‘Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion” Exhibition

The City Reliquary

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This exhibition is devoted exclusively to Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion from the 1964 New York World’s Fair and asks viewers to consider the necessity of ruins in the modern age.

Archival images from Bill Cotter show the Pavilion at its height during the Fair; photographs by Phil Buehler, Marco Catini, and Robert Fein capture the beauty of the building in its ruined state. An installation by Aaron Asis evokes the Pavilion’s iconic suspension-cable roof, and a painting by Eric Doeringer addresses Andy Warhol’s controversial “13 Most Wanted Men” that was installed on the Pavilion’s Theaterama during the Fair. Complementing these works will be ‘64 World’s Fair ephemera loaned in part by The Museum of Interesting Things; an audio clip of a 1999 interview with Philip Johnson; and Infinite Pools, a short film by Alex Zandi that captures iconic NYC architectural sites connected to Philip Johnson.

The opening reception for this exhibition on Saturday, October 1 at 7 PM will include a screening of the documentary Modern Ruin at 7:30 PM followed by a Q&A with its creator, Matthew Silva. We’ll serve a specialty cocktail first popularized at the ‘64 Fair, and beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

This exhibition was curated by Sarah Celentano, manager of The City Reliquary.




from September 29, 2016 to January 15, 2017

Opening Reception on 2016-10-01 from 19:00

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