July 01, 2020

Esther will be delivering a Zoom talk about Le Corbuffet as part of The Glass House Presents: an ongoing series of talks, performances, and other live events that extend the site’s historic role as a gathering place for artists, architects, and other creative minds.

July 13, 7pm EST | Register here

June 19, 2020

Esther recently contributed a talk about models of exclusion in architecture to From Here; For Now: a series consisting of 36+ online short talks by artists and designers over 3 weekly sessions.

May 18, 2020

Esther was invited by T: The New York Times Style Magazine to create photographs using objects in her immediate surroundings that conjured comfort while under self-isolation during the pandemic. Read the piece and interview by Michael Snyder here.

May 17, 2020

Le Corbuffet was selected as one of the AIGA's 50 best books and cover designs of last year. The 2019 winning selections will become a part of a permanent, accessible, and historic collection of notable graphic design in the AIGA Design Archives. The books become part of the AIGA collection at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Congratulations to Studio Lin on this wonderful recognition!

May 05, 2020

Le Corbuffet has been nominated for a 2020 James Beard Foundation Book Award for photography. Truly thrilled to be in such good company.

April 21, 2020

J.J. Charlesworth reviews Le Corbuffet in Art Review.

April 14, 2020

Esther will be giving an online lecture-performance entitled "The Unsustainable Sublime" on Wednesday, April 15 (5PM PST/ 8PM EST) as part of the HOPES Conference hosted by the University of Oregon. You can register for the webinar and conference here.
_

“The Unsustainable Sublime" is a scholarly polemic that explores the sense of impasse that has come to characterize architecture’s inaction towards the issue of climate recuperation. The paper argues that the field’s inertia is in direct proportion to its allegiance to a logic of neoliberalism that is inherently at odds with the aims of more equitable socioecological endeavors, such as the Green New Deal. Such logic supports the belief that the vast, complex reach of climate change can only be tackled through measures of exceptionalism, while it also subsumes any local attempts at amelioration as opportunities to generate capital. What results through this cognitive dissonance is a counterfactual image that renders knowledge, rhetoric and aesthetics as powerless social tools in the fight against climate change, despite the countless examples throughout history that have proven otherwise.

April 09, 2020

Le Corbuffet is featured in Modern in Denver Magazine.

April 07, 2020

Esther was interviewed by Cathy Erway for the podcast "Eat Your Words" on Heritage Radio Network. Listen to the interview here.

March 21, 2020

Le Corbuffet is included on Saveur Magazine's list of the season's best books.

March 05, 2020

With the rise of popular feminism, the unequal status of women in architecture has become a familiar topic typically centered on identifying quantitative imbalances in the profession: from issues of unequal pay and licensure, to voids in scholarship or representation. Yet beyond drawing awareness to these omissions, how might a discourse of gender parity move beyond numbers to consider the relationship between sexism and other forms of discrimination in the design fields in more nuanced, interconnected and multifaceted ways?

Assemble co-founder Jane Hall’s recently released book, Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women (Phaidon, 2019)—a ground-breaking visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early 20th century to the present day— acts as the pivot point for a timely conversation about navigating the complex terrain of gender identity and architecture through an intersectional approach. Hall will be interviewed by artist and architectural historian Esther Choi, as they discuss the pitfalls and pathways for feminist scholarship and activism in the architectural profession. An audience Q&A will follow.

March 5, 2020
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street, New York City
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Free, but space is limited

February 25, 2020

Esther Choi sat down to discuss Le Corbuffet with Whitney Mallett for PIN-UP Magazine. Read the article here.

February 13, 2020

IN PRINT: 032c's Issue #37 (Winter 2019/20) includes Le Corbuffet in their favourite books of the season:

"Choi pushes the politics, but it's the ritualism of the idea that really stands out. In his 1890 comparative study of religion and magic The Golden Bough, James Frazer demonstrated that almost every society has a ritual, cover or overt, of theophagy--the sacramental eating of one's god(s). From Dionysiac feasts to the Christian Eucharist, one way to connect to the power of your deity or ancestor has always been to swallow them. By making an actual meal out of the elders of modernism, of the giants of the 20th-century avant-garde, Le Corbuffet is an atavistic communion."

February 07, 2020

Le Corbuffet is included in Eye Magazine, the international review of graphic design.

February 03, 2020

Esther will be delivering a lecture at the University of Tennessee Knoxville on Feb. 10. More information can be found here.

February 01, 2020

Esther is part of a group show entitled "Fulfilled" at Ohio State Knowlton School of Architecture, curated by Ashley Bigham.

January 20, 2020

Le Corbuffet is featured in the German edition of Architectural Digest.

January 11, 2020

Le Corbuffet is featured in Dezeen.

January 07, 2020

The Robb Report heralds Le Corbuffet as "one of the weirdest coffee table books this year." Read the article here.

January 02, 2020

Changes of State, a performance created by Esther Choi and Anthony Acciavatti, is featured in the newly released publication Where Will the Water Come From: One Year of Water Futures. The catalogue accompanies the year-long exhibition Water Futures curated by Jane Withers at A/D/O.

December 19, 2019

Le Corbuffet is included in Epicurious’s gift guide.

December 03, 2019

Esther Choi was interviewed by Frances Anderton, host of the show DnA on KCRW in Los Angeles. Read more about the conversation and listen to it here.

December 02, 2019

Le Corbuffet is included in the Architect's Newspaper's "must-reads for this fall."

November 25, 2019

Le Corbuffet has won the national award in the Photography category of the 2020 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The book will represent the United States at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which will be held in China and Paris in 2020.

November 14, 2019

Le Corbuffet is included in New York Magazine's "41 of the Year’s Most Giftable Coffee-Table Books." Read the piece here.

November 12, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured in the French edition of Vanity Fair. Read "Art de vivre : « Le Corbuffet », le livre de recettes qui cuisine les stars de l’Art" by Margaux Krehl.

November 06, 2019

Read Peter Smisek's review of Le Corbuffet in Icon Magazine.

October 26, 2019

Please join us for a late afternoon picnic /social sculpture on Saturday, October 26th, to celebrate the release of artist Esther Choi’s new art/cookbook, Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design Classics. Held in conjunction with the MAK Center’s exhibition, Soft Schindler, the event will take place in an immersive outdoor installation designed by Laurel Consuelo Broughton of Welcome Projects. Soft Schindler curator, Mimi Zeiger will lead a discussion with Choi and Broughton, followed by a Q&A. Le Corbuffet-inspired nibbles interpreted by Esther Choi and Casey Dobbins will be on offer, as well as corbooziers courtesy of Yola Mezcal. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is open to MAK Center members. To RSVP, or to sign up for a membership, please email office@makcenter.org.

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles
Saturday, October 26, 4-7PM

October 16, 2019

Vogue.com reviews Le Corbuffet:

"Artist and self-taught cook Esther Choi transcends the traditional cookbook format with these highly aesthetic, inspired recipes that interpret modern art and architecture through food. ... Don’t be fooled by this book’s spare typeface and strikingly quirky imagery—anyone who appreciates food that looks as good as it tastes will want this book."

October 09, 2019

Esther was invited to give a talk about the visual politics of sustainability at Cornell University AAP as part of their Living Room Event series.

October 06, 2019

Read Anne Quito's article about Le Corbuffet in Quartz: “…look beyond the book’s cheeky puns and there is meaty cultural critique… The book’s graphic design underscores Choi’s subversiveness too.”

October 05, 2019

Read an interview with Esther Choi by Kelly Caminero, senior photo editor of The Daily Beast.

October 05, 2019

Read Esther's recent interview about Le Corbuffet with LinYee Yuan in MOLD Magazine: "Whether this sounds like a menu for the dinner party of your absurdist dreams, or its sending you into a tizzy of pun-tastic possibilities, Le Corbuffet, a new cookbook featuring 60 recipes with names like Quiche Haring and Lucy Orta Torta, is a riotous homage to the art and design of cooking and consumption. ...Choi spoke with MOLD about the process of creating the book, the ways that cooking can be critique, and how food is political."

October 04, 2019

NYC Book Launch | Join Esther Choi in conversation with LinYee Yuan from Mold Magazine to discuss her new art/ cookbook, Le Corbuffet: Edible Art and Design Classics. Snacks and corbooziers will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Open to all but please RSVP.

Friday Oct. 4, 2019, 7-9pm
Archestratus Books + Foods
160 Huron Street, Greenpoint
Brooklyn, New York

October 02, 2019

Le Corbuffet is reviewed in Core 77: "Esther Choi's book 'Le Corbuffet' is a delicious read."

September 29, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured in Design Milk: "...we couldn’t help but eat it up! Choi’s recipes seek to encourage the integration of art in everyday life by distilling the practices of figures such as Frida Kahlo and Barbara Kruger into their best and most delicious aspects."

September 21, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured in the New York Times's T Magazine "roundup of things our editors are excited about": "...her creations are delicious whether or not you prefer your bread rolls served in the shape of a Florence Knoll midcentury modern couch." Read "A Salad for Frida Kahlo, and Other Artist-Inspired Recipes," by Emma Orlow in T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

August 25, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured on Artnet News.

August 25, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured in Artribune. Read "Arte e cibo. Arriva Le Corbuffet, il ricettario concettuale di Esther Choi," by Valentina Tanni.

August 22, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured on Colossal. Read "Le Corbuffet: Conceptual Cookbook Presents Art-Inspired Recipes as Contemporary Sculptures" by Kate Sierzputowski.

August 20, 2019

Le Corbuffet is featured on Kottke.org.

January 01, 2019

Esther was one of the six recipients of the 2019 Richard Rogers Fellowship, an award and residency program at the Wimbledon House in London, the landmarked residence designed by Lord Richard Rogers for his parents in the late 1960s. The six fellows named for the 2019 cycle were chosen from nearly 140 applicants from around the world. Since its inception, the Richard Rogers Fellowship has drawn serious scholars from a range of fields and backgrounds to London, where they have engaged with that city’s great research and design institutions.

December 31, 2018

A commission from T: The New York Times Style Magazine of still life photography inspired by "dark cuisine" for the February 2019 women's issue. Read "How So-Called ‘Ugly Food’ Is Challenging Notions of What We Crave" by Ligaya Mishan.

November 26, 2018

A recent shoot for T: The New York Times Style Magazine's holiday issue: Read "As Pastry Chefs Decline in Ranks, a Revolution in Cakes and Pies by Rebecca Flint Marx

November 23, 2018

Changes of State: A Workshop about Embodying Water at A/D/O –
Anthony Acciavatti and Esther Choi will lead an interactive workshop that explores the politics of sharing, consuming and caring for water in its many states. Using the Ganges River in India as their point of inspiration, Acciaviatti and Choi will lead participants through a series of performative thought experiments set against the backdrop of the Himalayas. Said to be one of the most polluted and dying rivers in the world, the Ganges is also revered by millions as sacred. This event will encourage new ways of thinking about our relationship with water and what it means to be a steward of our most precious commodity.
Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 7:00PM
This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. Click here for more information.

November 08, 2018

Esther will deliver a talk at Southern California Institute of Architecture, W.M. Keck Lecture Hall | November 14, 2018; 7:00pm.
SCI-Arc, 960 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

More info can be found here.

November 01, 2018

Esther was commissioned by T Magazine to create images inspired by the Future Library. Read more here.

October 31, 2018

Esther gave a talk about "The Compositing Impulse" to students in Zeina Koreitem's course 'Digital Media: Image' (VIS-2226) at Harvard Graduate School of Design on 10/31/18. Thanks for the invitation, Zeina!

October 30, 2018

Esther gave a talk about her work with food as a design tool to form alternative kinship structures at Harvard Graduate School of Design on 10/30/18 at 6:30pm.

September 06, 2018

Esther will be an artist in residence in the Department of Photography at Concordia University in September 2018.

June 28, 2018

Architecture Is All Over, designed by Neil Donnelly and Ben Fehrman-Lee, is featured on the AIGA Eye on Design site! Read "This is What Post-digital Print Should Look Like”.

June 15, 2018

Esther Choi was interviewed about the relevance of the Pritzker Prize for Monocle Radio's podcast Monacle on Design. Listen to "Who Are the Pritzkers?"

June 08, 2018

At the Edge of Everything Else | St. Louis is a social space for artists, architects, urbanists, and others on the “critical spatial practice” spectrum. The name is poached from Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter’s 2010 'Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else'. Taking their titular gesture a step further, At the Edge of Everything Else privileges no one departure point, instead inhabiting an interdisciplinary center-space defined by the entanglement of the fields at its periphery: art, architecture, urban theory, cultural geography, landscape, and community development (to name a few). At the Edge of Everything Else is free and open to anyone working at the intersection of cultural and spatial production. www.edgeofeverythingstl.org

May 04, 2018

On May 15, Esther will present a paper at the Media and Modernity Doctoral Colloquium at Princeton School of Architecture. 5 PM, Room N-107

April 07, 2018

On April 7, Esther will be delivering a paper on the panel "Towards an Aesthetics of Geology in the Age of Anthropocene," at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Art History taking place at the Courtauld Institute in London (April 5-7).

April 06, 2018

On April 6th, Esther will be participating in "On Sympathy: A One-Off Occasion" hosted by artist Isabel Lewis. In collaboration with the major exhibition, The Classical Now, artist Isabel Lewis will be hosting an occasion in the Bush House Arcade. The event will form part of the AAH Conference Festival, and this particular component will be free to the public. The event has been organized together with Michael Squire and Brooke Holmes.

April 02, 2018

Esther will partake in a conversation about microbes and the politics of dough with Orkan Telhan (UPenn) on April 2, as part of Princeton University's Mellon Forum: Sensorial Urbanism - The Aesthetics of Immateriality.

March 21, 2018

March 21 - Esther will deliver a talk about "sustainability's image problem" at Cranbrook Art Museum, as part of Cranbrook Academy of Art's Architecture Lecture Series.

February 06, 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of ART PAPERS features Robert Wiesenberger's thoughtfully written review of Architecture Is All Over. Read the review here.

January 27, 2018

Esther will be participating as a panelist in the Becoming Digital conference at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning on February 2-3, 2018. More information can be found here.

January 24, 2018

Architecture Is All Over will be featured in the 2018 Brno Biennial of Graphic Design (May 10 - August 28, 2018). Designed by Neil Donnelly and Ben Fehrman-Lee, the book was selected by an international jury. Read more about the event here.

January 22, 2018

Architecture Is All Over is featured in Concordia Magazine. Read "What's Happening to Architecture?" by Matthew Scribner.

December 30, 2017

Architecture Is All Over is featured in an article on the evolving architectural book. Read The Architecture Book Is Alive But Evolving by Sammy Medina in the December 2017 issue of Metropolis.

December 16, 2017

The neighbourhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant in Brooklyn has the highest rate of food insecurity in New York City. To help spread the love to our fellow New Yorkers, a Le Corbuffet lunch event was organized for City Harvest, a food rescue organisation that helps to feed the hungry in New York City. Read more about the event here.

November 03, 2017

A conversation about reimagining labor, bureaucracy and the economics of practice amidst the neoliberal turn, with Amica Dall and Joseph Halligan of Assemble, and Esther Choi . 11/3 at 7pm. e-flux 311 E Broadway, New York, NY. Free and open to the public, sponsored by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative. More information can be found here.

November 02, 2017

Esther Choi and her forthcoming project Le Corbuffet are featured in The Globe and Mail's design section. Read It was all a Dream, by Kristina Ljubanovic

October 26, 2017

Two gorillas named Mok and Moina Mozissa were some of the earliest residents of modern architecture in England. Although they were considered a novel attraction in their own right, most of the attention that accompanied their arrival from the Congo was directed towards the modern house that was built for them. Commissioned by the Zoological Society of London, the Gorilla House by Tecton was considered a marvel of innovative design and technological advancement that far surpassed any building that had been built in England. While it may appear that the Zoo’s grounds provided an unlikely canvas for a new era of modern architectural expression in Britain, this talk explores how geopolitical pressures, not too unlike the ones responsible for the Zoological Society’s formation, prompted the display of Mok and Moina’s exotic wildness in the most ‘civilised’, domesticated, and troubling circumstances of captivity.

Please join us for a talk entitled "The Nature of the Beast: Tecton and the Gorilla House at the London Zoo," at The Center for Experimental Humanities at NYU. New York University, 14 University Place (next to Deutsches Haus), New York, NY, 12:30-1:45pm. Free and open to the public. More information can be found here.

October 14, 2017

Join coeditors Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter, along with contributors Troy Schaum and Rosalyne Shieh of Schaum/ Shieh, on 10/18 for our first event to celebrate the launch of Architecture Is All Over! This event is free, but RSVPs are required. A/D/O, 29 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, 7-9pm. RSVP here

October 12, 2017

Architecture Is All Over in the LA Times: "There’s a new book from Columbia University Press, edited by Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter, called 'Architecture Is All Over.' The title, of course, has a double meaning: architecture is everywhere and nowhere, stylish and impotent, feted and spent. That split personality is a Bilbao Effect too." Two decades after Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao, where does architecture stand? by Christopher Hawthorne

October 01, 2017

In August, Esther interviewed Andrea Trimarchi of Studio Formafantasma and Brent Dzekciorious of Dzek about their fascinating experiments to transform volcanic ash into an architectural material. You can read the article on this site, or online at SSENSE.

September 22, 2017

Esther was an invited critic for a workshop led by Anthony Engi Meacock and Joseph Halligan of Assemble Studio, at the University of Michigan. The workshop is part of "Collective Memories", a studio co-taught by Assistant Professor Tsz Yan Ng (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning) and Professor David Chung (The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design).

September 01, 2017

Architecture Is All Over is now available for purchase! You can find it at McNally Jackson (New York); the New Museum (New York); Spoonbill & Sugartown (Brooklyn); the Graham Foundation (Chicago); Labyrinth Books (Princeton); the AA Bookshop (London); RIBA Bookshop (London); Serpentine Bookshop (London); the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montréal); Books, People, Places (Berlin); and the list of retailers continues to grow. Alternatively, you can order it directly from Columbia University Press or Amazon.

June 24, 2017

Esther contributed an essay entitled "Second Lives" to Reaper: Sigfried Giedion and Richard Hamilton, a collection of essays edited by Carson Chan (JRP Ringier, 2017). The starting point of this publication—and its eponymous exhibition—is the conceptual encounter between English Pop artist Richard Hamilton (1922–2011) and Swiss historian and critic of architecture Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968). In the exhibition at the Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich (May 3–June 25 2017), Hamilton is represented by his early series of “Reaper works” (1949), inspired by Giedion’s seminal publication Mechanization Takes Command.

June 16, 2017

Sammy Medina of Metropolis Magazine sat down with Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter to discuss their forthcoming volume, Architecture Is All Over. Is Architecture Finished? Depends How You Define It.