After establishing her New York practice in 2004, architect and designer Stephanie Goto became known for her Manhattan restaurant designs, including Corton and collaborations with esteemed chef Daniel Boulud. Now her focus has shifted to the art world.
Having designed the Calder Foundation’s headquarters in New York, she created an installation for the 2018 exhibit “Calder: Nonspace,” a collaboration with the foundation at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles gallery for which she covered a long skylight with a scrim. “When you eliminate shadows,” Goto explains, “you notice the edges of the sculptures.”
This year, the architect designed similarly subtle, effective installations in New York for two more Hauser & Wirth surveys, both focused on the influential Italian artist Piero Manzoni, with angled walls that “sculpt the space,” Goto notes. For the September opening of Pace Gallery’s new Chelsea home, she designed another show of Calder’s work. Noting that galleries now incorporate dining and guesthouses, Goto sees the restaurant projects she has done—which involved designing experiences—as a plus. “I’m taking my work in a new direction,” she says.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Fall issue under the headline “Women Changing the Art World” Subscribe to the magazine.