Feb 11, 2024

Sites of Impermanence, a National Academy of Design (NAD) exhibition opening in New York City on February 8, 2024, showcases art and architectural works by the recently elected 2023 National Academicians, including Rice University School of Architecture Professor Carlos Jiménez.

The exhibition, NAD chief curator Sara Reisman notes, “calls for visitors to consider their impact within public spaces, blurring the boundaries between human, object, and architecture.” Jiménez’s architectural work, exemplified by the recent project Won Buddhism of Houston (2015–21), carefully considers questions surrounding the environment and built space. The exhibition showcases this project through models, photographs, drawings, and sketches that document the design and construction process.

“We are so very proud that Professor Carlos Jiménez has been honored by the National Academy of Design,” said Igor Marjanović, William Ward Watkin Dean of Rice Architecture. “This exhibition is not only a chance to celebrate his impressive achievements but also an important moment to meditate on the vitality of architecture. In the case of his Won Buddhism project, the very materiality of the building reflects Carlos’s thoughtful considerations of space, time, and spirituality.”

The other newly elected National Academicians include Alice Adams, Sanford Biggers, Willie Cole, Torkwase Dyson, Richard Gluckman, Mel Kendrick, and Sarah Oppenheimer, all of whom will have work on display in Sites of Impermanence.

On his appointment as a National Academician, Jiménez commented, “I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition from artists and architects for whom I hold the utmost admiration and respect. I remain not only grateful for this gesture of solidarity but vigilant to always do my best to deserve it.”

More information about the exhibition, which is on view through May 11, is available on the NAD website. Jiménez will also conduct a talk in conjunction with the exhibition on March 28, 2024. For more, see the museum’s event page.

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