Curators for U.S. Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale Announced

By kristin


It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since Spontaneous Interventions made waves at the 2012 Venice Biennale but plans for next year’s U.S. Pavilion are already under way. The U.S. Department of State has just announced that the Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with PRAXIS Journal, will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, entitled OfficeUS: Criticism by Remaking, will be curated by Eva Franch i Gilabert (Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture), Ana Mijacki (Assistant Professor of Architecture at MIT) and Ashley Schafer (Editor of PRAXIS and Associate Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University) who aim to explore American design abroad.

Image of U.S. Pavilion at 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, courtesy of Interboro

“Museums and history books present the last century of American architecture as one of singular buildings and singular figures,” states the curatorial trio. “But there is a parallel history of U.S.-designed buildings sprinkled throughout the world that remains under-examined. These are the buildings we are interested in, together with the offices that produced them.”

The installation will contain two major components: “The Repository” containing an archive of 1,000 projects by American firms from the last 100 years outside the U.S.; and “The Office,” a temporary office and laboratory of diverse individuals with the mission to critically remake and reinterpret the material in The Repository.

Participating architecture firms and featured projects are yet to be announced. For more information on OfficeUS, visit

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