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“Reconfiguring Space: Blueprints for Art in General”

Art in General

In a conversation with Allan Kaprow published in Arts Yearbook’s “Museum World” (1967), Robert Smithson speculated about the possibility of a museum composed of different kinds of emptiness. How to create flexible, supportive open space remains the fundamental challenge for architects and designers who hope to build museums or galleries, as the recent exhibition “Reconfiguring Space: Blueprints for Art in General” made evident. Five finalists—kOnyk, Acconci Studio, Freecell, Leslie Gill Architect, and Natalie Jeremijenko/Laura Kurgan Design—were selected from an open competition to redesign the artist-founded Tribeca alternative space, which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. (After the initial selection, finalists Gill and Jeremijenko/Kurgan joined forces to compete for the big prize.) All were charged with the same question: how to connect an art space located on two separate

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