The proposed Manhattan Museum for Film, adjacent to the existing Anthology Film Archives in lower Manhattan, focuses on the design of an interior void to pressure the curation of moving images, visual media, and physical relics relative to the filming process (i.e. set design, costumes, and equipment). An oversized hollow object becomes the centerpiece atrium which extends to the lower levels for projection into a public cinema, and slips to the exterior envelope to carve out the rigid zoning envelope. Disruption of what would otherwise exist as normative display spaces allows for a programmatic slippage where inside becomes outside, gallery becomes atrium, and watching becomes watched, a constant shifting of subjective perception and objective display.
Directing the Museum
Critic: Mark Rakatansky