Borrowing its name from Frederick Kiesler’s unrealized project, Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture presents drawings, models, videos, and photographs from MoMA’s collection from 1940s until today. Curated by Pedro Gadanho and Phoebe Springstubb, the exhibition creates a dialogue between architects and artists that explore the creative potential of the house as a means to expand the limits of architecture.
Kiesler’s project is the point of departure of the exhibition; his organic, fluid forms are shown in direct contrast with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth house, an icon of the rationalism of the International Style. The center of the gallery is filled with models, from the post-modernist Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi to the odd shapes of Frank Gehry and contemporary projects by Kazuyo Sejima and Asymptote Architecture – all reflecting a desire to challenge the concept of house through experimentation. However, while most of these projects seem to break with tradition through a formal approach, fragmenting and re-ordering spaces, works from artists Gordon Matta-Clark and Rachel Witheread, among others, remind us of larger themes related to the house: the relationship between public and private space as well as between impermanence and memory. Artists and architects bring different perspectives to the subject, presenting the major role of the house in the evolution of architecture as well as the universal and personal subjects that the idea of home evokes.