Art in the Yard is an outdoor pop-up art exhibition space in the bucolic town of Larchmont, NY, designed to bring neighbors and friends together to enjoy art and celebrate early summer as Covid receded and social distancing guidelines were relaxed. The architecture of the space takes a morphological hammer to the traditional white box art gallery. Free-standing, modular walls disperse into the landscape and blur the boundary between art and yard, creating a dynamic space for the community to experience art and reconnect.
In response to the programmatic needs of the exhibit, the wall elements vary in height and length: Tall, simple surfaces are for hanging artwork; a long reception counter provides a place for greeting visitors and directing them to the art gallery; wall-like fragments dispersed across the yard provide seating. The pop-up employs a tented structure to protect the valuable artwork from the elements, with open sides allowing sunlight to fill the space during daytime. The walls, extending beyond the perimeter of the tented roof into the yard, lead visitors from grassy exterior to the exhibition interior. From the center of the tent, the walls radiate out into the landscape and frame views of the yard. The ends of the walls are illuminated with embedded light fixtures that project light on the tent ceiling.
Built on site in less than a week, the lightweight walls are actually hollow module structures constructed in two different sizes (2’x4’x8’ and 2’x8’x8’) that can be easily placed in a sloping suburban yard and adapted to topography. The wall elements are sustainable, adaptable, designed to be easily removed at the end of the exhibition, put into storage, and reused in future exhibitions in topographically diverse locations.
Stephen Moser Architect (SMA) is an architecture and design studio based in NYC with a portfolio of civic-private projects, ideas-generating competitions, and innovative residences. SMA’s architecture seeks a clarity of vision: a relationship between exterior and interior that values simplicity, coherency, and openness. Our focus is on making beautiful spaces that respond to the uniqueness of place, reflect and enhance how people live and work, and use high-performance materials and sustainable technologies.
Civic-private work includes a proposal for a restaurant, pavilion and plaza, located in NYC’s Fort Tryon Park, and a plan for SummerStage in NYC's Central Park. Competition entries include an award-winning design for an open park in Nogales, at the U.S.-Mexico border, and an art wing for MALI in Lima, Peru. Residences include a house, currently under construction, that is carved into a mountain in Colorado and a net-zero-energy beach house on Shelter Island, New York.