Gilabert (seated far right), who is the Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture and Principal at OOA, spoke about Paris, Barcelona, and Storefront and how their histories have all contributed to what constitutes as an “institution” in today’s cities.
After the panel, we were able to catch up with friends from Cornell’s main Ithaca campus as students from Moon’s studio attended- they were all staying in New York City for a day before taking their flight to Shenzhen, China, the site of their studio projects. The AAP NYC and AAP Ithaca students congregated and we were able to share our experiences in New York and Ithaca and, of course, the institutions in both cities.