MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program winner adds elements of ‘Hide and Seek’ to summer courtyard

March 6, 2018

Rendering: MoMA PS1 courtyard featuring ‘Hide & Seek’ by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine.

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 have announced that the 2018 winner of their annual Young Architects Program is ‘Hide & Seek’ by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine, in collaboration with Clayton Binkley of ARUP. Opening in June, the winning construction, a “responsive, kinetic environment that features nine intersecting elements arrayed across the entirety of the MoMA PS1 courtyard” will serve as a backdrop for the 21st season of Warm Up, MoMA PS1’s outdoor seasonal music series.

Drawn from among five finalists, ‘Hide and Seek’ was inspired by the crowd, the street, and the jostling interactions found in contemporary city life; the construction enables surprising connections among the adjoining courtyards of MoMA PS1 and the surrounding streets.

Each of its horizontal structures contains two inward-facing gimbaled mirrors suspended from a frame. The mirrors move in the wind or with human touch, fostering unexpected interactions. In reference to these unpredictable gestures, the upper registers of the steel structure will be filled with a cloud of mist and light, responding to the activity and life of Warm Up at night. Scriptive elements, including a runway and a large-scale hammock, establish platforms for improvisation and invite visitors to join.

Video: Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers. Longing. 2015. Minneapolis, MN. Video by Isaac Gale.

MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator at Large Klaus Biesenbach said, “In recent years, Long Island City has become more vertical. With this project, MoMA PS1 will engage horizontally, inviting the neighborhood and our diverse audience to participate in and engage with our programs at eye level. Dream The Combine’s proposal addresses this in both form and content, with participatory architecture to reflect, if not to literally mirror, the here and now in Long Island City and the country as a whole.”

This year’s other finalists were LeCavalier R+D (Jesse LeCavalier), FreelandBuck (David Freeland and Brennan Buck), OFICINAA (Silvia Benedito and Axel Häusler), and BairBalliet (Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet). An exhibition of the proposed projects of all five finalists will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art over the summer.

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program offers emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects by challenging each year’s winners to develop creative designs for a temporary and sustainable outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues.


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