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.
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.
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 catalogs that are available via print on demand format.