Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman, exhibition poster for “University of Trash,” 2009.

New York

“University of Trash”

44-19 Purves Street
May 10–August 3, 2009

Curated by Mary Ceruti and Sarina Basta

This May, artists Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman will use recycled and scavenged materials to transform SculptureCenter into a network of pavilions hosting workshops, talks, and film screenings, and a platform for investigating urbanism, alternative design, and the possibilities for pedagogy and activism inherent therein. The project owes much to the countercultural movements of the 1960s (the search for low-cost, environmentally sound “appropriate technology” for developing nations, for example), but its roots go deeper: to the “adventure playgrounds” of the ’40s, where children were invited to create structures for play from discarded construction scraps. A module made in collaboration with students from the alternative high school City-as-School will provide a site-specific anchor, engaging urban design issues relevant to SculptureCenter’s Queens neighborhood—homework for the summer, indeed.