Joshua Rechnitz. Matt Borkowski/BFA.com
By Dan Duray, Farah Abdessamad, Christa Terry and The Editors for Observer
Powerhouse Arts founder, Joshua Rechnitz, is included in the Observer's list of Most Influential People in the Art World Today.
Philanthropy is a family affair for Joshua Rechnitz. His grandparents and parents actively supported art institutions and causes, and Joshua—also a collector—upheld that tradition when he donated $180 million to transform Brooklyn’s “Batcave” into the nonprofit cultural hub, Powerhouse Arts. Rechnitz acquired the six-story industrial building on the Gowanus Canal in 2012 for $7 million. He contracted leading architecture companies, including Herzog & de Meuron (previous projects: Beijing’s bird nest-shaped national stadium and London’s Tate Modern), to redesign the building that was once a decrepit shell. Opened to much fanfare in May of 2023, Powerhouse Arts boasts 170,000 square feet of below-market-rate artist production facilities—for ceramics, printing and more—and event space with a sumptuous Great Hall.
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