Artists Space

Model City

January 19 – February 18, 1989

Michael Sorkin
Selected by Valerie Smith

A composition of lines, circles, and angles made of wood and metal is affixed to a wall, covering the surface.
Michael Sorkin, Model City, 1989. Installation view, Artists Space, 1989. [A composition of lines, circles, and angles made of wood and metal is affixed to a wall, covering the surface.]

Model City is to be a large (approximately 15x15 feet) abstract model of a segment of an imaginary city of the future. Although its architectural scale is deliberately a little ambiguous, it will be on the order of an eighth of an inch to the foot. Thus, the proposed sequence of spaces should have not just a strong tectonic quality but a dimensional one as well: this is a city the viewer should be able to imagine moving through.

Michael Sorkin was an architect, writer, critic and designer.

Artists Space programs are made possible by: the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; AT&T Foundation, Inc., The David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion, The Bohen Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc., Horace w. Goldsmith Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc., The Joe and Emily Lowe Foundation, Inc., The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, The Menemsha Fund, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Betty Parsons Foundation, The Reed Foundation, Inc., The Rockefeller Foundation, The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.; American Express Company, The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., Equitable Real Estate Group, Inc., General Atlantic Corporation, R.H. Macy and Company, Inc., Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, Philip Morris Companies Inc., and U.S. Trust Company of New York; as well as Artwatch, Galleries in Support of Artists Space, Members and numerous Friends.

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