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A Best-in-Class Gallery Space Debuts at FIT

FIT Home Campusㅣ2018-09-12 14:14

August 27 marks the debut of a gorgeous exhibition space primarily for the School of Art and Design. The light-filled, two-story gallery in the dramatically expanded lobby of the Pomerantz Art and Design Center, located on the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, will become a hub for cutting-edge art shows that feature the work of renowned artists alongside students and faculty.

“It’s not going to follow the usual structure of a university or college gallery,” says Troy Richards, dean of the School of Art and Design. “It will house themed exhibitions with well-known artists, featuring complementary student and faculty work.”

“We want it to be a laboratory,” adds Austin Thomas, exhibitions manager for the gallery, “a place to try out innovative ideas.”

The space was designed by David Smotrich & Partners, an architectural firm that has worked on numerous campus spaces. It features natural materials in keeping with FIT’s Brutalist aesthetic, such as marble, limestone, and glass. However, unlike the fortress-like facades of Brutalism, the street-facing walls are glass. An intimate gallery in the back can be used for standalone exhibitions and special gatherings, and a second-floor floating classroom, visible to people on Seventh Avenue through floor-to-ceiling windows, will accommodate visiting artists and visually compelling courses. All told, the renovation quadrupled the amount of space in the lobby.

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