The Parrish Art Museum Presents Soft Footprints: Works by SO-IL June 20

Kukje Art Center, Seoul South Korea; SO – IL
Kukje Art Center, Seoul South Korea; SO – IL

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will hold a talk as the most recent installment of their ongoing series of discussions about architecture on Friday, June 6 beginning at 6 p.m. The talk, titled Soft Footprints: Works by SO – IL, presented in conjunction with AIA Peconic, explores the connection between art and architecture, and how both disciplines elicit conversation about space, form, materials and aesthetics.

Host, architect Maziar Behrooz, AIA, will moderate a discussion with SO – IL co-founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu about their design philosophy, inspiration, and interdisciplinary approach to architecture and designing spaces for art.

According to Parrish Curator of Special Programs, Andrea Grover, “Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu are two of the most refreshing and experimental architects in the country. Their forward-thinking concepts expand the way we understand the world and what is possible.”

Winner of the MoMA/MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2010, SO – IL is a Brooklyn-based, idea-driven design firm with a global reach that brings together extensive experience from the fields of architecture, academia, and the arts. By approaching its projects with an intellectual and artistic rigor, fueled by a strong commitment to realizing its ideas in the world, SO – IL functions as a creative catalyst involved in all scales and stages of the architectural process. Recent projects include the exhibition and events spaces for the first Frieze Art Fair, NYC, the Kukje Art Center in Seoul, South Korea (2012), and the UC Davis Museum of Art, completion expected in 2016.

Florian Idenburg is an Associate Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and holds a MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology. Prior to founding SO – IL, Idenburg worked at the practice of Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA for eight years.

Jing Liu is a native of China. She studied in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, before earning a Master of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture. Liu worked at New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox and Starwood prior to founding SO – IL. She teaches at Columbia University’s GSAPP and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

Architectural Sessions is an ongoing conversation series that combines interests from the fields of art and architecture—is the only program of its kind on the East End.  It grew out of a collaboration between the Parrish and AIA Peconic through the efforts of Maziar Behrooz, who founded MB Architecture in the 1990s in Manhattan and established an office in East Hampton in 1996. The firm’s work—which often involves civic, community and art projects, and ranges from sustainably designed single family homes to affordable housing in the Hamptons, New York, New Orleans, and overseas—has been recognized for its functionalism, innovation, and sustainable design. Behrooz is a member of the AIA, USGBC, and Tulane School of Architecture Board of Advisors.

Tickets to the talk cost $10, free for Members, children, and students, and include Museum admission. Advance reservations are recommended.


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