At Storefront for Art and Architecture, we remain in a liminal space – between vulnerability and resilience, between grief and hope, between pausing and planning. Amidst all the noise, we have begun a process of recalibration, one that we know must be both bold and iterative.
A few weeks ago, we shared the news that Storefront will interrupt its previously planned activities for On Maintenance, a new program presenting works that reflect upon our current time. Throughout the program, we’ll explore and challenge the notion of maintenance and its many manifestations in our public and private spaces. This begins next week with the relaunch of StorefrontTV; read more below and here.
Today, on Juneteenth, we join in commemorations that honor liberation and that remember the ongoing struggles for justice and equity by black people in the United States and worldwide. We believe that transformative change, although unrealized thus far, is possible, and we stand in solidarity with the affirmation that Black Lives Matter. To learn more about Storefront’s preliminary response, you can read our initial statement to members and supporters here. More is forthcoming.
StorefrontTV Season 3: On Maintenance
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Tune into the first episode of StorefrontTV Season 3: On Maintenance next Wednesday at 6 pm ET on YouTube and Instagram Live. Initially launched in 2014 in a live studio setting, StorefrontTV has been resurfaced and reformatted for 2020.
Presenting newly commissioned videos by artists and architects, this season aims to explore and redefine the notion of maintenance. Participants interpret “maintenance” in various ways, some shared and others divergent, and many reflecting upon particularities of our current moment. Episodes address topics such as the radical reinterpretation of societal values, efforts to avoid wear on the body and mind, networks of people that sustain a neighborhood, nostalgia for unrealized change with the passing of time, and the spatial expertise of domestic laborers, among others.
Each episode provides artists and architects with a space to playfully and critically examine a key aspect of social life and culture through the lens of maintenance. Learn more about the first episode (with artist Mariela Scafati) below, and stay tuned for the full schedule.
StorefrontTV Season 3: On Maintenance will be broadcast weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm ET. All episodes will air on Storefront’s website (via YouTube) and on Instagram Live. Previous episodes will be available to view on our StorefrontTV YouTube channel.
Episodes are brief, between 5-10 minutes each, so we encourage you to subscribe, sign up for reminders, and follow us on Instagram at @storefrontnyc.
Image: StorefrontTV Season 3: On Maintenance. Graphic design by Pentagram/Natasha Jen, Jonathan Katav, Ran Zheng.
Noches vacías (Empty Nights)
by Mariela Scafati (music by Daiana Rose)
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 from 6:00-6:05 pm ET
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I can’t remove the cat hair from my clothes
nor do I want to
I’m in phase 1
if anything at all
naming at least one place
and there’s no way to cover up that everything is ignored
I am comforted by the memory of some gesture, of your voice or your gaze
sometimes I dream
other times I sleep,
those times give me
some notion of life
the cat looks at the glass of water
it keeps walking
neither thirst nor the damn habit of throwing the glass
nor looking from the table at the glasses and the puddle of water
a calm that is impossible to sustain
not even the damn habit.
I’m sharing this “table theatre” that I made one night, accompanied by the song “Noches vacías” (“Empty Nights”), a melancholic version by Daiana Rose interpreted from the well-known track by Gilda. I chose to use my hands in an attempt at closeness, and to be able to think about what, from this time, we wish to endure and what we are no longer willing to hold onto.
— Mariela Scafati
About Episode #1
In the first episode of StorefrontTV Season 3, Buenos Aires-based artist Mariela Scafati questions the notion of maintenance by exploring the absurdity of the concept of “normalcy” in our current times, and contemplating the values that frame our societies. Although Scafati’s exhibition Bodybuildings would have been on view at Storefront’s gallery space this summer, she is ready to embrace the challenge of meaningful change brought on by the current moment.
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Read more about the episode and the artists here.
Still from Mariela Scafati’s Noches vacías (Empty Nights), June 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

In these times, we are especially grateful for the organizations, foundations, and members who have made contributions that enable us to continue Storefront’s mission of thinking creatively about our built environments. To support Storefront or become a member, please reach out to us at membership@storefrontnews.org.
StorefrontTV is supported in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Storefront has also received generous emergency support during the current pandemic from: Humanities New York, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Blavatnik Family Foundation, The Luce Foundation, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Arison Arts Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation, The David Rockefeller Fund, and The Robert Lehman Foundation.
Storefront’s most recent exhibition, Arabesque, is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, and BKSK Architects.


Arabesque is the third exhibition of Building Cycles. Founding support of Building Cycles is generously provided by Linde-Griffith Construction Company and the Graham Foundation. 
Building Cycles has also been made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; KPF; Steven Holl Architects; WXY architecture + design; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.
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