Reception: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 3-4PM
Through a collaborative investigation of the modernist structure of the American Electric Power (AEP) headquarter building in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sam van Strien and Diana Abell's AEP: Schematic & Surface, explores the public and private duality of the architecture of corporate America. A large building like AEP’s skyscraper is automatically a part of the public space of the downtown skyline landscape, and yet the interior building itself is intensely private. Public spaces of a plaza and lobby mark a boundary: the limit to the public interface with the building. AEP’s building, and comparable others of the downtown landscape represent the hegemony of modernist, city architecture. By investigating this particular instance of the AEP building, designed by Max Abramovitz in 1990, the exhibition explores what it means that we, as a public, cannot have access to a building.