cara, Centre for Art, Research and Alliances opens in New York, spring 2022

Photo Michael Vahrenwald
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Photo Michael Vahrenwald

cara is an emergent nonprofit art and research institute and publisher in New York City. It will be a space for reflection, un/learning, and experimentation under the leadership of newly appointed Executive Director, Manuela Moscoso, curator of the Liverpool Biennial 2021. 


Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald

Located in Greenwich Village, New York City, cara is 6a’s first project in the United States. A former industrial building has been reused and reconfigured with selective and precise interventions to form a new gallery, research centre and publishing house. The building was originally built in 1909 as a playing card factory for the New York Consolidated Card Company within the historic district of west Village. Its conversion provides public exhibition spaces alongside offices, archives, a workshop and a new pocket garden designed by Dan Pearson Studios. 


Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
 
Photo Michael Vahrenwald

The transformation opens up the original spaces exposing original industrial materials and textures. New windows are inserted connecting each interior to a different framed view of the surrounding urban fabric. Layers of historic development rarely seen from the street are revealed. The street frontage establishes a permeable threshold and views through the galleries to the new garden and sky beyond. The central portion of the building was rebuilt to accommodate a freight lift, art handling winch and two new stairs required by the New York Fire and Building Codes. Care was taken to ensure that this intervention left as much of the existing fabric as possible and that the core would lead visitors along an unfolding series of new spaces, textures and adjacencies. The external envelope was upgraded to improve energy performance.


Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald

In anticipation of cara’s evolving programme and aspirations to think differently about art presentation, every area of the building was considered for display. The spaces are designed to be flexible and accommodate different media, events and encounters. At the first floor, the newly formed double height gallery will accommodate large scale works, screenings and talks. Four large south facing windows overlooking the street present views of the historic facades opposite. A large rooflight frames the New York skyline and sky above.

Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
 
 
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
 
 
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald
Photo Michael Vahrenwald