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Esther Choi at MoMA


An Evening with Assemble

London-based architecture collective Assemble has emerged as one of the most unorthodox and innovative practices of recent times. As recipients of the prestigious Turner Prize in 2015, their socially engaged projects have garnered attention from the fields of art and architecture alike.

Join us for a timely and compelling conversation about Assemble’s enterprising strategies, alternative approaches to building, and spatial tactics for social activism.

Panelists include: Fran Edgerley and Paloma Strelitz (Assemble); William Menking (Editor-in-Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper), Michael Meredith (Partner, MOS Architects), Esther Choi (Assistant Professor, OCAD University), Martino Stierli (The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA), and Sean Anderson (Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA).

March 28, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm
The Celeste Bartos Theatre
4 W 54th Street
RSVP required

Please use the entrance at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, at 4 West 54 Street.

RSVP to adevents@moma.org : Space is limited, and RSVP is required.

This event is co-sponsored by OCAD University, Toronto, Office of the President.


 Esther Choi is an architectural historian whose research interests center on the entanglements between architecture and the sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the intersections between artistic and architectural movements throughout the twentieth century.

Though based in New York, she has been an assistant professor at OCAD University in Toronto since 2008. She is currently completing a joint Ph.D. at Princeton University in the Department of Architecture and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities. Choi received a MDes (History and Theory) from Harvard Graduate School of Design, M.F.A. from Concordia University, and B.F.A. from Ryerson University.

Her writing has appeared in publications such as Architectural Review and Art Papers, as well as exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia(Walker Art Centre, 2015). She is the coeditor of Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and the forthcoming volume, Architecture Is All Over (2015).

Choi’s work has been supported by The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Society for Architectural Historians, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Princeton University, Harvard University, and Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others.

Get ahead in your course work and take a May class!

Course Descriptions: 

Introductory Photography: Black & White with John Jones
This course offers an introduction to the technical and visual tools of photography, including camera functions, film exposure and black-and-white darkroom procedures. In class demonstration, lecture and critiques support hands-on practice.
Concept and Process with Esther Choi
Students are further introduced to the technical and visual tools of photography. Emphasis is on acquiring a creative vocabulary and greater awareness of photographic and photo-based practice. Presentations, lectures and hands-on experience assist in the development of conceptual skills and working methods.
Photo/Installation with Nicholas Pye
Students explore the potential for expanding the use and understanding of photography through installation. Through ongoing presentations and discussions students are provided with a contemporary and historical overview of site, installation, performance and guerrilla based photo practises. Students are required to complete several projects including a major final project.
Time & Stillness with Nicholas Pye
In this class, the emphasis will be on multi-disciplinary approaches to photography that use both time and stillness. By reflecting the current state of hybridity within DSLR lens–based practice, this course will engage the necessary theoretical and practical investigations needed to fully immerse oneself in this new field of discourse and practice for photographers. Weekly discussions, slide lectures and assignments will facilitate the development of skills within critical and theoretical contexts relevant to a contemporary hybrid approach to photography.

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