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Superfront

Superfront

  • From left: John Hartmann, board member; Sarah Millsaps Towles, board member; Manuel Avila, 2011 architect-in-residence; Mark Gardner, AIA, board member; Chloe Bass, director, Superfront Detroit; Mitch McEwen, founder and director

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    From left: John Hartmann, board member; Sarah Millsaps Towles, board member; Manuel Avila, 2011 architect-in-residence; Mark Gardner, AIA, board member; Chloe Bass, director, Superfront Detroit; Mitch McEwen, founder and director

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    From left: John Hartmann, board member; Sarah Millsaps Towles, board member; Manuel Avila, 2011 architect-in-residence; Mark Gardner, AIA, board member; Chloe Bass, director, Superfront Detroit; Mitch McEwen, founder and director

  • Superfront curates ambitious architecture exhibitions on a modest budget. The Design Loves Art program supports their Los Angeles outpost in the Pacific Design Center.

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    Superfront curates ambitious architecture exhibitions on a modest budget. The Design Loves Art program supports their Los Angeles outpost in the Pacific Design Center.

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    Superfront curates ambitious architecture exhibitions on a modest budget. The Design Loves Art program supports their Los Angeles outpost in the Pacific Design Center.

  • The gallery, founded by Mitch McEwen, is dedicated to neighborhood outreach. For the first Public Summer, its Brooklyn backyard was covered in a canopy designed by KIT (Lauren Page, Phil Kuehne, Justin Foster, and Read Langworthy), and 400 hula hoops provided shade for the NY City Explorers children programs.

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    The gallery, founded by Mitch McEwen, is dedicated to neighborhood outreach. For the first Public Summer, its Brooklyn backyard was covered in a canopy designed by KIT (Lauren Page, Phil Kuehne, Justin Foster, and Read Langworthy), and 400 hula hoops provided shade for the NY City Explorers children programs.

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    Dave Rittinger

    The gallery, founded by Mitch McEwen, is dedicated to neighborhood outreach. For the first Public Summer, its Brooklyn backyard was covered in a canopy designed by KIT (Lauren Page, Phil Kuehne, Justin Foster, and Read Langworthy), and 400 hula hoops provided shade for the NY City Explorers children programs.

  • The Live Architecture Network with URISOV, Archeography IV, brought together dancers, choreographers, and designers in Superfront's former Bed-Sty Brooklyn headquarters.

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    The Live Architecture Network with URISOV, Archeography IV, brought together dancers, choreographers, and designers in Superfront's former Bed-Sty Brooklyn headquarters.

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    Jesse Anders

    The Live Architecture Network with URISOV, Archeography IV, brought together dancers, choreographers, and designers in Superfront's former Bed-Sty Brooklyn headquarters.

  • Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study opened at Superfront LA in January. Drawn from an open call put out to architects, artists, urban designers, and planners, the show featured cross-city explorations: Detroit studies of Brooklyn and Brooklyn studies of Detroit.

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    Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study opened at Superfront LA in January. Drawn from an open call put out to architects, artists, urban designers, and planners, the show featured cross-city explorations: Detroit studies of Brooklyn and Brooklyn studies of Detroit.

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    Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study opened at Superfront LA in January. Drawn from an open call put out to architects, artists, urban designers, and planners, the show featured cross-city explorations: Detroit studies of Brooklyn and Brooklyn studies of Detroit.

  • A small, scrappy organization, Superfront engages in a robust publishing practice. Many of the exhibitions are collected into catalogues that are available via print on demand format.

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    A small, scrappy organization, Superfront engages in a robust publishing practice. Many of the exhibitions are collected into catalogues that are available via print on demand format.

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    A small, scrappy organization, Superfront engages in a robust publishing practice. Many of the exhibitions are collected into catalogs that are available via print on demand format.

“It bothers me that primarily wealthy individuals and well-funded institutions engage with architects,” says Mitch McEwen, 32, founder and director of Superfront, an independent and scrappy organization that curates architecture exhibits on a shoestring budget in three locations: Brooklyn, N.Y.; Detroit; and Los Angeles. “This may sound incredibly presumptuous or haughty—that a little upstart nonprofit could contribute anything to the promotion of a profession hundreds of years old—but I am talking about the significance of small conversations across disciplines.”

Since its founding in 2008, Superfront has presented solo and group shows, organized workshops, and, maybe most importantly, forged collaborations with community groups and more-established architecture venues such as the Architectural League of New York. This year, Manuel Avila, 31, was the winner of Superfront’s architect-in-residence program, geared towards emerging practitioners. He worked with residents in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood to rethink vacant spaces for the aptly named “Participatory Urbanism” project. McEwen and her team are always scheming; this season debuts a large outdoor installation called “Public Summer” and a crowd-sourced video on ideas for Detroit. But given their super-DIY approach on all three fronts, it’s hard to predict what’s next. Or, according to McEwen: “Beyond that, we figure it out as we go along.”