Photo credits: Cristina Guadalupe Galvàn
DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is an interdisciplinary design studio that works at the intersection of architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Founded in 1979, the New York City-based practice established its identity through self-generated conceptual art and architecture installations before reaching international prominence with large scale cultural and civic projects such as the Blur Building at the Swiss Expo 2002, Yverdon-les-Bains; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment, and the High Line, both in New York. In 1999, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio received the “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation (the first given in the field of architecture), which noted that the studio’s work “illustrates that architecture, when understood as the physical manifestation of social relationships, is everywhere, not just in buildings.”
The studio’s in-progress projects include the The Shed, a new center for artistic invention, New York; the Museum of Image & Sound in Rio de Janeiro; the Museum of Modern Art-Expansion in New York; the United States Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs; and the Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.
Among the studio’s current and recent art installations and exhibition designs are EXIT at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (currently traveling internationally); Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design at the Jewish Museum in New York; Musings on a Glass Box at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; and Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Recent performance pieces include Be Your Self with the Australian Dance Theatre and Moving Target with Charleroi Danses in Belgium.
In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a major retrospective of the studio’s work. In 2009, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were named by Time Magazine as two of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.