Inspired by DUMBO House’s extraordinary location and views, the collection has an architecturally inspired theme – and Cecconi’s has its own separate portraiture collection
With more than 80 works, the art collection at DUMBO House responds to the extraordinary location and views that the site affords, as well as the theme of architecture. This may be literal as in the case of the British architect Sir David Adjaye whose sketch of a financial district skyscraper came to life in the skyline in the first two years of DUMBO House being open. Other artists were selected because of an ongoing inquiry into architecture in their work, such as Alexandre Singh, Paul Davies, Alex Hartley, Jose Dávila, Rachel Whiteread, and Michael Pfisterer.
Other artists take a more obscure angle, as seen in Hayal Pozanti’s painting entitled ‘1887’ (the year that the factory building on 22-38 Washington Street in DUMBO was erected for Robert Gair, designed by Benjamin Frankenspier) or Awol Eriku’s ‘A1 Bricks’. Donna Huanca and Zoe Buckman’s work consider the architecture of the body, whereas Hank Willis Thomas (in the lobby) and Aidan Koch consider flags as architectural appendices. Two vintage photographs by Steven Siegel recall the recent past of DUMBO, with one showing the seriously neglected Brooklyn Bridge footpath and the other the skyline through the smashed window of an abandoned car on the waterfront.
The collection at DUMBO Cecconi’s presents more than 50 portraits across various mediums, including key works by John Beard, Ryan Gander, Annie Kevans, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, and Jonathan Yeo. Both collections were curated by Kate Bryan, Soho House Global Director of Art, in 2017/ 2018.