Calendar of Events

Wed 02.10.2016

Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion - Screening and Discussion


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Where: At The Center   

Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park in Queens. It chronicles the demise of the Tent of Tomorrow over the past 50 years, including the observation towers, the multi-colored glass ceiling, and the terrazzo flooring. The film details its post-fair use as a 1960s concert venue and 1970s roller rink, and provides an overview of the years of neglect as well as the recent advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure.

Directed by Matthew Silva, with Executive Producers Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst, the documentary will set the stage for a panel discussion following the film. Moderated by John Kriskiewicz, the discussion will focus on recent preservation and adaptive reuse efforts, as well as design and planning underway for both the structure and the surrounding parkland.

Reception to follow.

Moderator: John Kriskiewicz, Architectural Historian

Matthew Silva, Filmmaker; Director, Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion
Kevin Quinn, AIA, Chief of Architecture and Engineering, NYC Parks and Recreation
Janice Melnick, Administrator, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Paul Goldberger, Architectural Critic

Organized by: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members



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