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Architecture: Decentralizing New York cultural offerings

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As part of AIA|DC Architecture Month, Sergio Pardo, from the Percent for Art Program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Miguel Quismondo, architect of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, NY, adress the cultural decentralization of New York through architecture and public art.

Every challenge can lead to great new ideas. Every crisis can turn into an opening for new opportunities. Sergio Pardo, associate director of the Percent for Art Program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Miguel Quismondo, architect of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, NY address these themes during Architecture Month on April 23, 2018. The conference will focus on the way in which cities and rural communities are shaping themselves to become important venues for cultural centers, their own infrastructure acting as stages to showcase a diversity of artistic expression.

Sergio Pardo will address the cultural decentralization of New York through public art, whereas Miguel Quismondo, a rising Spanish architect in the U.S. to watch, will dialogue on the importance of Magazzino Italian Art as a key asset in the vibrant cultural community of the Hudson Valley. Together, these two initiatives attest to how art can engage communities as part of a new evolution.

Miguel Quismondo:

Born and raised in Spain, Miguel Quismondo attended the Polytechnic School in Madrid, where he graduated with a degree in architecture. A will to extend his understanding of architecture led him to travel to the United States, where he has carried out most of his career, first working for corporate America (Perkins+Will) and later collaborating with award-winning architect Alberto Campo Baeza in the design and construction of the Olnick Spanu House.

He was awarded with an Honor in Architecture by AIA New York for the project of Magazzino Italian Art in January 2018, and his work has been published in la Biennale di Venezia, Architectural Record, A+U, Domus and Casabella, among other magazines.

Over the past decade, he has worked for Olnick Spanu in several fields spanning from design, construction and management. Additionally, he had the opportunity to work with many international artists in order to help them implement and install site-specific projects in Garrison, NY.

During the more than two decades of professional experience in the fields of architecture, construction and development, Miguel has continued his education; he holds one Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and another in Construction Management from NYU. He has also recently started his PhD studies in architecture, focusing on the financial aspects of design and development.
He practices architecture blending design and construction management to achieve a very personal, cost-sensible and meticulous result.

Sergio Pardo López:

Sergio Pardo López co-manages the Percent for Art Program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, a leader in the public art discipline, where he oversees all phases of development and implementation of New York City’s permanent public art. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development.

In the arts administration and curatorial field, he has shaped projects in the US, Italy and Spain including: the Spanish Pavilion at the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture; exhibitions at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Canal de Isabel II Foundation and Casa Encendida in Madrid; and The Crown Hall in Chicago. He has also managed one of the largest private photography collections in Spain, exhibiting artists such as Medardo Rosso, Cecil Beaton, Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and other prominent artists of the 20th century.

Sergio Pardo López holds a M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University (Fulbright Scholar), a M.S. of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM), and he has been a visiting scholar at the Illinois Institute of Technology awarded with the Rafael del Pino Foundation Scholarship. He has recently started his PhD studies in Art Administration and Architecture focusing on the elements that shape successful site-specific art pieces.


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