Ambitions: Jeffrey Inaba, Mark Wigley, and Richard Flood in Conversation
February 7 2008
This discussion, about philanthropy, education, architecture, and other forms of influence, took place in conjunction with Jeffrey Inaba’s installation Donor Hall at the New Museum as well as the release of Issue 13 of the architecture magazine Volume, of which Inaba is an editor. The event, co-presented by New Museum and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, was followed by music by Jamo and Nick Kay.
Jeffrey Inaba is based in Los Angeles and is the principal of INABA, a firm specializing in strategic planning, cultural research, urban design, and architecture. He is Director of C-Lab, an architecture and communications group at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. C-Lab collaborates with Archis and AMO to produce Volume, a magazine about architecture’s influence on globalization, politics, and people. Inaba is Volume’s features editor. Inaba previously taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he and Rem Koolhaas directed the Project on the City, a research group examining the impact of modernization on cities worldwide.
Since 2004, Mark Wigley has served as Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Prior to joining Columbia in 2000 as Director of Advanced Studios, Wigley taught from 1987 to 1999 at Princeton University. Wigley has served as guest curator for exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. An accomplished scholar and design teacher, he has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture, and is the author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (MIT Press, 1993); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1995); and Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (Uitgeverij 010, 1998). In addition to numerous essays on art and architecture, he co-edited, with Catherine de Zegher, The Activist Drawing: Situationist Architectures From Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (MIT Press, 2001) and is one of the founding editors of Volume magazine.
Richard Flood is Chief Curator of the New Museum. Prior to his 2005 appointment at the New Museum, Flood was Chief Curator of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where he organized a wide range of exhibitions, including “Brilliant!: New Art from London”; “Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972”; and solo exhibitions on the work of Robert Gober, Sigmar Polke, and Matthew Barney. Flood was previously curator of P.S.1, director of the Barbara Gladstone Gallery, and managing editor of Artforum magazine. Flood organized Jeffrey Inaba’s Donor Hall for the New Museum. He is currently coordinating the exhibition “Double Album: Daniel Guzmán and Steven Shearer,” which opens in April at the New Museum.