My first reaction when proposing an alternate design strategy for GAP founder Don Fisher’s proposed contemporary art museum? GAP clothing. The man runs a global fashion empire, so why not scan his entire art collection and transfer it to the fabrics used in his clothing? He wants to share his collection with the world, so why not expand it infinitely beyond the walls of a gallery? The “museum” is no longer limited to a single site and its opening becomes a world-wide event of debatable import. Of course, the clothing won’t have the “aura”—to borrow a phrase from Walter Benjamin—of the originals, but what it lacks in authenticity it will make up for in commodity. If each reproduction truly does, as Benjamin speculates, diminish the “quality of presence” of the original, won’t each garment eventually have the same value as the original piece when reproduced in the quantities made possible by the massive scale GAP’s industrial fabrication and distribution?
Or you know, someone could just design a better building.
· Reconsidering A Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio [Life Without Buildings]
[image courtesy 3A Gallery]
Here in San Francisco, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding GAP founder Don Fisher’s proposal to building a new contemporary art museum in the historic Presidio. The initial proposed building for CAMP was a yawn-inducing glass box designed by Gluckman-Mayner that’s been universally panned in the city and, perhaps even worse, fueled arguments that nothing should be built in the Presidio. In an effort to create a bit of an extended dialogue around the topic, 3A Gallery organized an exhibition that asked ten local architecture firms to propose alternate strategies—including a scheme by yours truly— for building in the historic National Park. Tomorrow night, 11 December at 7 pm, 3A Gallery will host a panel discussion to consider the schemes and potential strategies and methods for building a massive contemporary art museum in a sensitive context.
· CAMP:Reconsidered [3A Gallery]
· CAMP-related posts [Curbed SF]