Galleries in the Valley

By Abigail Calva, Basil Harb, Erin Huang, Claire Oster and Sarah Tien

Throughout the spring semester at Cornell University, five students in Alessandra Cianchetta’s design studio Global Artscapes worked on designs for a gallery in the valley at Shatwell, using photographs and videos in default of a site visit. The brief was for an exhibition space to accommodate the display of up to fifty architectural drawings from the Drawing Matter collection. Each student then curated a virtual exhibition for their gallery loosely organized around the theme of public space and its representation. We also worked with Chillida Leku to integrate sculpture into the final projects.

Films, made by the five students (Basil Harb, Erin Huang, Sarah Tien, Abigail Calva, and Claire Oster) for their final presentations of the semester, are included here. Each student addresses the context of the Shatwell site and the formal role of the building within it, as well as the problems of display that are specific to architectural material, in different, thoughtful, and sensitive ways.

Basil Harb:

Erin Huang:

Sarah Tien:

Abigail Calva:

Claire Oster:

In the weeks since the term ended, Claire Oster has been developing and adapting her exhibition space around a selection of drawings curated by Nicholas Olsberg, entitled Charging the Void, which speculates on the preoccupation of post-war architects with the spaces in between buildings. We will be publishing this virtual exhibition next month.