The Snow Show : New York


The Snow Show | New York is a special preview of the landmark event bringing together some of today’s most exciting and internationally acclaimed artists and architects to collaborate on snow and ice structures. The Snow Show | New York presents the most recent models and plans of works that the artist/architect teams are proposing to build in northern Finland in the winter of 2004.
“We’re delighted to present this groundbreaking exhibition in conjunction with the visit of the President of the Republic of Finland, H.E. Tarja Halonen, as guest of honor at the Annual Gala of The American-Scandinavian Foundation,” says Edward P. Gallagher, President of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. “It’s about bridging the divide between art and architecture, with participants from different countries and cultures working together to create innovative and exciting pieces using the natural element of frozen water in its many forms.”
The Snow Show | New York includes 10 models representing the most recent ideas for projects that will be realized in the towns of Kemi and Rovaniemi in February 2004 by Robert Barry and Hollmén, Reuter, Sandman; Top Changtrakul and LOT-ek; Ernesto Neto and Ocean North; Yoko Ono and Arata Isozaki; Cai Guo Qiang and Zaha Hadid; John Roloff and Diller + Scofidio; Eva Rothschild and Anamorphosis; Kiki Smith and Lebbeus Woods; Do-Ho Suh and Morphosis; and Rachel Whiteread and Juhani Pallasmaa. The exhibition will also showcase the two projects constructed in Lapland for a February 2003 preview by Jene Highstein and Steven Holl; and Osmo Rauhala and Asymptote.
Additional artist/architect teams are represented in The Snow Show | New York through dossiers and a video projection exploring the participants’ ideas about working in the arctic realm of snow and ice, art and architecture, and the nature of the collaborative process: Pawel Althamer and Snøhetta; Grönlund/Nisunen and Foreign Office Architects; Lothar Hempel and Studio Granda; Carsten Höller and Williams & Tsien; Richard Humann and Greg Lynn; Anish Kapoor and Future Systems; Kaija Kiuru and Anders Wilhelmson; Tatsuo Miyajima and Tadao Ando; Osmo Rauhala and Asymptote; Ricky Swallow and MVRDV; Ben Vautier and UN Studio; Lawrence Weiner and Enrique Norten; Jackie Winsor and Yung-Ho Chang; Shigeru Ban; Heikkinen & Komonen; and Sol Lewitt.The educational component of the exhibition is enhanced by a presentation of the winning entries of an international competition for students of architecture, whose pieces will be built in Lapland alongside the The Snow Show’s participant teams. The experimental nature of this collaborative project has already drawn wide international attention in the art and architectural worlds. The Snow Show | New York follows the highly successful showing of the initial plans, models, and drawings by the participants at UNESCO’s Palazzo Zorzi at the 2003 Venice Biennale. UNESCO is a patron of The Snow Show project.The Snow Show | New York is curated by Lance M. Fung, Chief Curator, together with Hilkka Liikkanen, director of the Rovaniemi Art Museum, and in cooperation with the Kemi Art Museum. The exhibition is being produced in cooperation with the Consulate General of Finland in New York.