Art and Architecture

SANAA, New Museum building. Photography by Dean Kaufman.
SANAA, New Museum building. Photography by Dean Kaufman.

Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA have, in a short time, developed from a relatively little-known Japanese partnership to an internationally esteemed firm responsible for high-profile projects including The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, and our museum, the New Museum in New York. Often referred to as an architect’s architect, SANAA has avoided a signature style while embracing qualities of light, transparency, and openness. The show (in the gallery, the café, and lobby) marks SANAA’s first comprehensive exhibition in New York and presents commissions and projects made over a ten-year period, characterized by an alchemy of understatement, lightness, warmth, and respect for human scale. Artworks discussed in these lessons include: Ugo Rondinone Hell, Yes! and ACT UP (Gran Fury) Silence=Death.

Themes:
1. Architecture
2. Vernacular design
3. Alternative Spaces
4. Alternative Architecture
5. Scale

Art and Architecture

The following lessons focus on the architecture and the permanent works of the New Museum .