March 07, 2024

Analogue Sites by Jorge Otero-Pailos

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About the Exhibition


Debuted on April 1, Analogue Sites, a public art exhibition by Jorge Otero-Pailos, arrives on New York's Park Avenue, exploring the convergence of art, architecture, and cultural diplomacy. The exhibition features three monumental steel sculptures, forged from fencing once surrounding the former U.S. Embassy in Oslo. Drawing from the historical importance of Cold War-era embassies as hubs of cultural exchange, Analogue Sites emphasizes the significance of American modern art and architecture in diplomacy, advocating for the preservation of these modernist treasures amid their decommissioning. Running until October 31, 2024, the exhibition lines Park Avenue at East 53rd, 66th, and 67th Streets, engaging with esteemed modernist landmarks like the Seagram Building, the Lever House, and the historic Park Avenue Armory.


The exhibition will be complemented by a free Bloomberg Connect digital guide, set to launch in mid-April, offering visitors an opportunity to delve deeper into the process of creating the sculptures and the history of American modernist architecture. Throughout the spring season, Jorge Otero-Pailos will take part in various public programs related to the exhibition, including delivering a lecture at Columbia University School of the Arts as part of the Spring Program and engaging in a conversation at the American Scandinavian Foundation alongside Eeva Liisa Pelkonen, Professor and Assistant Dean at Yale School of Architecture, and David B. Peterson, the author of "U.S. Embassies of the Cold War: The Architecture of Democracy, Diplomacy, and Defense.


About the Artist


 Jorge Otero-Pailos, an American-Spanish artist, preservation architect, and educator, is acclaimed for pioneering experimental preservation techniques, blending art, technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Notably, his series "The Ethics of Dust" garnered attention, utilizing innovative cleaning methods to create latex casts of pollution residues on iconic monuments, revealing untold environmental histories and collective memories. His works have been showcased globally, from the Venice Art Biennale to the UK Parliament, reflecting his profound impact on cultural heritage discourse. As a preservation architect, Otero-Pailos has led award-winning restoration projects such as New Holland Island in St. Petersburg and the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. Additionally, he serves as Director and Professor of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he spearheads preservation initiatives and academic programs, cementing his legacy in both artistic innovation and architectural education.




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