Art Omi: Architecture 2020
Critic in Residence
Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record/BNP Media
Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for 125 years. Under her leadership, Record has won the Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence, among numerous other editorial awards.
A former architecture critic and arts editor of Newsweek, McGuigan has a BA from Brown University and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale. Besides Newsweek and Record, her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. She sits on the board of trustees of the Skyscraper Museum and the Center for Architecture in New York and is on the advisory council of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
Christina de León, Cooper-Hewitt Museum
Christina L. De León is Associate Curator of Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, Design Museum. From 2010-2016 she was Associate Curator at Americas Society where she worked on exhibitions and publications focused on modern and contemporary Latin American art. She also held previous positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. De León is also a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center, where her research focuses on the design and decorative arts of the Americas.
Galia Solomonoff, Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Galia Solomonoff is the founding principal of Solomonoff Architecture Studio, a design firm established in Chelsea in 2004. Since its inception, the firm has been dedicated to the integration of contemporary art and architecture. With artist Robert Irwin, Solomonoff and her previous firm, OpenOffice, converted a 1929 Nabisco box-printing factory into Dia:Beacon, a daylight-only minimal art museum in Beacon, New York. Solomonoff currently teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and lectures on topics of Art, Public Housing and Latin American Architecture. Solomonoff has worked with over 40 artists, designing site specific, multi-media, permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Her architectural practice seeks to make art accessible to all publics. As a member of Studio X and Columbia’s Global Centers, Solomonoff travels regularly with students and engages in discussions of art, architecture and how to further their public democratic mission in the cultural and political sphere. Solomonoff is married to artist Fabian Marcaccio, and lives with her family in New York City.
Allan Wexler, Art Omi: Architecture Program Board
Allan Wexler’s career resists easy classification. In the late1960’s he was an early member of the group of architects and artists who questioned the perceived divide between art and the design disciplines. They called themselves non-architects or paper architects.
He investigates eating, bathing, sitting, and socializing, and turns these everyday activities into ritual and theater
Wexler is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a winner of both a Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the Henry J. Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum. He has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, has lectured on his work internationally, and has been reviewed by major art and architecture publications. Wexler currently teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Warren James, Director, Art Omi: Architecture
Architect, urban designer, and Art Omi: Architecture Program Director Warren James is based in Manhattan. He is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. James studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d'Architecture.