Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers: Overwriting Spatial Imaginaries

Upright poles and rectangular blocks in a field of dry grass with trees behind.

A site-specific installation by Dream The Combine. image / Caylon Hackwith

Cornell in Rome Fall 2022 Lecture Series

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers are architects, artists, and the founders of Dream The Combine, based in Ithaca, New York, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together, they have produced numerous site-specific installations in the U.S. and Canada that explore metaphor, perceptual uncertainties, and the boundary between real and illusory space. Dream The Combine is a winner of the 2022–2023 Rome Prize in Architecture, the 2022 United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and Design, the 2021 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2020–2021 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize, the 2018 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1, the 2018 Art Omi Architecture Residency, and the 2017 FSP/Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Dream The Combine is also part of the curatorial ensemble for the 2023 Counterpublic Triennial in St. Louis, Missouri. Dream The Combine's work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York, New York; MadArtStudio in Seattle, Washington; East Haddam, Connecticut; Vancouver B.C.; Rome, Italy; Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Columbus, Indiana. They have been published widely, including features in Wallpaper, Metropolis, Architect, Log, Architectural Record, Dezeen, and The Architect's Newspaper. In addition to Dream The Combine, Jennifer is Assistant Professor and Tom is Assistant Professor of the Practice at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. They are both graduates of the Yale School of Architecture.

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