New York

“From Here to Eternity”

Artists Space Exhibitions

There is a desperation in architecture now to find more all-encompassing and original themes, an anxious climate that places a particular burden on the architectural exhibition as forum. In view of this, “From Here to Eternity” handled its particular mission with unusual restraint and intelligence. Without proclamation or manifesto, the 11 architects (or design collaborators) chosen by curator Valerie Smith came down on the side of exploring architectural issues (theory) rather than confirming architectural values (practice). If there was a certain dissociation from immediate world concerns evident in many of the projects, there was an abundance of formative ideas that hold the promise of altering the present course of Postmodern architecture.

There were three artists represented whose projects indicate the exhibition’s breadth of focus. For the past seven years Donna Goodman’s exhaustive

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