Staged Screen: Abigail Chang
The Museum for Architecture is a collection of spaces that have been flattened, shrunken and de-contextualized as artifacts. They are props that choreograph the mise en scène on an urban stage. Similarly scaled to its adjacent neighbors, a glazed surface extends beyond the building. As the proscenium, it pronounces the interior as the backdrop and visitors slip behind to enter within. A black box levitates inside the envelope as the seemingly endless, and edgeless, nebulous backstage. In daylight, the building’s bright interior reflects and obscures the scenography of Copley Square. The black box absorbs and performs as a pristine mirror. At night, artificial illumination reveals depth, transforming the building from superficial to volumetric.