• Retracing the Expanded Field: Encounters between Art and Architecture
    Spyros Papapetros and Julian Rose
    MIT Press, 2014
    Spyros Papapetros & Julian Rose

Michael Asher, installation, 1970, view from large triangular area toward passageway to small triangular area, Pomona College Museum of Art. Copyright Michael Asher. Courtesy of the Frank J. Thomas Archives.

In April 2007, the School of Architecture and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University held a symposium marking approximately thirty years since the publication of Rosalind Krauss's seminal essay "Sculpture in the Expanded Field" (1979). The conference's objectives were twofold: to revisit the origins of Krauss's essay within the context of historiographic and artistic practices of the late 1960s and 1970s, and to reexamine its status against developments in the expanded practices of art and architecture over the last thirty years. Participants included Krauss, her colleagues on the editorial board of October, and a group of younger art and architectural theorists and historians. Retracing the Expanded Field is a book updating and extending the materials presented at the conference and combining them with a compilation of twenty responses commissioned from a selected group of art and architectural historians and critics as well as artists and practicing architects. Coincident with a renewed attention to the affinity between art and architecture, this is a timely publication with a unique historical and theoretical focus.

Spyros Papapetros is associate professor of history and theory, a member of the executive committees of the Program in European Cultural Studies and the Program in Media and Modernity, and a Behrman Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Princeton University. He studies the intersections between art, architecture, historiography, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Barr Ferree Foundation, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program. He is the author of On the Animation of the Inorganic: Art, Architecture, and the Extension of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and the editor of Space as Membrane by Siegfried Ebeling (Architectural Association Publications, 2010). His essays and reviews have appeared in the journals October, Grey Room, Perspecta, RES, AA Files, Oxford Art Journal, Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, and in numerous edited anthologies.

Julian Rose is a senior editor at Artforum and a founding principal of the award-winning design studio formlessfinder. Trained in both art history and architectural practice, he creates design work and scholarship that investigate historical and contemporary interchanges between art and architecture, focusing on problems of material, form, and tectonics. His architectural proposals have been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the MAXXI in Rome. Additionally, he has worked for a wide range of architects and designers, including Vito Acconci at Acconci Studio on a variety of international architecture and public art projects and Rem Koolhaas on Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s proposal for the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Rose recently assisted in editing The Art-Architecture Complex by Hal Foster (Verso, 2011), and his essays on both art and architecture have been featured in such journals as Domus, Log, Artforum, and October.