THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary studio that fuses architecture with the visual and performing arts. The work of DS+R encompasses architectural and urban commissions, temporary and permanent site-specific installations, multi-media theater, electronic media, and print work. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio founded D+S in 1979. Charles Renfro became a partner in 2004. DS+R currently has 38 permanent employees and an extended family of outside collaborators.

DS+R is currently working on a variety of projects for Lincoln Center in New York City, including a 45,000 sq. ft expansion of the Juilliard School and a complete renovation of Alice Tully Hall. DS+R is also working on the master plan and architectural design of the High Line, an elevated railway stretching 1.5 miles in the Chelsea area of New York City. Other current projects include the redesign of Boulders, a luxury hotel and resort, in Phoenix, Arizona, and a private townhouse in New York City, and a media installation in Lille, France.

Recently completed projects include: Facsimile, a permanent media installation for the San Francisco Arts Commission at the new Moscone Convention Center West; a master plan for Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District for the BAMLDC in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas; the Blur Building, a media pavilion commissioned for the Swiss EXPO 02; the Viewing Platforms constructed immediately after 9/11 at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center site. The design for Eyebeam Museum of Art & Technology in New York City, featured in the 2002 and 2004 Venice Architecture Biennales, is currently on hold, hopefully to resume in the near future.

Other completed projects include: Brasserie, a restaurant in the Seagram Building, New York; Travelogues, a permanent public art work at the new International Arrivals Terminal 4 in JFK, New York; Master/Slave, an installation at the Fondation Cartier in Paris; Slither, a 104-unit social housing building in Gifu, Japan; Jet Lag, a multi-media work for the stage in collaboration with The Builders Association; and EJM1: Man Walking at Ordinary Speed and EJM2: Inertia, two dance collaborations with the Lyon Ballet Opera of France and Charleroi/Danses of Belgium, both currently touring the U.S., Europe and Asia. Among other DS+R works are Refresh, a web project for the Dia Art Foundation; The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life, a curatorial project exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal; InterClone Hotel, an installation at the Ataturk Airport for the Istanbul Biennial; Pageant, a video installation for the Johannesburg Biennial; X,Y, a permanent installation for a pachinko parlor in Kobe, Japan; Jump Cuts, a public art commission for United Artists in San Jose, California; and Moving Target, a collaborative dance work with Charleroi/Danses.

The DS+R studio was awarded the National Design Award in Architecture from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2005. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were recipients of the MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 1999, the first ever given in the field of architecture. Other awards include the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Obie for Creative Achievement in Off-Broadway Theater for Jet Lag, a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant Design for the Brasserie, and a Progressive Architecture Design Award for the Blur Building. They have also received the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Council for the Arts at M.I.T, the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, and fellowships from the Graham Foundation and the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio, the first major retrospective exhibition of their work.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has exhibited their work at The Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Venice Biennale; Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; New Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Art Centre Basel, Switzerland; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; the Schusev Russian State Museum of Architecture, Moscow; and Gallery Ma Tokyo. Works by DS+R are in the permanent collection of MoMA, SFMoMA, the Fond National d'Art Contemporain, several FRACs in France, the Musée de la Mode in Paris, and many private collections.

Their bi-lingual book, Back to the Front: Tourisms of War, was published by the FRAC Basse-Normandie. Their second book, Flesh: architectural probes, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1995, has recently been reprinted. Blur: The Making of Nothing was published by Abrams in 2002. Scanning: The Aberrant Architecture of Diller + Scofidio was published by Abrams in conjunction with their retrospective at the Whitney Museum, New York, in 2003.

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