Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were famous as architects long before they ever made a building.Mostly they made trouble. In the grand tradition of Marcel Duchamp, this husband-and-wife team has embraced art as provocation. So far, it's working. They were awarded a MacArthur, the "genius" fellowship, for such efforts as Bad Press, in which they ironed standard white shirts into surprising shapes. Then came theBlur Building at Swiss Expo 2002—a platform over Lake Neuchâtel shrouded in clouds created by 31,000 fog nozzles.
The pair is being honored with a retrospective this month at the Whitney Museum in New York—"Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller + Scofidio" (March 1-June 1). On display will be all those things they've produced in lieu of buildings: installations, new-media works, set designs, shirts and suitcases, cocktail glasses, and giant lips. Plus, the occasional building. Come 2006, you'll be able to visit two of their most prestigious commissions yet: the new Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and Eyebeam Atelier in Manhattan, a museum-laboratory devoted to new media.