April 11, 2013
Story by Karen Wong, New Museum deputy director and A+ Awards juror.
This past December, Snarkitecture made a splash at Design Miami with its audacious inflatable tubes, which created an oversized canopy at the entrance to the eighth annual international design fair. In the spring of 2011, Snarkitecture partners Daniel Ashram and Alex Mustenon caught my eye with their intervention “Dig!” at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. The designers filled the iconic wedge gallery with styrofoam, and then they, friends, and interlopers carved out crevices, rooms, and skylights to create a new typology of interior-igloo wonderland.
So in January, I approached Snarkitecture with an odd request: Could they bring their flair for the temporal to the New Museum’s Spring Gala? This benefit event attracts a discerning crowd of 600, which this year would include honoree Christian Marclay, as well as artists John Baldessari, Annie Leibowitz, George Condo, Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter, and John Waters. The venue: Cipriani Wall Street in Downtown New York City. Read more.