NURHAN GOKTURK is an artist and urban designer. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Gokturk immigrated to New York City at the age of three. Raised in Queens and Brooklyn and educated in the public school system, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master's Degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. His projects have been featured at the Venice Biennale, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dox Centre for Contemporary Art (Prague), Buenos Aires International Biennial of Architecture, Aqua Art Fair (Miami), GLOBAL Design (London), the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans 40th Anniversary Show, Governor’s Island Art Center (NYC), the New Institute in Rotterdam, the Onsite Gallery in Toronto and the Inaugural Bywater Biennial. His work has also been exhibited in Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Detroit, London, Toronto, Vienna, as well as, across France, Germany and the United States. He has been featured in Metropolis Magazine, Gambit's Top 40 under 40, was interviewed on NPR and awarded the Architizer A+ Award. Nurhan coordinated the first major Habitat for Humanity Buckminster Fuller Design Science Exhibition in Istanbul.


The Salons are lithographic plates from 1919 that have been physically cut and overlayed onto paintings, ultimately collapsing the views of period rooms from the The Palais de L’Elysee and Hotels in Paris.

The Palais de L’Elysee has been the official residence of the President of France since 1848. Dating to the early 18th century, it contains the office of the President and the meeting place of the Council of Ministers. It is located near the Champs-Elysee. The name Élysée is derived from Elysian Fields. The Hotels are located in Le Faubourg St.-Honore throughout Paris and were constructed in the early 18th Century.

The cuts are binoculars into a separate realm where grey toned perspectival fields challenge the wide gamut of color space. These re-imagined places are periscopic viewports into the non-dimensional systems. The historical precision of these drawings confronts the automatic, expressive and inexact sensibility of the paintings.


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2000-02     Harvard University
                    Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA 
                    Master of Architecture in Urban Design  
1989-96     Pratt Institute
                    School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY
                    Bachelor of Architecture

2017           Forthcoming – Whitney White Linen Night, Contemporary Arts Center,
                    New Orleans, LA
                    Forthcoming – Utopia’s, Prospect 4 Satellite, New Orleans, LA
                    The Salons, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA (Solo)
                    Linked, New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA
                    Southern Abstraction Part One and Two, Old 77 Chandlery, New Orleans, LA
2016           Art for Art’s Sake, Contemporary Art’s Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
                    Contemporary Art’s Center New Orleans 40th Anniversary Exhibition,
                    New Orleans, LA
                    BHBM Artist Series Summer Exhibition,  Baldwin, Haspel, Burke & Mayer,
                    New Orleans, LA
2015           Bywater Biennial, New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA
                    Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL
                    Art for Art’s Sake, Big Dreams, Tiny Canvases, Where Y’Art, New Orleans, LA
                    Art for Art’s Sake, 2300 Miles, One String, Many Drawings, 
                    Pop City’s Southern Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
                    Post Carbon City State, New York I Love You, But…, Terreform ONE,
                    NYU, NY.
                    Ecotarium Lawrence Technological University, Terreform ONE, Detroit, MI
2014           Venice Biennale, Official Selection 14th Int’l Architecture Exhibition,
                    Palazzo Mora, IT
                    OfficeUS  Outpost of the American Pavilion, Venice, IT
                    Design for Resilience, Boston Architectural College (BAC), McCormick Gallery,
                    Boston, MA
                    VIA Festival International Exposition Micro/ Macro, at Maubeuge,
                    Créteil, and Lille, FR
                    BBC Futures, Building Tomorrow Exhibit, Openhouse Gallery, New York, NY                       


2016          Pecha Kucha Vol. 20, “Come As You Are”  The Art Garage, New Orleans, LA.
                   Luna Bazar Official Selection, Arts Council New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.
2015          Percent for Art, Official First Quarter Selection and purchase, Bio City World Map,
                   New Orleans, LA
                   Master Practioner, Critical Practice Studio CRITPraX, Lawrence
                   Technological University
                   Official Selection for New Orleans Ballet Theater Poster, Orpheum Theater,
                   New Orleans, LA
2014          Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award, Architecture + Communication,
                   Bio City Map, NY