By  on August 24, 2007

SECOND VERSE: A quarter-century after Storefront staged its first public art event — a 26-day celebration featuring performances by 26 New York-based artists — the downtown gallery is preparing for a revised version.

Storefront founders Kyong Park and R.L. Seltman, along with artist Arleen Schloss, organized the original extravaganza, which was called Performance A-Z and served as a blueprint for the gallery's future programming. Park wrote before the 1982 occasion, "Storefront supports the idea that art and design have the potential and responsibility to affect public policies, which influence the quality of life and the future of all cities."

This time, the event is called Performance Z-A. It will get under way Sept. 21 in Petrosino Park in Manhattan's Kenmare Square in a sphere-like pavilion designed by South Korean architect Minsuk Cho. Stalker Lab, Dan Graham, Barbara Held, Jill Majid and Tomas Saraceno will be among the artists holding concerts, open discussions, screenings and performances in the futuristic space.

Performance Z-A will also mark the 40th anniversary of art programming in New York parks. Installations by a wide range of up-and-coming and well-known artists will set up installations in various city parks.

LONDON CALLING: The work of six up-and-coming British architectural firms is on display at "New Practices London," a new exhibition at the Judith and Walter Hunt gallery at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan. The spotlight is on 6a Architects, AOC Architecture, Carmody Groarke, DRDH Architects, Ullmayer Sylvester Architects and Witherford Watson Mann Architects. Organized by American Institute of Architect's New York chapter in conjunction with the Architecture Foundation in London, the show is meant to be a bit of an exchange program along the lines of Terence Riley's exhibition of emerging Spanish architects at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last year. The globe-trotting continues next year when the AFL hosts a handful of New York architects for a series of lectures starting Jan. 23.

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