Exhibition Press Release

SFMOMA Presents Work Of Architect Lindy Roy In roy / Design Series 1

Exhibition dates: April 19 - September 07, 2003

Release date: December 17, 2002

An exhibition of groundbreaking design solutions by South Africa-born architect Lindy Roy, ROY / design series 1, will launch a series of annual design exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) devoted to explorations by contemporary designers in architecture, graphic design and industrial design. The objective of the design series is to identify and provide exposure for emerging young talent, an ongoing mission of SFMOMA's Department of Architecture and Design. ROY / design series 1 comprises six projects exhibited through computer animations, models and approximately 15 digital drawings by Lindy Roy, introducing her work to San Francisco for the first time in a museum environment. The exhibition will be on view from April 19 through September 7, 2003. The curator of the exhibition is Joseph Rosa, the Museum's Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design. A small-format catalogue, the first in a set of annual publications documenting the design series, will accompany the presentation. For SFMOMA's online interactive feature for ROY / design series 1, click here.

Lindy Roy, founder of the New York City-based studio ROY, is currently engaged in projects ranging from a luxe eco-spa entirely afloat in Botswana's Okavango River Delta to a radical ski station in Valdez, Alaska, and a bar in Manhattan's meatpacking district where modular seating arrangements are suspended from the building's original meat hooks. In another project, Cancer Alley, Louisiana, ROY has reactivated the landscape between Baton Rouge and New Orleans by infusing it with schools, hotels and plots of vegetation. Digital models from these and several other projects will be on view in the exhibition.

ROY is the one of the youngest architectural firms to be included in the new development, Houses at Sagaponac, to be built on eastern Long Island. In 2001, ROY was selected as the winner of the second annual MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program, an invitational competition mounted by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, to build an installation courtyard piece at P.S. 1's Long Island City facility. Lindy Roy was a finalist in the Times Capsule competition for The New York Times, as well as one of the six winners in the 16 Houses invitational competition, sponsored by the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation in Houston, which led to an affordable housing project there. Roy teaches design at Princeton University and Cooper Union. Before establishing ROY in 1999, she worked with the architect Peter Eisenman.

A series of educational programs will be presented at SFMOMA in conjunction with the exhibition. Details will be supplied at a later date.

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