U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York City
In August 2010, the new U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) in New York City opened. Designed by the late acclaimed architect Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, the twenty-six story tower is located directly across First Avenue from the United Nations Headquarters Building.
The State Department approached FAPE about contributing a collection of art for USUN in 2007. Robert Storr, Chairman of FAPE’s Professional Fine Arts Committee and Dean of the Yale School of Art, was the curator. FAPE and Storr worked closely with the Department and Gwathmey Siegel to select locations for art, identifying more than 180 spaces throughout 19 floors.
FAPE’s first site-specific contribution to USUN was Wall Drawing #832: A red spiral line on blue by Sol LeWitt. The work has been installed inside the 70-foot-high rotunda located on the 22nd floor representational space. On this same floor, stands FAPE’s second site-specific commission, a sculpture by Ron Gorchov entitled Totem. Lynda Benglis also generously contributed a sculpture from her collection entitled D’Arrest, which has been installed on the 22nd floor as well. The third site-specific piece in the Collection is by Odili Donald Odita, who has completed two murals entitled Light and Vision. These works greet visitors in the lobby and on the second floor before entering the Press Conference Room. All of the site-specific commissions are gifts of the artists, and FAPE funded the fabrication and installation for each work.