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.
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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast