Conrad Skinner — Living in Space
Conrad Skinner – Architect
Thursday, January 5 at 6 pm. This event is free but seating is limited. Please call the gallery at 428-0024 to make a reservation.
Conrad was born in 1951 in Boston. His grandfather, architect Henry S. Churchill designed the first Bauhaus-inspired building in New York and was a leader of the team that produced America’s largest public housing project, Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses. He received a BA from Reed College where he majored in art and minored in dance. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico.
In the late seventies he lived in Tokyo where he studied Japanese and absorbed the cultures of contemporary Japanese art and the Butoh dance form. In 1980 he showed sculpture at the Ginza Gallery Te. Returning to New York he fabricated and installed pieces of the Fireworks Series for sculptor Dennis Oppenheim while participating in shows with the COLAB group.
In 1985 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexicowhere he focused on architecture. He designed the Arthur Stieren voice studio at the Santa Fe Opera and numerous modifications to the theater’s “guts”, backstage and orchestra areas. He has curated two art shows, Camp: Art and Sustainability and Art X Architects. He’s writing a history of the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, the first venue designed completely and explicitly for contemporary Native American drama. In 1970 he saw Paolo Soleri’s exhibition “Arcology, the City in the Image of Man” at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. The show changed the American conversation about architecture and urbanism. A year later he attended a Soleri lecture at Reed. Determinism and human behavior was a hot topic in schools. A student questioned Soleri about freedom in his planned cities. Soleri snapped back, “Do you think you’re free?” That was the takeaway.