Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 27, 2010

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice as the United States’ representative to the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, in Venice, Italy, August 29 – November 21. The High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, Georgia, proposed the exhibition. The curators are Michael Rooks of the High Museum of Art and Jonathan D. Solomon, architect and founding editor of the architectural publication series 306090 Books.

The selection of Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice resulted from an open competition and followed the recommendation of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE), convened by the National Endowment for the Arts for the review of architecture applications.

Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice features a series of important projects that demonstrate in different ways the evolving role of designers and their relationship to other specialized professionals and clients in realizing architectural ideas. The focus of the exhibition is collaborative projects, rather than individual architectural practices. The exhibition will highlight such projects as Peachtree Center by Atlanta-based architect John Portman; On the Water, Rising Tides and Palisades Bay by New York-based architect Guy Nordenson; New York City (Steady) State by the New York-based firm Michael Sorkin Studio; and Flip Strip by the Los Angeles-based think tank cityLAB.

The Cultural Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) supports and manages the official U.S. participation at selected international exhibitions, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Venice Visual Arts Biennale, and the Cairo Biennale. U.S. representation ensures that the excellence, vitality and diversity of the arts in the United States are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.

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PRN: 2010/521