in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

Archtober 17, 2014 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Daniel Libeskind FAIA, Studio Daniel Libeskind
Brett Littman,The Drawing Center

Cocktail designed by:
Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author

Cocktails & Conversations - Daniel Libeskind and Brett Littman - 10.17.14

Daniel Libeskind, Studio Daniel Libeskind
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Daniel Libeskind, FAIA, established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment.

Last year Studio Daniel Libeskind celebrated the completion of the the City Life residences, part of the redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan, and Ko-Bogen, an office and retail complex in Dusseldorf. In 2012, SDL completed Haeundae Udong Hyundai l'Park, a mixed-use development in Busan, South Korea which includes the tallest residential building in Asia, and the Academy of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In October of 2011, SDL completed the redesign of what is now Germany's largest museum, the Military History Museum in Dresden. The same year Asia celebrated two openings of Libeskind-designed buildings, Reflections at Keppel Bay, a two-million-square-foot residential development in Singapore and Hong Kong's City University Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. Other projects include the Grand Canal Theatre project, a major addition to Dublin's docklands and the city's cultural core and Crystals at CityCenter, a 500,000-square-foot retail complex that is the centerpiece of MGM Mirage's signature development on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as a mirror-finish bronzed stainless steel personally designed 2,000-square-foot private house, 18.36.54.

Daniel Libeskind has taught and lectured at many universities worldwide. He is currently a guest professor at Leuphana University in Luneburg, Germany, and has held such positions as Visiting and Guest Professor at the Paul Cret Chair of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, the Louis Kahn Chair and the Davenport Chair at Yale, the First Frank O. Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, the University of London, the University of Houston, the University of Illinois, the University of Technology in Graz, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received a Senior Fulbright and taught at the Helsinki Technical University. He was a Professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weisensee in Berlin, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Kentucky, and Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London. For a time, he served as architect in residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center
Brett Littman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center After four years as deputy director of MoMA PS1, where he managed five departments and oversaw the Warm Up summer DJ festival and (now radio, Brett Littman assumed the post of executive director of The Drawing Center in 2007.

Littman brought with him experience as a writer and critic as well as an administrator. Since 1996 he has contributed news and commentary to a range of international publications and critical essays to many scholarly catalogues.

As a curator, Littman has organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions. For The Drawing Center, he curated Yuksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations; Greta Magnusson Grossman: Lighting and Furniture; Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?, which was awarded the `Best Show in Non-Profit Gallery' award by AICA USA in 2010, as well as Drawing and its Double: Selections from the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome (2011) and co-curated with Joanna Kleinberg, Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals (toured to four Europe venues in 2012-2013 and will be at TDC in September 2013). Littman organized Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios, the inaugural exhibition for the Center's newly expanded space in November 2012; Notationotations, a collaboration between Susan Hefuna and choreographer Luca Vegetti and Alexis Rockman: Drawings from the Life of Pi which both opened in September 2013; and Ferran Adria: Notes on Creativity, the first exhibition to explore the drawings of the world renowned chef from elBulli, which opened in January 2014. For the American Folk Art Museum, New York, Littman organized Eugene Von Bruenchenhein in 2010, for Japan Society Gallery, he curated the drawing component of Mariko Mori: Rebirth October 2013 - January 2014 and David Lynch Naming for Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles, November 2013 - January 2014. Upcoming projects for The Drawing Center include: an exhibition of drawings from the 1940's of Bauhaus and Black Mountain College artist Xanti Schawinsky (September 2014), a collaboration with the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris on an exhibition of 400 years of portrait drawings (April 2015) and a video program by Turkish artist Inci Eniver (April 2015).

Along with his curatorial responsibilities, Littman collaborates with board and staff members to frame The Drawing Center's vision and strategic course. He oversees all aspects of running and programming the museum and managed and oversaw the Center's $11 million capital campaign and building expansion which was completed in November 2012.

Toby Cecchini, Bartender & Author
Toby is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008. In 2013 he reopened Cobble Hill's Historic Long Island Bar.

 THE WEDGE (for Daniel Libeskind) By Toby Cecchini

  • Absolute Elyx Vodka
  • Fresh Shiso leaf
  • Pomelo peel

Absolut Elyx Vodka infused with fresh shiso leaf and pomelo peel, then spun for 30 minutes in a commercial medical centrifuge and re-distilled in a rotary evaporator. Served in a double old-fashioned glass with one hand-carved wedge of sculptural ice.


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